Letters to the Editor

Letters - July 22, 2011

Dems creating crisis, but not a solution

This Democratic administration is at it again.

When they needed the stimulus bill, the panic was that the TARP bill did not stop the financial crisis.

Their political strategy was simple — don’t let a crisis pass; basically, use it for political gain. Their selling point was that unemployment rate would not exceed 8 percent.

The money doled out in the stimulus to increase jobs cost the taxpayer $278,000 per job. President Barack Obama finally confessed the shovel-ready jobs were not as ready as he emphatically stated.

With the debt crisis looming, this administration has come up with the old game plan of scaring the seniors and blaming Republicans for his dilemma. Obama proclaims he cannot guarantee Social Security checks or that the retired military will get paid.

His comments are absolutely untrue. What happened to the $1.2 trillion Social Security trust fund? The current projected August revenues are expected to be $220 billion, of which only $60 billion is required to pay the interest on the deficit.

A Goldman Sachs analysis by Jim Pethokioukis at Reuters illustrates that monthly revenues will pay for priority obligations such as interest on debt, Social Security, Medicare, and essential military obligations. The obligations listed equate to approximately $155 billion of the monthly revenue. Thus, the scare tactics need to be put to rest once and for all.

Then again, the Senate has not developed a 2012 fiscal budget nor has Obama put in writing his solution to the debt issue.

He takes pot shots at the Republicans and mouths platitudes and gives grandiose speeches, but he has not presented any definitive solutions in writing nor has the Democratic-controlled Senate. Obama can have 26 fundraising events but does not have time to produce a written document outlining his recommendations to the debt ceiling crisis.

The Democratic strategy is simple: Criticize the Republican budget but don’t produce a Democratic budget or a written solution to the current debt crisis.

Dean Jenniges



Don’t leave infant or pet in the car

Summer is here. Please inform readers about the “greenhouse effect” of parked cars. Even with cracked windows, the inside temperature can soar rapidly.

On a 78-degree day, the temperature of a car parked in shade is about 90 degrees; if parked in the sun it climbs to 160 degrees within minutes.

Every year, we hear of infants, toddlers and companion animals who suffer terrible deaths because people accidentally became distracted or delayed when their original intent was to just hop in and out during quick errands. That risk is not worth the heartache and loss. It’s a reality. People are not thinking of the consequences.

So far, we educated two drivers in Poulsbo, at the post office and Home Depot parking lots. Luckily, drivers arrived in time to release their panting dogs.

Heat is especially difficult on dogs who cool themselves by panting and perspiring though paws. In oven-like conditions, the result can be irreversible brain damage, heatstroke and death.

Throughout summer, please, please do not leave children and animals in parked cars. Thank you.

Linda Troup


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