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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Congress

Letters to the Editor

Carina Lewis writes, in light of the recent raise in student loan interest rates,  about the value – and the cost – of a college education. (July 12, 2013, Page 4A)

Court: In some places, the past is past

Editor Don Whitten writes about the Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision concerning parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, agreeing with the majority of the justices who say that “current conditions” should determine who is still required to get preclearance from the Justice Department for district line changes and voting guidelines. (June 26, 2013, Page 4)

Term limits idea beginning to look better

Editor Don Whitten, long opposed to term limits, writes that he might be changing his mind about how long we allow members of Congress to serve. (May 29, 2013, Page 4)

Federal government not very popular these days

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at research numbers that show that people do not have a very favorable opinion of the federal government, regardless who which party they belong to. The interesting thing, Whitten notes, is that the feeling is different at the state and local levels. (April 24, 2013, Page 4)

Sequestration – finding some middle ground

Webster’s definition of sequestration seems a bit different than what’s being talked about these days. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a “political economy” definition and the wide range – depending on who you believe – of possible effects of sequestration. (February 27, 2013, Page 4)

Wage hikes and recessions – related or not?

Editor Don Whitten’s research shows that, since the mid-1970s, most mandatory federal minimum wage increases came before, during or right after recessions in the United States, and he wonders what, if any, relation there might be between the two in light of President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2015. (February 15, 2013, Page 4A)

Empty mailbox on Saturday – what will we do?

Barring a possible backlash from Congress, it appears Saturday home delivery of mail will end this summer. Editor Don Whitten looks at the joys of Saturday trips to the mail box and wonders if we can come up with a way to keep it going. (February 8, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Millie Stivers writes to say that the reason U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee voted against a bill to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy was because of all the “pork” attached to the bill, while Jack Dunbar writes to say that efforts to ban assault rifles does not violate the Second Amendment. (January 22, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to say that the language in the Second Amendment is pretty clear when it comes to guns and a militia, Harry P. Owens writes to say that we need to move forward with reasonable gun regulations and David Smith writes to say that a recent editorial cartoon distorted the truth and misinformed readers about tax increases. (January 18, 2013, Page 4A)

Paycheck envelopes a tad lighter this week

Have you gotten your first paycheck in 2013 yet? If so, you noticed it was smaller. If not, get ready for the drop. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the 2 percent payroll tax for Social Security that’s hitting all employees. (January 9, 2013, Page 4)

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