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Letters to the Editor - June 12, 2009

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By The Staff

When working for a

company meant something

Does anyone besides me remember when you worked faithfully with a company for 30 or 40 years and they took care of you for life?

They appreciated your loyalty to the point where every employee received a decent wage, good working conditions, paid vacations, health benefits and a retirement system that followed you and your spouse to the grave.

I came from the small city of Syracuse N.Y., that had a General Motors and Chrysler automobile plant, a large GE factory, Carrier Corp., Allied Chemical, Sylvania Corp, L.C. Smith typewriter manufacturing, and the twin towers of Money ins. corp. These factories have not only left the area but most have left the country, leaving behind McDonalds and Burger King as our new source of employment for those left behind.

I read in this Sunday’s newspaper where national columnist George Will is complaining that our government is going to try to help our failing auto industry by loaning them money to stay in business. George Will was also upset that our government has allowed negotiations between GM and the Union representing the workers that agreed to have parts for their cars made in America rather than China which they are presently doing. To George Will this is an outrage and an end of international trade and prosperity. George seems to forget that if we produce our own automobiles we can then engage in international trade and keep the prosperity here in America.

It still has not been proven to me where producing American-named products in foreign countries is good for America and the American workers. The good old days are truly gone and our children will only know of them by reading the history books of what used to be the greatest manufacturing country in the world.

Jerry Segovis

Ocala

Must restrain outrage

I shall try to be as unemotional as possible and restrain my outrage.

About 150 years ago, a fellow by the name of Abe Lincoln coined a phrase that has in effect become the watchword of our beloved country. It was “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” The simplicity of this statement is thrilling and could bring tears to the eyes.

It does not mean government for the extremely wealthy who may want to perpetuate their wealth for untold generations by, in essence, violating the effect of the law against perpetuities. It does not mean allowing the “K” Street Syndrome and Congress chasing political contributions which corrupt their ability to govern properly. It means praising those who voted for the most spiritual law, the graduated income tax, which has unhappily been desecrated by greed.

It means being thankful for the incredible genius of our forefathers who inserted in the Constitution the lifetime appointment to our Supreme Court enabling its members to say in effect, “I am in for life. I can vote, think, render opinions as my conscience directs.

Nobody can influence me; only if I commit a crass wrong can I be removed.”

It does not mean allowing “Wall Street” big banks and “investment” houses to run unregulated with “bundled mortgages” turned into equity. It does not mean handing out credit cards like free candy – all without regulation. Regulation, protection of the people is government’s job.

Isn’t health care a right under “of the people, by the people and for the people?”

Does the above make me a communist, a socialist or an unpatriotic sleazeball? If so, guilty, your honor.

Robert E. Fox

Oak Run

June 4, 2009

A day that should live in history

June 4, 2009 is a day in history that should not go unnoticed. Not since the 7th century when Islam started has there been a confrontation between Islam and Christianity like today — June 4, 2009. President Barack Obama, quoting from the Quran for emphasis, called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East. "This cycle of suspicion and discord must end."

If you go back and study the crusades, one of the objectives was to make Jerusalem the capital for Christianity. The original crusade was an act of frustration when they had expected the second coming in 1000. The objective was to seize the Middle East and "prepare" it or make it acceptable so that "god" would be obliged to live up to their expectations. Sound familiar? It is the clarion call of the Fundies right now! As the 400 years of battles went so badly, the Roman church had to stay in Italy but their idealized goal was to control the whole Middle East. Doing so would require them to have total victory and of course, that didn’t work out too well, did it?

Now, the whole world has been brought to the brink of annihilation simply because these myth makers want to continue this age old battle. They are stories that have got to change and for a man who upholds Christianity but has Muslim roots to stand before the whole world and say that the insanity must stop. We should be applauding. Not that it is going to stop instantly but for those of us who are just plain tired of these continued neurotic battles over childish wish fulfillment stories, the shift has begun. There will always be pockets of fanaticism, but we can remove them from controlling the public platform and voice. The grownups have to take charge and take responsibility for mankind’s destructive behavior. The vibes have shifted and the fanatics on both sides are fools screaming that they aren’t getting their way — good riddance to all of them, they can’t disappear soon enough.

Bill and Estelle Marder

American values

disappearing

I write this letter as a parent and grandparent.

In 1961, I heard a new president proclaim, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country.” This president was a Democrat.

In 1981, I heard a new president proclaim, “Government is not the solution, but it is the problem!” This president was a Republican.

But in 2009, I heard a new president, “berate his predecessor as the cause and problem.” His only solution was “larger government.” And since Inauguration Day, he continues attacking his predecessor. This is the first time in my lifetime, I have witnessed such “poor behavior” by a sitting president. Maybe, this is what he meant by change, during the campaign.

Those first two presidents passed massive tax-cuts to stimulate our economy. This president believes in tax-hikes!

Those first two presidents believed in a strong national defense and defining, then standing up to the enemies of America. This president sees us as the cause of our enemies’ behavior.

Those first two presidents welcomed dissent and never tried to “silence” his opponents. This current president cannot make this statement.

They believed in the free-enterprise system and the capitalist way of living. It has worked very well for us. This president believes in socialism, despite the fact that it has never been equal to our capitalist way of life.

Those first two presidents always opposed discrimination in any form, but not this president. He believes in reverse discrimination as a way to atone for our past!

Come to think of it, he says nothing good about America or its past. Thank God, now there’s something else he has no use for; I lived in an era when presidents spoke of the good and great things about America. And they all treated their predecessors with the respect for the office they held, despite some political differences that may have been.

Too bad our children and grandchildren will not be able to make that statement. The values that we knew as Americans are disappearing, led by the current occupant of the White House.

He is leaving our kids and grandkids something those first two presidents would never dream of leaving. With the way this administration is printing money to buy our way out of this problem, inflation will be a major concern, after our kids and grandkids pay off this stimulus bill.

What a sad future to leave them. Isn’t it ironic; we go to war to preserve a better way of life for the next generation. Yet, because we are not in a major war now, we stop thinking about their future? How sad!

I think that presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan would agree.

Walter A. Lamp

Ocala