One of many traits I appreciate in old friend Murray is her clarity
Dear editor and citizens of the northern Crescent City (because you all already identify with the other "Crescent City" in turmoil):
I have known Kathryn Murray for more decades than either of us would volunteer to identify. Or count. But we would both answer truly if pressed for decades or dates.
Her city of choice (which was Eureka's loss) was to move to your coastal city. The decision was made to accommodate her family, her commitment, her dedication to making everywhere around her a better place.
One of the many traits I appreciate in Kathryn's modus operandi is
her clarity. As in clear.
We will continue, as a company, to raise money for your city. But if
there is a true argument against any City Council person, please let us
John and Teresa Porter
Benbow Hotel and Resort
More taxes to fund entitlements is not a solution to budget woes
Having read the Aug. 5 Coastal Voices pieces on the
budget/deficit/debt ceiling issue, as well as the follow-up letters, I
am left with the usual question: Do the writers have any solutions that
will actually work?
Sybil Saxelby ("Deficit can be traced to Pres. Bush") appears to be
taking the side of a big government which doles out ever-larger
entitlements to broader and broader segments of society in the hope that
they will spend the money and stimulate the economy. While that appears
to be a reasonable line of thought, it has been shown time after time
to have one major and insurmountable obstacle. That is, that all the
recipients of the dole have to be satisfied with what they receive.
Roger Gitlin ("Battle over spending has just begun"), on the other
hand, appears to favor smaller government, with less regulation, and
lower taxes. His solution has several, but not insurmountable, problems
as well. In his system there are winners and losers. In such a system
there is no government intervention and we are dependent on the system's
winners to help the losers, which doesn't always happen. His system
also depends on self-regulation where the government must stay out of
the way for it to work properly. It is something that politicians loathe
Of the two systems, only Mr Gitlin's has any hope of working for any
length of time. Recent events, our own country included, have shown that
people receiving entitlements are never uniformly satisfied with what
they receive from a large government. Even governments such as the
United States simply do not have the ability to cover all the costs.
Doubling the average tax rate on those that currently pay taxes in
this country will not even cover this year's deficit. It is simply not
possible for everyone in this country to have everything they want and
to be rich. In this light it should be clear that Ms. Saxelby's solution
is a non-starter and has the potential to do great harm to this
country. I suppose the real question is whether Ms. Saxelby, the current
administration, and Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have the
political will to back away from an economic system that has no
possibility of long-term success.