LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Media is missing what matters

 

For the last four years the tea party has been made fun of, faced allegations of racism and violence without evidence, and completely ignored. Last year the media claimed the tea party was dead, then recently they have been given the power to shut down the entire government. Amazing but brief history, all untrue and unproven.

What is becoming increasingly obvious is that we are living in a time unprecedented in U.S. history. Mainly, those in power are operating as an oligarchy more powerful than any before in history. At no time has any government have as much power as this one does for surveillance and involvement in every aspect of life, and the elites in power are ruling without a care for the masses.

Passing laws but exempting themselves is becoming common practice. Shutting down the government but picking and choosing what gets to stay open and who gets paid. Deciding what is considered essential and what isn’t. Making decisions that affect millions based on what is politically expedient to themselves. Those rulers of ours make life and death decisions without concern or guilt.

It is truly remarkable to be watching this happening and what makes it unique in U.S. history is that the media is no longer watching or pointing out these discrepancies. Instead they are complicit and protecting the oligarchy.

Even in countries with no free speech, there are brave reporters and journalists who risk their lives to get the word out of what is going on. Here, where the media is protected by our Constitution, they are willingly participating. Truly remarkable.

 

Patricia Rucker

Harpers Ferry

 

It is time for term limits?

 

It is time for term limits for the senators and representatives in Washington D.C.

Our government is at a standstill with no end in sight. Looming in the next few days is a major financial decision which could send the nation and possibly the financial world over a cliff if there is no vote on raising the debt ceiling.

Our elected officials were hired, to do what is right by the individuals who voted them into office. They are failing to do that, the ideologies of the two parties clash to the point that the government is stalemated.

From my perspective it appears that after a few terms of office the elected individuals lose sight of what the daily lives of their constituents are like. They lose sight of what is important to the living of everyday life that the average citizen of this country confronts daily.

Some of those elected individuals would say that it takes at least two terms to learn the political system in Washington. If it takes that long, should they be there? Common sense and logic do not appear to be the paramount brain thrust in the Capitol. And it is evident that the “will of the people” means nothing to those elected officials, on both sides of the aisles.

Term limits would ensure that the emotional linkage to the needs of the people would come to bear when making laws that would affect the people. Special interests would take a back seat to the needs of the majority of the population. Lobbyist pressures would lessen due to the turnover of elected officials.

The pressure to get re-elected would be gone, thus changing many of the dynamics of power in the Capitol. Why are some of the laws written the way they are? Does it help a certain entity that would make a healthy donation during the re-election? Payback in the form of “pork barrel” payoff would go away. The list goes on.

There is one major hang up to term limits for Congress; they have to vote themselves out of office. Don’t think that will happen.

 

George I. Kidwiler Jr.

Bakerton

 

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