Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Our nation needs strong leadership

What’s with this Democratic administration? Job unemployment rate just dropped to 6.3 percent. Good news! Bad news! 800,000 more workers have left the work force, and a national job participation rate of 62.8 percent. It’s lowest since 1978. The economic growth rate in this struggling economy is a lousy zero point one percent.

Yet, President Obama brags continually about the economic growth. It is absolutely farcical.

Obama’s administration has taken their eyes off the economy to set up social talking points for the 2014 and 2016 elections.

What does the White House webpage have as issues? Sexual assault on campus, minimum wage, EPA holding off on ethanol regulations.

This President even sticks his nose into the NBA racial upheaval. And Harry Reid is concerned about Native Americans being offended by the Washington Redskins football team logo.

Obviously Obama and Reid feel more comfortable talking about the socially political issues rather than the Nation’s economic or foreign policy dilemmas.

The focus should be on the economy, jobs, energy independence, national debt of $17 trillion, an outdated IRS, and resolving the scandals of Benghazi, Fast & Furious, IRS targeting of Conservative groups, and a failing ACA.

Obama delayed a vote on the Keystone pipeline because of a billionaire hedge funder’s threat to withhold millions of dollars in campaign funding from the Democratic Party if Keystone was approved. This Democratic administration seems willing to sacrifice the economic growth of our Nation to retain political power.

Now reports have come out that the sequester impact was so minimal that only one Department of Justice person ended up without a job. Yet there was such a hue and cry that according to Harry Reid one point two million jobs would be lost.

What an indictment against the governments “Chicken Little” syndrome when it comes to thoughts of reduced spending. The government is so bloated that sequester had little effects on its size.

It’s time to stop believing government is the answer to this nation’s problems. The economic and financial crisis we current are in is the result of bad policies, regulations and leadership.

Our nation needs strong, decisive leadership, not progressive and liberal diatribe and oratory.

Dean Jenniges

Bremerton

 

Transportation cuts hurt

Just a little more than a year ago, Denice Hughes wrote a column in the Central Kitsap Reporter telling how very important it is for older people to stay active. How can a person stay active when the busses have stopped running on Sunday? How can a person who has always gone to church on a bus that dropped them off at their church get out when they don't have that transportation?

Bus runs have been cut back, too, in the mid mornings and mid afternoons and some people can't even get to their doctors and dentists during the week.

As Hughes pointed out, depression is not a fact of life as we age, not a personal weakness, a lack of faith or a sign of failure. The loss of routine functions, the ability to walk, read, bathe, the loss of relationships. death, divorce, or retirement also contribute to the symptoms of depression.

Is this the way we should treat our elderly? Let's get those buses rolling again. That will put smiles on the faces of the depressed and lonely and put determination in their minds that they can conquer their feelings of loneliness and depression.

 

Florence Meyer

Bremerton

 

 

 

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