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Letters to the Editor

July 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor 7/1/12



Rex Davis


Time for a change

Dear Editor:

I’m probably the last person in the country to figure this out. I was trying to understand why liberals are so interested in “spreading the wealth” by taxing the “evil rich.” And then it dawned on me. Liberals believe there is a limited amount of wealth in the country and the rich have more than their fair share.

If that were true, I could understand them better. In fact, wealth is created and destroyed every day. Conservatives believe there is an unlimited amount of wealth to be made and creating more of it would benefit everyone.

If a person starts a new business and hires people, he might create more wealth for himself, but he also creates more wealth for those who work for him. The employees have more money to buy “stuff,” which creates demand for more “stuff” and more jobs and more wealth. Rinse and repeat.

Another way to look at it: If the liberal idea applied to God’s love, every new child that is born would reduce the amount of love God has to give the rest of us. When Adam and Eve were the only people, God had a lot of love to spread. Now, with 7 billion on the Earth, each person would only be getting a tiny amount of love from God. How absurd!

God’s love has no limit. Likewise, wealth (opportunity) has no limit, as long as the government doesn’t punish those who create it and reward those who don’t. For the last three years, our government has been punishing (with taxes, regulation, class warfare and nasty rhetoric) those who want to create wealth for themselves and others. We are overdue for a change.


Bruce Wilson


Respect community

Dear Editor:

A comment was recently made that concerns about health care, the environment, and other humane issues mean nothing if our personal freedoms are lost. I do care about my fellow human beings and find it oddly and incredibly selfish not to.

I do not understand the connection between concerns for these issues versus the loss of personal freedoms. Individual freedoms are important but we do, after all, live in a community. If, for example, I live next door to you and I want to burn tires that is my right, but then it impinges upon your right to not inhale the fumes.

The United States Constitution was not developed merely to keep the federal government at bay. It was an attempt to ensure that no one faction could become so powerful as to allow the development of a tyrannical dictatorship born out of the selfish self-interests of a few — hence, a vague yet rather complicated set of checks and balances whereby no one group would likely be in power for a lengthy amount of time — hence, differing, staggering, years for senatorial, representative, and for that matter, presidential, elections.

Government should strive to be efficient and effective as well as equitable for all citizens. I do hope that justice and fairness will prevail.

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