Lack of courage, conviction in administration like never before
A Feb. 10 Coastal Voices piece I wrote, "Time to look under the hood," resulted in a letter from Don Stewart, another Klamath resident ("Op-ed blaming Obama for deficit, economy is full of incorrect info," Feb. 12). I wish to respectively respond.
Mr. Stewart inaccurately suggested I blamed Obama for the entire national debt. I actually blamed Obama for our national (federal) deficit "exploding" to $1.3 trillion.
I don't believe I inferred that Republicans were fiscally anything, let along being "fiscally responsible." But an inspection of debt figures going back to 1987 shows that the modern-day Democrat party, when controlling both houses of Congress, does in fact spend more money than its Republican counterparts.
If you throw in a Democrat president to rubber stamp their agenda, you lose trust, transparency and accountability.
Mr. Stewart states that jobs were steadily lost during the last 12 months of the Bush Jr. administration. In fact, during the 2001 to 2008 Bush Jr. years, unemployment ran up from 4.6 percent to 7.4 percent. It is also a fact that Obama's unemployment figures were 10 percent and 9.5 percent at year's end for 2009 and 2010, respectively.
This isn't a personal attack on Obama. It is an indictment of the lack of focus, courage, conviction and understanding lacking in this particular administration, a lacking I have never witnessed before in our country, based on rhetoric and apart from today's reality.
Del Norte Library Foundation helps get computers for library
The library will be getting new public access Internet computers at
both the main branch in Crescent City and at the Smith River branch.
The library is able to purchase these computers as a result of a
generous donation from the Del Norte Library Foundation. The foundation
was established in 1983 and supports the library district's efforts to
secure more stable and sustainable funding. Funds from the foundation
are used to buy books, equipment and facility maintenance.
The Del Norte Library Foundation receives donations from local
residents. These are held in a specific fund in the Wild Rivers
Community Foundation and only the generated interest is disbursed to the
library district. Donations are accepted year-round at P.O. Box 1457,
Crescent City, CA 95531.
With the economic downturn and the governor's proposed elimination of
library funding, this donation from the foundation is greatly
appreciated. New public Internet computers for the library would not
have been possible without the Del Norte Library Foundation.
Appalled by budget Pres. Obama gave Congress for many reasons
I sent this letter to President Obama:
Dear Mr. President:
I am appalled by the budget you sent to Congress. That budget
andbull; A 5 percent increase in military spending next year;
andbull; Ten more years of funding for war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the same time your budget:
andbull; Slashes funding for winter heat assistance for those living in
andbull; Further dismantles what little is left of the safety net for poor
and working families.
I am a lifelong Democrat. This is not the sort of budget I expect
from a president who is a member of the Democratic Party andhellip; at least not
the Democratic Party I believe in.
Here's the truth:
andbull; We can't afford the global empire your administration is trying to
preserve for Wall Street.
andbull; We can't afford more government welfare billionaires andhellip; or even the
ones we have today.
andbull; We can't afford a president who will stand up for the empire but
not for his people.
Mr. President, bring the troops home from Iraq now; end the war in
Afghanistan now; end the war on poor and working people now.
Mr. President, raise taxes on the filthy rich; you can start with a
50 percent tax on corporate bonuses. Focus on government's core
function: providing for the basic needs of the American people.
Del Norte lost a talented, caring, dedicated, hard-working person
Recently, a small space was devoted to inform us that Charles
("Chuck") Hartwick had passed away. This letter is not to condemn the
space allocated, but to serve as a small window into a portion of the
very busy, active life of one talented, dedicated, hard-working, caring
As the president of the Del Norte Amateur Radio Club, I speak on
behalf of all members to express our sadness and grief at Chuck's
passing, and to offer sincere condolences to Chuck's family and friends.
At the same time we are and have been blessed to have known and
worked with Chuck; we have all greatly benefited from his efforts and
kindnesses. Chuck was always the first to arrive at any meeting,
function, party or event. He had usually done all or most of the
planning and work, and he was usually the last to leave, making sure all
was cleaned up and left better than when we arrived.
His organizational skills were incomparable, and his dedication to
completion of a multitude of big tasks is yet awe-inspiring. In short,
he was the workhorse, the muscle and brains behind it all.
God be with Chuck's beloved family.
Thanks, Chuck, for all the great times. Get things ready for us "up
Fred Wagner, AD6FC
president, Del Norte
Amateur Radio Club
Taxes raised for $100K+ earners under Reagan and economy grew
Regarding Don Stewart's letter on Reaganomics ("Op-ed blaming Obama
for deficit, economy is full of incorrect info," Feb. 12), I would like
to add some information on The Reagan Era, in context.
Personal income taxes paid by Americans earning over $100,000 rose
from 29 percent to nearly 36 percent, while federal income taxes were
eliminated for the poor.
Federal revenues nearly doubled, and yes, federal spending far
exceeded that pace, and drove the national debt from $909 billion to
$2.6 trillion. A large portion of that was to expand the military, which
in turn ended the Cold War.
Yet the 1980s marked a period of economic stability and growth.
Almost 20 million more Americans were employed at the end of the Reagan
era than when he took office, and not just in low paid, unskilled jobs
either! Over one-third were for progressive and managerial positions,
and skilled manufacturing. By the way, in January 2009 the unemployment
rate was 7.6, today it is at 9.4. President Obama promised that if the
"stimulus bill" was passed, unemployment would not rise above 8 percent.
Ronald Reagan often said, "Get government off the backs of the
people." Off our backs and out of our wallets!