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Letters to the Editor

Special cookie, special meaning

While visiting family and friends in Gothenburg, we stopped into Daylight Donuts to pick up some rolls before leaving.

Deb gave us a Christmas cookie—it wasn’t an ordinary cookie—it was a Christmas cookie with candle and a message that read,“Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” so celebrate Christmas Day and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

So, after all the family had gathered for this special day, we did indeed sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It was so inspiring to see the Children’s faces as they sang and blew out that candle.

It was a special idea Deb shared with all that received that special Christmas cookie, and one I hope she shares with all next year as we will be back to receive one, also.

It helps—I hope all of us—to remember that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

 

Beware of carbon monoxide

Our community is very lucky to have dedicated volunteer emergency personnel and police officers. If you know a volunteer fireman please express your appreciation for the time they give.

Our carbon monoxide alarm went off about 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. The police and six volunteer firemen quickly responded in those wee, cold hours and spent time making sure our family was safe and secure. After the gas company checked our house, it was determined that our carbon monoxide detector was malfunctioning.

Please check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are working. The gas company employee told us that the plug in detectors need replacing every 3-5 years and of course those with batteries need checked often.

The following information is from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. Prevention is best treatment for carbon monoxide poisonings.

ach year, carbon monoxide poisoning kills nearly 500 people nationwide and sends over 15,000 to the emergency room. The Centers for Disease Control ranked Nebraska as the state with the highest reliable mortality rate from carbon monoxide. In 2010, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center received 292 calls concerning carbon monoxide. But this figure can be misleading because carbon monoxide poisoning is often under-reported. It is imperative that the citizens of Nebraska understand the dangers, the symptoms and how to prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, shortness of breath and convulsions. The first step in treating carbon monoxide poisoning is getting the victim to fresh air. Then seek medical attention immediately.

Carbon monoxide is a gas produced when fuels burn incompletely. It has no color, taste or smell. The major causes of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

Using heating equipment that is in poor repair

Lack of ventilation in a car

Using a charcoal grill indoors

Using unvented space heaters

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center offers the following suggestions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

Inspect all fuel-burning equipment yearly.

Vent fuel-burning heaters to the outside.

Do not use a gas range or an oven for heating a room.

Never use a charcoal grill or hibachi inside.

Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home.

Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.

Have the vehicle muffler and tailpipes checked regularly.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center offers tips on carbon monoxide poisoning prevention as a free community service. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or if you have any questions, contact the Nebraska Regional Poison Center toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

Thank you to police officer Joe Humphrey and the volunteer fireman who responded to our alarm. You had a very busy week helping our community and your dedication and time are truly appreciated.

   

U.S. is far from Marxism

I’m glad that Neil Davis agrees with one of the government entitlement programs ... veteran benefits. But, what about the millions of veterans and civilians who have labored their whole lives just trying to keep up with the bills and couldn’t get enough saved for retirement? It is sad that so many people are homeless today, but there would be many more homeless if not for Social Security. Believe it or not, there are millions of people who only have Social Security to live on.

Marxism (communism) takes peoples’ land, businesses, and voting rights away. They imprison and kill people for speaking out against the government. Examples are Russia, China, Cuba. This is a far cry from our government wanting to help people with retirement, health, education and disability benefits. I will not be convinced that we are anywhere near communism.

The latest recession started during the George W. Bush administration which lowered everybody’s taxes. I voted for George W., but I try to be objective so, if those sacred tax cuts on the wealthy are the answer, how could that have happened?

At the time, I wondered how he expected to pay for our wars and lower taxes at the same time.

Do I believe the millionaires and billionaires would stop spending on yachts and cruises and end up standing in bread lines, as Neil suggests, if their taxes are raised to the pre-Bush era rates? No, I don’t. I believe higher tax rates on the wealthy encourages them to invest in business deductibles which helps the economy grow.

I know that when the farmers have a good year they buy the equipment that we sell and that helps us, the manufacturers, the material suppliers, etc.

   

Who will next be in bread line?

