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Letters Published in September 10, 2008 Issue
September 10, 2008 - Letter submitted by Lou Ann, Craig, Alysa, Mandy Bradshaw Elizabeth & Larry Lewman Lisa & Donnie Smith (children)
The family of Robert (Bob) Bradshaw would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to several individuals: CA Beard Staff & Students, Knightstown Fire Dept., Police Dept, Knightstown Community, Carthage Community & everyone who prayed for my husband during his extended illness and passing. Our family appreciates everything each person did for us. We were overwhelmed by the cards, flowers, food, love, etc and we are thankful.
Bob was a dedicated Christian who loved everyone, but most of all he loved God and taught his family how to love and for that we will always be grateful. He touched a lot of lives during his short time here on earth. Even though we have suffered a great loss we know that Bob is with God now and is no longer suffering. He was a wonderful husband, father, and papaw and will be sadly missed. Our family knows that with each person’s help we will make it thru this rough time in our life.
God Bless You.
September 10, 2008 - Letter submitted by Bill Murray, Knightstown
Good news! We have won the war in Iraq. Victory is ours. How do I know this? Because they told us at the Republican convention, loud and clear, that victory is ours. In a little more than 50 years we have pulled off the military hat trick: Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, to say nothing of bluffing Russia to tear down the wall. The Iraq government has taken the following steps to assure our victory:
* Squirreled away $80 billion of oil money and allowed us to keep paying for their reconstruction and safety.
* Made certain not to have an oil sharing program among Sunni, Shia and Kurds.
* Signed their first oil agreement with China.
* Informed the U.S. that they must totally vacate their country leaving no one and nothing behind.
* Told the U.S. there must be a withdrawal timetable.
Victory is ours. Have no doubt. I know of much we have lost. But, exactly what have we won?
September 10, 2008 - Letter submitted by Kay Denney, Knightstown
On behalf of Cassie’s Cause, I would like to thank The Knightstown Banner for its comprehensive coverage of our upcoming 5K run to benefit Henry County DARE programs.
Cassie Taylor’s parents have chosen “the high road”, using the tragic circumstances of their daughter’s death to raise awareness of drug abuse and prevention; your newspaper has helped Cassie’s Cause immensely with publicity for this endeavor. It’s not too late to participate. Cassie’s Cause 5K Run/Walk is this Saturday, September 13, at Sunset Park. You may register that morning from 7-8:45 a.m. at the Shelter House. Day of event registration is $25 with a T-shirt provided, if there are any available.
After the Run/Walk, please join us at Hoosier Fall Festival, Knightstown Public Square, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
There will be lots of food, entertainment, crafts and other events to enjoy. Cassie’s Cause will have a booth with baked goods, as well as a Raffle. For $1 a ticket or 6 tickets for $5, you may register to win an authentic Colts autographed football, four box seats for an Indianapolis Indians April 2009 game, autographed items from NASCAR, IRL, and other items too numerous to mention. We hope to see you there! Thank you again!
September 10, 2008 - Letter submitted by Terri Wood, Carthage
I just want the kids in the white car driving from Knightstown on the Carthage Pike on Friday, Aug. 29, to know that there was a school bus stopped at my home letting a five-year-old kindergartner off at his house. You were driving too fast! The speed limit is 45 on the Pike. You did not slow down or stop at all.
Did you know that when a bus is stopped that means you stop? Thank God our child didn’t have to cross the street. Please, slow down! There are other children just starting school this year. Please, be careful and give them a brake!
September 10, 2008 - Letter submitted by Don Cliff Wiseman, Middletown
“McSame Seven Houses” (Sen. John McCain) mistakenly thinks Iraq and Pakistan share a border. He needed correction on camera about Iraq from Joe Lieberman.
