‘No’ vote on tax would help kids
I am a sixth-grade student at Fairview Middle School and I would like for my community not to recall the Fairview utility tax. I've been a student in the Fairview School District my whole life.
My mom, dad and older brother all graduated from Fairview and I would like to have the same opportunity. My mom has also taught in the school district for 26 years.
Some of the members of the community think it is going to cost 21 percent more on their utilities a month when the truth is it will only be 3 percent.
By voting “no” on Feb. 19, you will be helping the students, and by voting “yes,” the students will suffer. So please, voters of the community of Westwood, vote "no" Feb. 19 and save our community and our school.
George Jervis, Fairview student
Honesty needed in U.S. Congress
The Senate hearing on Benghazi was a microcosm of the gross ineptness that has led America to the brink of moral and financial ruin. Democrats and Republicans alike showed little real interest in unveiling the truth.
Their star witness, Hillary Clinton, did not enter the hearing room as a mere mortal. She apparently had a godlike halo over her head visible only to the politicians. She deserves an acting award for her performance that was highlighted by a dramatic flinging of the arms and a significant question: “What difference does it make?”
The truth revealed by yet another display of their ineptitude was the only good to emerge from that hearing, but that good will do no good. Truth “makes no difference.”
For example, the $16.5 trillion debt is an undeniable truth. It can be seen and felt by millions of ordinary citizens struggling to make ends meet and millions more who cannot make ends meet. But in Congress, it is business as usual including illegal earmarks.
Instead of a responsible search for the truth, Hillary Clinton and her accomplices presented America with an exercise in drivel, grovel and sycophantic disgrace, given the horrific tragedy in question. Sadly, truth can be found only in a dictionary these days.
What we desperately need in our elected politicians is simple honesty augmented with enough common sense and courage to recognize that right and wrong have opposite meanings. That recognition alone would rescue the America envisioned by our founding fathers.
Will simple honesty ever be observed and faithfully applied on Capitol Hill? Not as long as voters permit politicians to grow old and wealthy in Congress.
Shafter Bailey, Lexington