Teachers should learn from refs
Maybe the teachers union should use the same negotiation skills as the NFL referees. They got the raises they wanted, while teachers across the country are fighting to keep their heads above water. Something just doesn't seem right about that.
I was at a youth sporting event last week and was shocked by the appalling attitude of some of the kids. They were cursing the referees, their coaches and even some of the parents.
One kid got into a fistfight with a member of the other team. No wonder these kids are heading down the wrong path. Where were the parents to clip them around the ear and put them in line?
I wish it didn't cost so much to get your children involved in after-school activities and sports. In my city, it costs more than $200 for them to play football or to cheer. Baseball is $100. Monthly fees at the community centers for basketball can be nearly $30.
It's hard for families to make ends meet, never mind try to get the youngsters involved in something. Even schools charge for their clubs and sports. What's a parent to do?
Stop bashing the president
This is a great paper and I read it every week. However, all of the rants bashing the president concern me. He's our commander-in-chief. If the people don't like it, then they should move to Canada. There should be respect for the leader of our country.
You may not agree with everything, but calling him names and saying what a lousy job he's doing isn't the way to make this nation what it once was.
It's simple: I don't trust Mitt Romney.
There have been many letters in the paper about abortion, pro-choice and pro-life. There is just one simple statement to make: if a person truly believes in the one true God, then abortion is wrong.
Only God, the creator, has the ability to take a life and he says life begins at conception in Psalm 139 in the Bible. If you don't understand or read the Bible, you will make the wrong decisions. There is no excuse to take any life, whether it is because of an absentee father, a health issue, a financial problem or emotional incapability.
The bill was written years ago for the woman to stand in the gap for the baby. It is not a choice for the mother. It was introduced for the child's choice, if he or she would be able to speak.
Based on the way most abortions are done, why would a baby agree to be murdered in that way? Many wonderful people today have stories about how their mother almost aborted them. God promises to take care of his own, whether you are a baby, a grown up or a senior citizen.
Sincerely, belong to God and you will see this is true. He never breaks a promise. If you don't believe in God at all, then I can understand your thoughts on this matter, sad to say.
Not a fan of the presidential hug
I just read the comments in the Sept. 21 edition and am stunned that anybody who pays any attention at all to what is happening in this country and around the globe would support the man in the White House.
Let me respond to a few of the letters.
1. Count me as one of the Republicans who is offended by our president getting a bear hug at a pizza parlor. That seems more appropriate for a juvenile delinquent than for the president of the United States. Not only did it show a lack of respect for the office of the president, but how many 50-year-old men greet each other with a bear hug?
2. To the person who wrote the list of items bashing Gov. Romney, I would suggest that you do some research and not rely on the Obama talking points. If you look into Obama's past you will not be a worshipper. Why do you think he is concerned about you when he has allowed his half-brother to live in poverty in Kenya? If he doesn't take care of his own family, why do you believe he gets a hoot about you?
Do your research and you will find what you wrote is false. Take the blinders off. You will find that what the president says and what he does are two completely different things.
Lastly, look at the photo of our strong leader in the room observing the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. The photo speaks volumes.
3. To the person who called Gov. Romney a buffoon for his comments on Libya, guess what, he was right. I know straight talk is a foreign concept, since all we have heard for the past three and a half years is gobbledygook. I think the real question is why the ambassador and Seals were not adequately protected and why they were ordered to be unarmed in a hostile area?
I think the president and Secretary Clinton have a lot of questions that need to be answered, and are ultimately responsible.
The president this week appeared on "The View," but didn't have time to meet with world leaders. He called the terrorist attack in Libya a "bump in the road." His policies have ruined the economy and have us on track to be a socialist country. He has tried to convince the public that success is a bad word.
This man does not have a clue on what it takes to run this country. World leaders see him as weak. His constant apologizing and bowing is a disgrace.
Unemployment has remained above 8 percent, the debt has topped 16 trillion, wages are stagnant and housing is in the tank.
At a tipping point
What kind of America do we want now and what kind of America do we want for our children and grandchildren?
We are at a tipping point. We could follow Europe.
Greece, for example, has demonstrated that big-spending government inevitably leads to mismanagement, chaos and ruin. Traditionally, Americans have disdained this path but President Obama embraced it with his American Recovery Act.
This multi-billion plan failed because the cost far exceeded the benefit, which amounted to very few jobs created. Our choice should be very obvious.