Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 13, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Tired of games politicians play

As a citizen, I wonder why our government is shut down.

I’ll tell you why: The U.S. government is being ran by corrupt leaders who are only there to fund and support “big business and the wealthy.”

A government shutdown is like euthanizing the United States as we know it.  It’s not right, not one bit right.

We have a problem in Washington, D.C. As average Americans, we’d like to stop this shutdown, but we can’t because we’re not qualified. We vote these individuals in office in hopes that somebody would stand up, not sit down. This nation has a heart, and right now, her heart is breaking.

The men and women we’ve voted for year after year, time and time again, are tearing down the walls President George Washington built. I wonder if Heaven has a 24-hour  window, and if so, I wonder what President Washington and his many successors who are with him are thinking.

I’m just one American, but like many others, I’m tired of politicians and their lobbyist friends playing games with our 246-year-old nation. It’s time to stop. Let’s call a truce, because after all, while the politicians may disagree, we’re still, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!

May God bless America!

Joshua A. Presley, Russell

The shutdown terrifies him

This is in response to the Oct. 8 letter from MSgt. (Ret.) Skip Crabtree of Russell concerning Carrie Stambaugh’s Oct. 4 column.

MSgt Crabtree sounds like a pretty smart guy and I’m just a good ol’ country boy. He used a lot of words I had to look up in the dictionary. While I had the dictionary open, I looked up “terrorist.” Terrorist, according to Webster, is “one who inspires fear” and terrorism means “a systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”

I’m terrified about the shutting down of our government. So, I am pretty sure the government shutdown by the Tea Party-led Republicans qualifies as terrorism.

I also looked up anarchy. According to Webster, anarchy is  “a state of political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority.” The Republicans in Congress will not pay our bills, effectively shutting down the U.S. government (anarchy) over a bill that was passed by the legislative branch of our government, signed by President Obama, tested in court and found to be constitutionally sound. Thus, the shutdown seems “a systematic use of terror.” Our government policy is “we do not negotiate with terrorists.”

Anyway, I also looked up invective and I have come to the conclusion that “terrorist” and “anarchist” fits certain Republicans.

My parents have a fixed income and were spending about one third of their yearly income on medical expenses. Under the new health care system, their Humana premium would drop from $113.88 each to $48 each. A saving of $790.56 per year. That’s a lot of money to my parents.

The real issue is the Tea Party and Koch Brothers Republicans are going to stifle and already slow recovery by letting us go into default over a bill that has nothing to do with the payment of our bills.

Jack Maggard, Ashland

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