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Published:   |   Updated: February 13, 2014 at 01:42 PM

We can't afford raises for teachers

Let me get this correct: If my math teacher taught me correctly, the teachers union wants a bit over a 6 percent pay raise this year for its membership. This is the same union that is a staunch supporter of the Dems and Obama who think a 1 1?2 percent increase us seniors on Social Security can manage to live on.

Hernando County, which is comprised of a large majority of folks on Social Security and government assistance of one kind or another. Where are we supposed to get this money for these increases? Unlike Washington, us folks can't print money when we're short, there isn't any money tree growing in the yard to go pick from.

Every thing we get to live on is being cut, but we are expected to cough up more and more every time some public employee union wants a raise? The well is dry folks. All our million dollar double wide mansions with all that money stuffed under the bed has gave all it can, besides you shouldn't need any more 1 1/2 percent anyway. That's what Obama says that we seniors need to make ends meet. Lets be realistic, do teachers need more money, yes they probably do. Everybody needs a raise. We also have to understand that the raises have to be affordable to those who have to fund them.

James Woods

Brooksville

Uncontrolled debt equals national ruin

As we approach another federal borrowing limit a few thoughts are in order. Our national debt can be thought of as a mortgage of which each citizen is on the hook for what is equivalent to the cost of a medium house. Each year at tax time a big chunk goes to pay the interest on that mortgage. Trouble is that we have an adjustable mortgage! When interest rates rise our payments increase. Double digit interest rates like we had in the Carter years would mean interest alone would become the single largest item in the federal budget.

President Obama has defiantly said he will not negotiate the debt ceiling. Now imagine you get your son or daughter a credit card and they say you have to increase the credit limit, end of discussion! Our founding fathers wisely gave spending authority to the House of Representatives, they being the branch of government most directly accountable to the people. If the president refuses to even discuss the matter, then he must reconcile to the American people how we can responsibly run our government while continuing on this unsustainable course. When the term "unsustainable" is used in reference to the Federal debt load, it means either we will bring on national bankruptcy or runaway inflation. The only ones that can possibly prosper in our present situation are the banks.

The Bible teaches that the borrower is slave to the lender. The path of uncontrolled debt is the path of economic slavery and national ruin.

Mike Carlson

Weeki Wachee

Special treatment?

I watch the cop who shot the guy in the movie theater walk into court with no restraints, all dressed up. And then there is the 80 something lady arrested for the viscous crime of feeding the bears. She had to walk into court in handcuffs and prison garb! Come on, talk about special treatment!

Dennis Talbot

Spring Hill

What's good for the goose

How many places in our country do you have to show a photo ID? I'm not sure because whenever anyone asks me for an ID I reach in my pocket and pull out my driver's license or my VA card. What's good for the goose is good for the gander!

Now I know not everyone has not had the privilege to serve our country but I'm willing to bet that well over 90 percent have a drivers license.

The ACLU seems to have a problem with this. It seems we, the taxpayers of America, are discriminating against minorities. Is it because the ACLU's agenda is supported by those who are illegally in our country?

Why is it discrimination to ask someone to prove they are a citizen in order to vote, when the good people of America, who pay their taxes, have no problem with this requirement?

Recently the GOP (those horrible people who only want the laws of the land enforced) suggested that anyone receiving welfare, food stamps, etc, show an ID. Don't the law abiding citizens who pay for these entitlements have a right to know that the people receiving them are truly who they say they are? Perhaps the ACLU could use their energies to provide help to those who legitimately need a way to prove their identity.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Standing firm in the U.S. Constitution

We admire a man who was loyal and firm in what he believed in, say over 400 years ago ... but such a man today is a nuisance and must be put down. Call him a narrow-minded bigot, or give him a worse name if you can think of one.

Yet imagine that in those ages past, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and their peers had said, "The world is out of order; but if we try to set it right we shall only make a great row, and get ourselves killed. Let us go to our homes, watch football, eat pizza and drink beer, then go to sleep over the bad times, and perhaps when we wake up things will have grown better."

Such conduct on their part would have entailed upon us a heritage of error. Age after age would have gone down into the infernal deeps, and the pestiferous gobs of error would have swallowed all.

Here is the day for the man, where is the man for the day? We who have had the U.S. Constitution passed to us by martyr hands dare not trifle with it, nor sit by and hear it denied by traitors, who pretend to love it, but inwardly abhor every line of it.

Look you, sirs, there are ages yet to come. If the "keepers" of the Constitution do not speedily appear, there will come another generation, and another, and all these generations will be tainted and injured if we are not faithful to the U.S. Constitution and to its truth today. We have come to a turning-point in the road. If we turn to the right, perhaps our children and our children's children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to the United States of America and to the U.S. Constitution.

Is America on the road to the left, a dead-end road? We still have a chance to turn our nation around and make America what it was meant to be: An exceptional constitutional republic of free people and limited government.

Vinny Martinez

Brooksville

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