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Letters to the editor, January 2

Seek reforms

Politicians take our money and then spend more than they take. The $60 billion bill to help Sandy victims is also going to Alaska to aid the fisheries damaged by the tsunami a couple years ago. Huh?

The amount Obama wants to raise by “taxing the wealthiest” will raise only $10 billion more than that annually.

They create this myth called the fiscal cliff then blame each other for overspending and at the same time don’t accept the blame for causing the deficit and debt.

There is a simple way to solve this problem whether you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, conservative, liberal, socialist, none of those or all of those.

Pass a balanced budget amendment. Most amendments have begun as grassroots efforts and passed within two years.

Eight-year term limits for all elected officials — if it’s good enough for the president, why not all of them? Eliminate pension benefits for elected officials.

Finally, if their previous jobs do not provide health care benefits; they become eligible for Medicare during their eight-year term of service indexed to personal income.

Political office has become a source of wealth and power. It was never meant to be a full-time job.

They were to serve their country then go home to their real jobs. They don’t own their seats as the Kennedys thought they did. They lease them and we are the leasing agents.

We are the only ones to blame for this mess because the majority keeps re-electing these buffoons.

Steve Sullivan,




Consider recycling

Last year my husband and I decided to recycle the DRC daily newspaper. We live in an unincorporated area of Denton County with no recycling requirements. What began as an experiment morphed into a full-blown recycling effort.

In addition to newspaper, we now recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum (cans, mostly), glass and miscellaneous items. Even goats living across the road feast on fruit and vegetable scraps.

Twice a month, we venture to The Cupboard on Congress Street to empty the multitude of colored bins occupying a corner of the garage. The Cupboard provides easy-access receptacles for most items.

We are not tree-huggers. Actually, we’re fiscal conservatives who believe that we’ve been given a dignified mind, a moral compass and a spiritual conscience to guide us to endeavor to be wise stewards.

Consider a more concerted effort to recycle as part of your 2013 resolutions. Here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

Vickie Watson,