Penny Fattig (12-22-10 letter to editor) wants us to let her get things “straight.” In my 04-29-09 letter (response to one of her letters) I wrote, “If I had my way, they (veterans) would never have to spend a dime on anything after what they sacrificed.” Penny wrote (12-22-10), “Neil...doesn’t want to work with people who approve of...veterans benefits...”

How “straight” is that? I view veterans benefits as part payment for a debt we will never be able to fully pay. If there is no constitutional justification for them, I think we should make it so, through the legal process.

Penny did better with government involvement in education and agriculture being Marxist. If she has read Marx’s “Communist Manifesto,” I’m impressed. But then again, she went acting all “crookedy” on her Holy Grail (Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid). Who cares what happens to future payers as long as I get mine?

Penny was being sarcastic when she wrote that we should go back to the way it was when people “...got to stand in long soup lines and sleep under bridges...” She jokingly wrote about tea partiers being responsible for dumpster diving. I’m surprised she didn’t mention Republican’s long-standing desire to let old people eat dog food.

Lloyd Pohl (05-06-09) wrote about people living on the streets of Boston. On Thanksgiving, President Obama proudly commented, “Even as we speak, there are countless Americans serving at soup kitchens...”

Dumpster diving is now an art form. How could this be possible with all of Penny’s glorious entitlement programs? Government robs us blind, then like Penny’s hero FDR, throws back some coins to the peasants so we will re-elect him dictator.

Unabashedly, Penny resorted to class warfare against wealthy liberals like Ted Turner and robber baron Warren Buffett. She also attacked Rush Limbaugh (one of radio’s largest charitable donors). She implied that they “...may pay less in taxes proportionately than you and I.” In 2008, the adjusted gross income of the top 5% earners was 34.73%. Their share of taxes was 58.72%. The next 45% earned 52.52% of the AGI and paid 38.58% of the tax load. The bottom 50% earned 12.75% and paid 2.70%. The AGI / taxes paid would look something like this.

Top 5% [-------] / [-------] Middle 45% [-------] / [-------] Bottom 50% [-------] / half of this [-------]

Penny wonders why trickle down economics didn’t work during the Great Depression. It doesn’t take “Mister Obvious” to figure out, the more you raise the tax rate on the rich (or anybody), the less they will spend.

FDR never got it. He took tax rates from 25% to 94%. That would sure entice me to spend more, how ’bout you? Democrats have vilified the Bush tax cuts ever since they were implemented.

Now that Democrat’s re-elections are in jeopardy, they voted to keep the cuts in place. Now they are the Obama tax cuts and they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread (which under Obama, we’ll be standing in line for).

   

Social programs filled a need

Let me get this straight. .. Neil (Davis, letter to editor 12-15-10) doesn’t want to work with people who approve of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits, government student loans, farm programs, etc., because these are Marxist programs, correct?

Let’s go back to the way it was when people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own because of health, disabilities, old age or economy collapse, got to stand in long soup lines and sleep under bridges because they couldn’t pay their bills.

No, we mustn’t ask people to pay taxes, even the wealthiest like Ted Turner, Warren Buffet or Rush Limbaugh (who may pay less in taxes proportionately than you and I). The trickle down theory will take care of us.

Yeah, right. I wonder why it didn’t work that way during the Great Depression? No, we mustn’t work together. Gridlock is much more effective.

That terrible FDR, who stuffed the Supreme Court (whatever that means) to pass Social Security. What in the world must he have been thinking to want to help people in old age, the disabled, the veterans?

We need to get those Tea Party candidates elected so they can get started dismantling our social programs. That might not be so bad, though. I’ve heard that if you get to the dumpsters right after the restaurants close, the food isn’t that bad. Maybe someone will make their fortune by inventing wheelchair accessible dumpsters. We’ll also be needing speedier wheelchairs so we can get there before the food is all gone.

Yes, I am joking, but I’m also trying to make a serious point. The reason social programs came about is that they were urgently needed.

   

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