Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 8

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Leaders shouldn't feather own nests

To the editor:

Everywhere I go I meet someone who is out of work, had their pay cut back, been sick without medical insurance or been hit by a combination of these calamities. Republican State Representative Glen Casada said it is time to look at cutting the per diem pay of state legislators. Republican U.S.Congressman Zach Wamp said it is time to impose term limits on Congress. This staunch democrat agrees with both ideas. I think it is time for our leaders to put their mouths where their money is; cut through the hypocrisy and do the right thing.

They can begin in the State House of Representatives by phasing out their pension plans. State representative is a parttime position. Retirement pensions should be reserved for fulltime workers. Congress almost enacted term limits several years ago. With all the notorious lawbreakers this august body of lawmakers has produced lately, is there any doubt that we could attract a better quality legislator with term limits?

Gubernatorial candidates can do their part too. I've only seen one candidate (there may be others) who has taken the time to clearly state his position on all the major issues of the day and that is Ward Cammack.

It would be nice to see all candidates put forth the same effort. And would it be asking too much for just one out of the 10 candidates for governor to promise a State Bank of Tennessee if he or she gets elected?

David Clark


Per diem increase not in public interest

To the Editor:

Our Tennessee State Legislature is due to receive an 8.1 percent per diem increase while they themselves are debating drastic state budget cuts affecting thousands of Tennessee State employees. This, even though Tennessee Social Security recipients will not receive a COLA, but their Medicare expenses will go up.

As expected, members of the General Assembly spoke out on the issue with House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada stating he is "not interested in increasing my per diem, and may look at rolling it back in January."

His counterpart, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, Nashville, came up with a novel idea stating : "if per diem gets so high, maybe we ought to look more at raising the salary and lowering per diem to balance it out." An excellent proposal. Wonder why no one else came up with this brilliant concept of duping taxpayers?

Obiviously, economics are not Mike's strong point. Poor Mike continues to overload his brain by describing himself as a "working stiff" who loses money when the legislature is in session. Reckon has he ever considering resigning his seat, since he is obviously going broke on the parsimonious salary and per diem he receives from taxpayers and living on his salary as a "working stiff?"

Wonder if it has ever dawned on Mike and his ilk that thousands of Tennessee "working stiffs" already survive and raise families and pay taxes on a lot less than he and his cohorts are paid with taxpayer dollars?

Every article that I read about our state-level politicians and their shenanigans reminds of the old Al Capp satirist comic strip 'L'il Abner,' and the character Senator Jack S. Phogbound and his political exploits in Dogpatch. Old Senator Phogbound would fit right in with our own Dogpatch General Assembly with his hand out and always on the take.

Charles David Sliger


All must work together to save our children

To the Editor:

To all eyes reading this article, to every listening ear, please hear and understand. We have got to reclaim our childrens' future. We must keep our kids off the streets.

We live in a hurting and destructive world. Families, churches and community must work together to save our youth. This violence has to stop.

Know where your kids are, who they're spending their time with. Pray not only for them, pray with them. Give hugs, laugh together, spend time together.

Know your God and have strong faith in Him. Believe me, Satan is busy! He is snatching our children from the choir stands and church pews.

Be not deceived, he does not care how much money your family has, your religious beliefs or the color of your skin.

My son Tron was raised in a good Christian home, nice neighborhood, well provided for and very active in his church.

Many of you knew Tron and know our family. But somewhere Tron lost his way, made some bad choices. But through all, he had that understanding of early years with God in his life.

Please take heed to my letter. Don't wait til it hits your family like it has ours. Listen and prevent times like these. We are losing too many of our youth.

Sharonita Liles


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  • Sharonita Liles, I do not know you, nor did I know your child, but I am truly sorry for your loss. Your reminder to other parents is touching to me, and I am humbled by the sentiment. Thank you so much for your concern of others in your own time of mourning.

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Mon, Nov 9, 2009, at 12:41 AM
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