Instead of complaining about the community, volunteer your help
There has been a lot of grumbling and frustration over some of the changes happening around town.
It's very easy to criticize and second-guess decisions made by others, much harder to show up and give constructive input.
I challenge everyone to take some time, consider what things in our community are really important to you and then get involved ... maybe it's Del Norte Reads or cleaning up the cemetery ... maybe it's CASA, or the Christmas Parade or the Front Street redesign project.
Don't complain later, get involved now. And, whatever your opinion on the process, Tsunami Landing has never looked better.
If politicians don't think they're paid enough, they shouldn't run
Recently, in the Florida Capital News, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland,
R-Fla., stated that his $174,000 salary as a representative "is not so
much," and in a speech in March, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., stated that
it was "a struggle"?to pay his bills.
I am fed up with these people! They volunteered for the job, no one
forced them to run, if they didn't think they could live on the salary
provided, they shouldn't have run. If they are having problems paying
their bills, well, welcome to the real world. Everyone is having
problems these days, with the exception of the millionaires/billionaires
that don't pay their fair share of the ride.
When Congress talks about cutting Social Security they are talking
about other people's income. How would they like it if, instead of a
raise, we cut their pay? Congress cuts funds for the education system,
let them cut the funds for their own children's education. When Congress
talks about cutting Medicare, then let Congress pay for their own
health care. Congress talks about "cutting down the size of federal
government," but I am sure that, in the wake of the recent natural
disasters, they will not be turning down federal monies to rebuild their
own homes and states.
I have been unemployed since September 2008, and would love a job
that pays one-tenth of what they make. If the number of (reported)
unemployed people seems to have gone, that's because of the number of
people that have been unemployed so long that they no longer have access
to unemployment benefits and have dropped out of the system.
Attention Congress: If I have no income, I pay no taxes. If I pay no
taxes, there is no income to pay for a raise in your salary.
We need to do more to help the pets of area homeless people
We need to help the pets of homeless people. These animals mean a lot
them. They have had their pets before they lost their homes. Their pets
mean the world to them.
We need to provide a place where these people can bring their pets
for their needs. These people will line up around a building to get help
for their pets. Many have only their pets.
The only social support a lot of these people have is really
dependent on that animal.
Blaming only Asian and Mexican groups for pot growing is unfair
This is in response to the Aug. 31 article "Just How Safe Is It Out
There?" While I appreciate the attention to and concern for those folks,
hunters included, who are put in dangerous circumstances because of
large pot-growers, I am also sick of comments from officials in the
state, such as Bill Steven, that fail to recognize that there are many
non-Mexican and non-Asian folks who are also responsible for large
This isn't the first time I've read an article about this topic that
presents the public with the view that minority people are the ones held
solely accountable for this. Let's start giving the public informed
opinions about who is responsible. If a public official is going to
blame an epidemic issue such as this on Mexican and Asian grow groups,
and not once mention that there are also white folks involved with
these, on many levels, highly hazardous operations, I want some proof.