Donations are needed
I read in your paper last week about the shoebox campaign. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people take care of children in other countries and there are so many in America that need help.
I am a compassionate person and feel for all the children, but it would be nice to take care of our own first.
I recently read an article about a program started in Port St. Lucie called "Grace Packs." At this particular school, there are children starting at 6 years of age and up. There are 41 children to date who receive a "Grace Pack" on Friday so they will have food for the weekend, if not, many would have no food until Monday when they return to school.
Donations are a variety of foods that are kid friendly (i.e. microwavable mac and cheese, soup, pasta, granola bars, juice boxes, etc.). I personally have asked my local Curves if I could place a box in our gym and the ladies have come through for the children, giving food daily for this cause.
Imagine if local businesses and individuals started giving even one item a week we could feed so many who are less fortunate.
More on welfare system
Now, to let the readers know, first the welfare system was never designed to live off of. As I see these young gals breeding kids, our socialized Medicare and Social Security was never meant for what people do today with it.
I see Haitians and Latinos getting into the "free" system that they never paid into, so that's a drain on the economy right there. Some immigrants come into this country knowing that they'll be able to get free stuff. You never hear of them writing to a congressperson to thank them for giving them that stuff. Oh, wait, they need to be able write and read in English in order to do that. Although the forms are in Latin or Creole... hmm perhaps we need to make English the official language of Florida.
There's a state out in the midwest that has done that. They have no budget problems at all. Go figure. Oh, by the way the democrats are now blocking the congress because they don't want to concede to the budget for the free handout "entitlements" that helped them get elected from the people who they bought off so they could have their cushy jobs in Washington.
Anyhow, the welfare system was never intended to be used the way it is now. Just wait, people, for that big flushing sound of the U.S. That would be us becoming part of Europe with dysfunctional budget woes all at the expense of taking care of people who just want to rely on the government for their livelihood. Hope they sleep well at night.
Poor education system
The decision to turn over the education of our children has been exposed as stunningly ignorant.
Unionized monopolies have created ossified, bloated bureaucracies which fail to serve students or parents.
Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taipei and many European countries produce high-school graduates with far better test scores. Students in the United States are not stupid, but they are poorly educated and poorly prepared to enter the competitive world of work.
From a self-described flag-waver
To the person who wrote; "Know your facts:"
First of all, I wrote about Obama coming to Florida (again). It's my opinion this man should have been doing his job instead of running back and forth, state after state, campaigning. I don't remember an incumbent president campaigning hell-bent-for-leather like Obama. It's also my opinion he was running scared. It's also my opinion (and many others), his amnesty for Latinos (as Obama put it), put him over the election, which wasn't a landslide. You stated, "Your TV has more than one station and if you don't like what's on one station, 'you' change stations."
For your information, everything he did and does is on "every" station. I thought everyone knew that. You also say Obama saved jobs by bailing out GM and Chrysler. (It's the second time for Chrysler) The reason is the same: China; not enough export, too much import. You're right about the jobs part, as least for now.
In my day (I'm 77), there were no Toyotas, Nissans, Kias, etc. As long as our government allows so many foreign imports into the U.S. we will be back in the same situation soon.
While there are obviously sincere, patriotic individuals and groups very concerned with the environment, who isn't?
But the movement is being held hostile by fanatics who value their cause like religious fundamentalists.
When flowers or shrubs or birds or bugs become more valued than people, we've lost perspective. There are such things as property rights, but legislation such as the Endangered Species Act has handed busybody bureaucrats a club to stamp all over the average American citizen.
Editor's note: The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. It will celebrate its 40th year in 2013.
Overpaid dog sitter?
Obama wants to raise taxes, while at the same time, have a White House staff with a salary in excess of $1 billion a year. He pays a dog sitter a salary in excess of $100,000 per year.
With a wife, two daughters and a mother-in-law all living in the White House on taxpayer money. I think somebody could watch the dog. Does this seem nuts to anybody else?
Editor's note: This "news" comes from the website Free Republic, which identifies itself as "the premiere conservative site on the net."