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Quit whining about minimum wage

Listen my children and you shall hear a tale of minimum wage so severe. It would appear that the hoards of unqualified or under qualified or even over qualified haunting the unemployment rolls desire a pay raise to around ten dollars an hour. How nice it would be to make that much money to simply flip a burger onto a bun then pass it along to some other "master chef" to adorn it with condiments and then we consumers can pay six or seven bucks a pop for our Whoppers or Big Macs, how lovely.

The gist of the argument is they need a wage on which they can live .Well here's a news flash these jobs at fast food restaurants were never meant to be livelihood jobs, just part-time fill-ins or jobs our youth could use for extra money and to gain work experience for the future. The fault for the fact that these are the only jobs available does not lie at the doorstep of the industry it lies at the feet of those on capitol hill in general and the white house in particular but that's another discussion. The point I am making is that these whiners at the various fast food eateries fail to realize is that the current minimum wage is way above what the soldier in the field makes. Yes that's the young man or woman standing between you and a bullet so you can moan and cry about your miserable lot in life.

Ah ha George you are full of beans, you say, because a private makes $18,378 per annum and that appears to be about $9.00 per hour so what's your beef? To that, I say rubbish. A soldier is on duty or to put it into words you can comprehend, working, 24 hours a day every day and that means all 365. Now do the math. That equates to about $2.10 per hour. Now shut up, quit whining and thank a soldier for giving you the opportunity to cry about your miserable life while he dines sumptuously on MREs in the beautiful surroundings of a far away vacation spot like Kabul, Afghanastan.

George Stansbury


No one, but God, is above the people

Our Founding Fathers made our form of government to be subservient to the people. Simply stated: No one, but God, is above the people.

"We the people," American patriots wanted to be free from tyrannical rulers, fought for and shed their blood to be free. They rightfully declared their independence from tyrants. This independence did not come without blood, sweat, and tears, nor will the next fight, should it become necessary to defend our freedoms from an over reaching and unjust government.

Our Founding Fathers believed in certain truths that were self-evident, to quote the Declaration of Independence: "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ... That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The Founding Fathers gave us our Bill of Rights to protect us from our own government, and intended to established a limited government with the main purpose to protect our rights and defend us from those who want to take them away. Power over others can be corrupted by those with good intentions.

"It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions..There are men (and women) in all ages.. Who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters.. They think there need be but little restraints upon themselves..The love of power may sink too deep in their own hearts,.." - Daniel Webser

Vinny Marinez


What was I thinking?

I think that I may have had an epiphany. After 62 years of living on this Earth, I realized I may have been thinking incorrectly all this time. I always thought that I was in the mainstream with my thinking, but I've discovered things have changed drastically in this country, and world.

I thought the right thing to do was to get a job, work hard, and support my family. Apparently that was wrong. The majority now thinks it's up to the government to supply us with benefits like unemployment payments, food stamps, and even free cell phones. Forget about trying to find a job.

I would have thought it was common sense to have someone show valid identification to vote in an election. You have to show ID to cash a check, get a driver's license, board an airplane, and thousands of other things. Apparently it's now racist to ask someone for their ID to participate in the most important privilege of voting for our leaders. Who knew?

My first guess would have been that a most egregious scandal would be a government covering up an ambassador, and other Americans being killed in a hostile country because of its' lack of action. Or, the cover-up of an American Border Patrol agent being killed by illegal weapons given to drug dealers by our FBI. Then, of course, the NSA and IRS scandals should be top contenders, too. Wrong! Who knew that the real scandal was the closing of some traffic lanes in New Jersey? Forget murdered Americans, never let motorists be delayed in traffic!

I also would have thought in the past that people should enter our country, and become citizens by legal means. Boy, was I wrong on that one, too. Just let anyone in, and provide them with unlimited benefits and services. Who cares if they aren't paying taxes like the rest of us? Wow, how did I not see that one clearly?

In the past I would have thought it was my job to get a job that provided health coverage for myself, and my family. Or, at least that I would have to pay for that coverage. Who knew that the real way of thinking on that one was to have the government provide all of us that coverage, and have the working taxpayers have the burden of paying for it? Silly me!

I also thought that I would have to live on the money I actually made, and stay within a budget. I didn't know that the right way was to just keep borrowing and borrowing, and not worry about how I would pay those bills later on.

And, on a much smaller scale, but closer to us here in Hernando county - I previously would have thought that people would embrace the use of cameras to curtail people running red lights, and causing deaths, injuries, and property damage. Yes, I was wrong on that one, also. The majority thinking on that is "you can't do that to me!" Their excuses are that it's just a revenue maker, not a safety matter. Or, it will cause rear end collisions. Really? In the past I would have said, "how about just stopping for the red light?"

The country and world I knew has changed, believe me. The majority's thinking is totally different now. But, I'm learning to compensate. Remember that old saying, "what would Jesus do?" Now, before I think of what the majority would do or think in a situation, I now say, "what would a liberal do?" Scary, isn't it? But, get used to it, that's our country now, sadly.

Russ Colombo

Spring Hill

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