The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

December 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor 12/9/12

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to adam@athensnews-courier.com.

 

Leaders should

learn to compromise

Dear Editor:


This past election year was quite contentious to say the least. Alabama voted in the national election for the most conservative, yet unsure Republican nominee known for years.

The nation’s voters showed that it was tired of the obstructionism coming from House of Congress. They also showed they approve of a tax increase on the people who make more than $250,000.

The people of the U.S. want you, the elected representatives, to do your job and help this nation. You representatives of Alabama are not doing the things that help; you are only standing in the way, so that hopefully you will get a super majority so you can have your way. You know this is a pipe dream, and you have really forgotten whom you are representing.

A small tax increase on the people that can afford it, not the middle class, is a small sacrifice for the good of the nation. Along with the proposed money saving, deficit-cutting measures that both parties have said they can support, we should see the deficit drop dramatically.

In a few years we will be able to drop the tax rates when we get out of the mud and back on the road to prosperity.

Please do not take advantage of the American people. Come down off your high horses and talk to people outside you comfort zone. If you do this, you will see the real Americans are the one that are busy working and don’t have time to come to your “town meetings.” I have been there and these are just a “pat on the back” from the people who are in the “cocoon” with you.

All of the Alabama delegation wants to protect the nation through defense and NASA contracts, which in fact is a self-protection action. As long as they can bring in the federal dollars for their projects, they will almost assure their re-election. Such irony, the Alabama delegation deplores federal spending, which adds to the growing deficit, but they do not turn down dollars for this area whether it adds to the deficit or not.

For example, the millions for dollars for the new buildings on Redstone Arsenal — were these really needed? I know that you will state that the military realignment will bring many more workers to the Arsenal, but multi-millions for buildings that will house people that we may never see?

Do your job for America, and compromise.

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