Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
This artwork by Michael Osbun relates to the growing gap between wealthy and poor Americans and calls for a tax code that will place more of the burden on the wealthy.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Putin was the only skillful world leader
Bob Peckman of Roanoke stated, “We have a president who has shown himself to be a skillful world leader” (“Obama has taken a smart, steady path,” Sept. 17 letter).
If we were citizens of Russia, that would certainly be a true statement about our leader.
Vladimir Putin handed Barack Obama his arse. As Americans, we squirmed while watching our president first talk tough to Syrian President Bashar Assad, then vacillate, worry out loud, go off-message, drag his feet, bring us to the brink of war, then try to hand the problem off to Congress.
Putin saw an opening and exposed Obama for the indecisive and shallow fool that he is.
No amount of revisionist story-telling can change the fact that Obama’s promise of Hope and Change was nothing more than an ambitious politician’s lie to get himself elected. It worked. Twice, for reasons I still ponder.
DALE A. PENNOW
Regaining the American Dream
Recently, The Associated Press reported that in 2012, the top 10 percent of wealthiest Americans received a record 48 percent of all earnings (“Rich-poor gap is widest since 1920s,” Sept. 11 news brief). In other words, 90 percent of Americans shared the remaining 52 percent.
More astounding, incomes of the top 1 percent rose 20 percent compared to a 1 percent increase for everyone else.
This income inequity is based on financial assistance for the wealthy, which is large in comparison with lower incomes.
Consider what the government provided Wall Street bankers.
Busting unions and sending manufacturing overseas aids in the distortion of the capitalist system by destroying the middle class. The enhancement of the middle class is imperative to maintain the American dream for all.
Increase of income taxes and health care insurance premiums, with a reduction of Social Security benefits as income increases, will justifiably reduce the income gap between the rich and the rest of Americans.
Better regulation of our banking system, with the middle class regaining its proper status in society, will reduce our debt and improve the welfare of all.
This is possible if enough of us speak out.
RICHARD E. SCHMIDT
Climate deniers are nation’s new whiners
Re: “Climate deniers deny American ingenuity,” Sept. 16 commentary:
It wasn’t that long ago that U.S. auto manufacturers were up in arms about legislation requiring that all cars be equipped with seat belts. It would, apparently, cripple sales, alienate consumers and deal a death blow to American manufacturing.
And it wasn’t long after that that tobacco companies got into a swivet about mandatory warning labels, which apparently would wipe out all their profits forever.
Last I looked, the roads were full of cars, and there’s no shortage of smokers, either.
It’s the same now, as the notion of taxing carbon emissions begins to gain currency among citizens and politicians who can read the unambiguous warning signs of human-caused climate change.
Once again, we get to hear wailing predictions of disaster if environmentally sensible approaches to climate change are enacted.
Those naysayers who claim that the economy will be damaged by environmental responsibility are perpetuating a mentality of victimization and entitlement in the business sector.
America likes to call itself a “can-do” nation, but you would never know it from the whining of some of the world’s most profitable and productive industries.
Pathetic. Just pathetic.
Roanoke sheriff helps the city’s youth
I have the upmost respect for Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson. Just because you don’t see her on the TV with DARE, like former Sheriff George McMillan, doesn’t mean she isn’t trying to help our youth.
She mentored my daughter for several years when my daughter hit a rough patch.
With faith and God’s work, my daughter got accepted to Howard University for political science. Even though we couldn’t afford to send her this semester, she will be there next fall.
My daughter worked as an intern and saw where the wrong path leads, and that there are consequences for your actions.
A vote for Johnson is a vote for keeping our future leaders out of jail.
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