McSame thinks we forgot he advocated the disastrous pre-emptive Iraq war. McSame said the war would be short and easy more than once. In 2006, McSame said “The American people … were led to believe this would be some kind of a day at the beach which many of us, uh, fully understood from the very beginning would be a very, very difficult undertaking.” McSame graduated fifth from the bottom of his class of 899 at the Naval Academy. In Vietnam, McSame lost five aircraft, one shot down in combat, which is another story. This would make him a reverse ace. Often his speeches are a noun, a verb and P.O.W.
Despite his own infirmities, McSame chose for his vice president a person less qualified and more troubled over more qualified women and men.
McSame has voted with Bush over 90 percent of the time and would keep the disastrously failed Bush policies and evidently keep borrowing from China. His cries to drill for oil is just a way for McSame to reward the oil lobbyists again. We can see the results of past rewards. Now he says he is the champion of change?
Many fell for the experience argument and the reports the war is going well in 2004. Many think that McSame owes us an Alzheimer’s Test! Barack Obama has more pre-presidential experience in government than three of the four guys on Mount Rushmore. Incredibly, McSame has questioned Obama’s judgment!
September 10, 2008 - Letter submitted by Rex Bell, Wayne County Libertarian
I run a small construction company with the help of my brother, my youngest son, and Hank, when he’s not mowing his yard. And Jay when he’s not in school or playing baseball. Or fishing. We try to build a couple of homes a year, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the size and complexity of the project.
As part of the agreement, if the customers are happy with the final product, they pay us and we move on to the next project. Hopefully I have enough to pay everybody, buy my wife and grandkids something for their birthdays, and then put a little back for a rainy day.
That’s how it works, and that’s how it’s supposed to work The homeowners know that I can’t or won’t come back 15 or 20 years from now and ask them to pay me again, or ask their children or grandchildren to pay me again. The job was completed and the job was paid for. Period. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work like that when the government is involved.
Most government employees are promised a pension when they retire, just as many private sector employees are promised a pension when they retire. It’s admirable that a person would plan ahead for their retirement, and if part of their pay consists of their employer contributing to and frugally managing their retirement account, they certainly are better off for it.
However, Hoosier taxpayers are justifiably concerned about the ever rising cost of government, even as government is feverishly trying to justify its ever rising cost. There is seldom a day goes by that we don’t hear of some ridiculous government spending program. A couple of weeks ago, the news was filled with the report of state legislators’ pension funds receiving a $4 to $1 match from taxpayers. As maddening as that program is, the $14 million taxpayers have contributed in the last 16 years is small potatoes compared to other pension contributions they are making.
When government promises a pension to its employees, it’s actually promising that taxpayers will continue to fund that pension. The government doesn’t always set the pension money aside, and even when it does, it doesn’t always leave it set aside. In order to feed its insatiable appetite, government often borrows from the pension funds that taxpayers have supported, leaving a massive debt for present and future taxpayers to settle.
Across Indiana, Hoosiers are on the hook for billions of dollars that have been borrowed from teachers and public employee retirement funds, and a lot of the taxes they are paying now, that should be applied to current services, are instead paying interest on borrowed money and repaying benefits that they or their parents have already paid.
And government doesn’t help things with the generous retirement plans it offers. Some departments offer a healthy retirement to employees after only 20 years of service, and at the age of 50. Sometimes less. Here in Wayne County, some members of the sheriff’s department qualify for nearly $35,000.00 a year retirement after only 8 years of service. It’s likely that a lot of these retirees will be drawing benefits for over 40 years. That means there is a real possibility that your great-grandchildren will be paying for the retirement of the current police force. We get a double whammy when an employee retires from one department, and then goes to work for another department, and ends up drawing a retirement from both.
Certainly government employees that provide essential services should be fairly compensated for their efforts, and that compensation should be adequate to fund a reasonable retirement plan. And certainly if they decide they want the government to administer that retirement plan, they certainly have that right, although in view of its past performance, I would question the wisdom of that decision.
One of the best ways to control government spending is to limit its access to the billions and trillions of dollars that should be in these funds, and let employees control their own accounts. Overall, that is the fairest plan for the taxpayers. And their employees.
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