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Letters to the editor, December 27

Spending like drunks

Most of us do not realize the significance of the “cliff.” Nor do some of us seemingly care. We just don’t want to lose our place at the trough. 

Listen to this: “The long-term projection is even worse. In three years, the cuts will have us operating at 2006 budget levels. ...” (“Fiscal cliff could endanger access to courts,” The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 18)

And what would be wrong with that?

Since 2006 the government debt has gone from $8.5 trillion to $16.3 trillion. We currently borrow more than 40 cents of every dollar the federal government blows.

The budget deficit was $250 billion in 2006 and $500 billion in 2008. The deficit jumped to $1.4 trillion in 2009, and has stayed above $1.3 trillion each year since then.

How long would you last if you brought home $23,000, but spent $36,000? How long would you last if your debt was more than $165,000, and was increasing by $13,000 every year?

That’s what has been allowed to happen to our country — except the debt is $16.5 trillion, spending is $3.6 trillion, revenue is $2.3 trillion and the deficit is $1.3 trillion.

Does anyone think that continuing to spend like drunken movie stars will get this country fiscally solvent? 

Even John Maynard Keynes would have a headache today.

Larry Jambor, Denton


Time to change culture

Long ago a military commander, for another reason, shouted, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” But maybe now we ought to look at the bloodshot eyes, at the teary eyes.

Don’t jump to conclusions, I’m a gun owner, always have been. I hunted game as a boy on the farm, and by the way, Dad taught us to eat the game we killed.

Bob Costas will now be even more outspoken for gun control. But in many countries, a larger percentage of citizens own guns and there is less percentage of gun violence. It is something more ... it is our proclivity toward violence over here. I don’t care if it’s four teens beating a homeless man to death with baseball bats or a hundred other examples.

Sure we need gun control. We need background checks even at gun shows, we need to eliminate automatic weapons (not semi-automatic some mistakenly call automatic). We need to ban assault weapons (again). We need to ban mega-shell clips and magazines.

But more importantly, we need to change our culture. Some swear up and down that increasingly more-violent video games, songs and movies have nothing to do with it.

I say you’re wrong. Sure your kid isn’t going to mass murder, but it teaches youth, and some others, that some kind of violence is OK, that it’s the norm.

Nothing we do will cover all extremism, but retraining our country sure will help.

Jim Stodola, Denton


Pray for strength

I’m very hurt about this misfortune that took place in Newtown, Conn. I have grandchildren, also great-grandchildren, the same age of those children. I take care of my great-granddaughter at night. I looked over while she was asleep and it brought tears to my eyes.

Not a day passes that they’re not on my mind.

I pray that God will give the parents the strength and faith they need. I can’t be there to comfort them; I can certainly pray that God will see them through this difficult time.

Psalm 46-1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Neomia Sawyer, Denton