Letters to the editor July 24, 2013

Mosley letter got down to substance
The letter from Arvin Mosley in the Daily Journal on Sunday, July 14, reveals a sharp mind and an uncanny ability to get right down to the interests of the average American in our social climate of today. If I had the desire to see the America we fondly still remember destroyed, I would definitely agree with Mr. Mosley because it is a certainty that an ever-expanding government which promises everything to everybody for their vote, all the while taking away the right to self-determination from them, will self destruct.

There is a saying worth considering: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Ilona Bauer
Military pay cut is outrageous idea
There was an article in the July 17 issue of the Journal that really made my blood boil. The article stated that there is a proposal in Washington to reduce military pay as a way to save $120 million a year, which is a drop in the bucket when you look at the total military budget.

What made me so mad is the fact we, as taxpayers, are paying the lawmakers in Washington outrageous salaries and exceptional perks for a job they are not doing.

And yet, the military is expected to go into war zones, involving multiple deployments, to protect us and the Washington politicians – whose only goal is to be re-elected – are paid only a fraction of the salary a congressman makes.

Don’t the military leaders realize with each deployment the chances of a soldier returning alive or uninjured is reduced?

The following are two verses from a poem which I recently read (writer unknown) which sums this up pretty well: “The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives are often disproportionate to the service that he gives; while the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all, is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small. For when countries are in conflict we find the soldier’s part is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.”

Earnest “Dee” Streit

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