Letters to the Editor - Dec. 27

December 24, 2010

People don't take the national debt seriously

To the editor:

Thank you, Charles Krauthammer, for two rather lucid columns on Dec. 12 ("Obama pulls off Swindle of the Year," page A10) and Dec. 19 ("Obama is the new comeback kid," page A8). 

You keenly pointed out (or should I say "admitted") that:

1) Obama is smart and pragmatic, not ideological

2) Nobody on Capitol Hill or in the White House takes the national debt seriously.

While the former should cause sighs of relief, the latter is of greatest concern.

Why, you might ask, do our political leaders and representatives not take the national debt seriously? Well, because they all are still wishfully thinking that balancing the budget and repaying the national debt can be done without pain if we just wait until tomorrow. You heard it —tomorrow.


An approach that is best described as naive and cowardly. Because balancing the budget and repaying the national debt will be painful — everybody knows that. And the longer we wait, the more painful it will get.

But maybe it's not just Congress and the White House. Maybe we all have enjoyed living beyond our means for too long. Haven't we, as a society, become used to rewarding ourselves —even if we don't deserve it and even if we can't afford it? 

Just look, like right now, when times are hard and people have trouble making ends meet. How are they dealing with that? Oh, they buy Droids. There is something wrong with that — seriously.

Hans K. Buhrer


Appearance of today's men is disrespectful

To the editor:

What's with today's young men and their appearance? 

They go for job interviews, TV appearances, attend church and weddings, etc., dressed in blue jeans with holes and bleach stains, shirt tails out, shirts not ironed, face unshaven and hair standing upright as if having their fingers in a live electrical socket. 

During the lives of many men my age (the 80s), we found it necessary to, in many cases, be dressed in such an unkempt manner due to economic situations. We wore clothes with holes, shoes with flapping soles or holes in same, and lucky to have your own comb. Those of us having that situation were at the time ashamed and embarrassed to have to present ourselves in that unkempt manner, but had no choice.

There is no excuse today to choose to present oneself in that manner. Times were tough in the 1920s and 1930s. Please, in the future, try to be more respectful in the manner of your dress. Is this a case of one's indolence?

Tom Wilhelm 


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