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Letters to the editor - updated Nov. 28
Exercises in futility
Why Republican candidates must campaign a year in advance of the 2012 election is beyond me. Their timing is way off. The average American’s attention span is three nanoseconds.
If these candidates expect the average citizen to pay attention to what they said last week or even an hour ago, these citizens have already forgotten it. They want to listen to the talking heads on the boob tube. The television networks are not conducting debates from the goodness of their hearts. They want a gotcha moment, a slip of the tongue or a momentary lapse of memory. They serve one purpose and one purpose only, to keep Obama in the White House. The Tea Party has been destroyed by network television and the backstabbing ethnics of the establishment.
Except for Mitt Romney, the rest of the Republican candidates are going through an exercise in futility. After the dog and pony shows, all the American people care about is what’s in it for me, promise me this and promise me that and what a great speaking voice and a handsome man he is. That’s why Obama will be re-elected.
Dale E. Lauffer
Response to "I remember when werewolves walked on two legs," published Oct. 30, 2011
Hate to burst your bubble about “good zombies,” but get a copy of the movie, “Fido.”
I was cracking up reading your article. I was born in 1952 and raised on the monsters from Universal Studios, Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman and the Mummy.
For Halloween, I have a collection of the Universal flicks and start a marathon.
One of my favorites is “The Raven,” from 1963, not the one from 1935. It was a hysterical comedy with Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. It even had a young Jack Nicholson. After serious monster flicks, this was completely different.
I love what technology can do with critters, but at least give me a story to follow. Back in the day, since they didn’t have all that, they had to set up scenes suggestive enough you’d have to use your imagination. Maybe a mental state we could use a little more of now.
Issue 2 will not fix what is broken
I’ve been hearing a lot about Issue 2. There’s a lot of emotion, understandably on both sides of this issue. I’m emotional, because my husband has been a public worker for almost 19 years.
I’ve heard many things about public workers. For example, why should they get the benefits and pay if a private sector worker doesn’t? I’ve also heard public workers called all kinds of names, been labeled as cronies and accused of getting a free ride. I think teachers, firefighters, police, doctors and nurses should get good pay and benefits. Do you want someone who gets up at 3 a.m. to fix communication problems between police and fire departments making $8 per hour and getting no benefits?
If cuts are going to be made, fine, but also weed out the huge tax wastes that go on everyday. The city of Columbus is spending money that hasn’t been made yet to keep a stadium open that is losing millions per year. They also built a bridge that cost $49 million that wasn’t needed and put in two parks this summer that totaled about $40 million. I love parks, but not when we’re broke.
Do I have a problem with workers paying more? No. Will it fix anything? No. Will taxes go down? No. Will taxes go up in my opinion? Yes, and most likely by the same people who are ok with Senate Bill 5. Behaviors like voting for new taxes for a school district but complain that teachers make too much and have too good of benefits.
There may be cronies higher up in unions, but the guys in my husband’s union are just everyday people who go to work and pay their bills. Are there a few jerks among them? Of course, but that’s seen everywhere, public and private alike. I’m not going to say vote yes or no on Issue 2. Be a thinker and decide that yourself, but realize, either way you vote, the real change won’t come until the waste that goes on daily in other areas of our government is weeded out.
Visit to Westside brings back memories
I was a second generation auto worker at your local GM plant. I took the buyout in 1989 and used my settlement to pay for my last two years of law school. So you can appreciate that I have many fond memories of the Fisher-Body Plant that once was located on Georgesville Road.
I have two separate law offices in southeastern Ohio. However, when our daughter decided to get married she wanted to have the wedding and reception at the Franklin Park Conservatory. The night before our daughter’s beautiful wedding, we yearned for a good pizza. Being far from “home,” nobody knew where to go. I suggested we go to Minelli’s. I wasn’t even sure it was still there, “around the plant,” on Sullivant Avenue.
Imagine how good I felt when we found it at the identical location it has had since 1967. We had Jo as our waitress, she was just lovely. Being a Minelli’s waitress for over 30 years, she had some nice stories about my former GM plant. It was so nice to come home and be treated so nicely to a great meal that brought back a flood of good memories.
While it is sad that the plant is no more, I am happy for all of the Westside and Columbus. I believe this will be a great economic boon to all of you. I know I will be back frequenting the casino. Afterwards, we will stop and see Jo at Minelli’s.
John Kearson Clark Jr. and family
Response to "Death to the dollar bill!," published Oct. 2, 2011
Replacing the dollar bill will only take place when congress mandates the end of paper dollars, leaving us with no choice but to use dollar coins. At least for one and five-dollar transactions.
It is not the fault of coin collectors that dollar coins aren’t in circulation. Collectors buy mint and proof sets directly from the U. S. Mint, which is only a small fraction of production, and those are coins that were not going to enter commerce anyway.
Besides continuing to issue paper bills, the primary problem is that Congress authorized virtually unlimited production of the dollar coins, but the banks aren’t ordering them, and the public doesn’t see them. Recently, several hundred thousand dollars was mandated to build a new mint facility just to store the excess coins as they have run out of room to store them.
Unless and until Congress passes a new law to stop production, the dollar coins will continue to be manufactured and stock piled.
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