POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013:
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@Body copy:Getting Priorities Straight
(re: Numbers Frame, Sept. 19)
Excellent article; but depressing. It very much reveals the great need for on-spot leadership in our city government. With a continuing exodus out of Tulsa of both citizens and businesses, we cannot maintain outlandish projects that burden the remaining citizens with more oppressive taxes and regulations. Jobs created by new substantial businesses should be the focus by our mayor and city leaders.<\!s>
We also need to throw off the strangle-hold of chamber and oligarchy factions that have agendas of greed and control as motivators. City leadership should actively solicit citizen input before launching projects or impositions that continue to oppress and bloat the tax burden. For instance, with the newest Trash Service that incurred nearly two million dollars for an unnecessary teaching/nanny campaign on Tulsa citizens is outlandish and irresponsible. Also, a plethora of Agencies, Boards and Committees need to be thinned and made much, much more accountable.<\!s>
And, just as important, is the need to set priorities on how and what the city responds to in their decision-making. For instance, the fiasco on the recent re-naming of Brady Street was a knee-jerk reaction to a race-baited agenda. Involvement in these kinds of issues should be left to the courts. City leaders should not succumb to revising or even tweaking history. There will always be whiners and crybabies that insist on the world responding to their tantrums. But we should, instead, build on positive matters and brotherhood that serves the full citizenry.
<\m> Gene Beach, via urbantulsa.com
Who Doesn’t Love Lists and Hyperbole?
Name one (just one) federal entitlement program that has ever been repealed: Social Security? (Never repealed, and losing money.) Medicare/Medicaid? (Never repealed, and losing money.) Food Stamps? (Never repealed, and losing money).
Obamacare is just the latest federal entitlement program that is on-track to never be repealed once dependents start signing up for it next week (yes, next week!). The difference is that this entitlement program will impact the healthcare for ALL of us (whether we sign up for the entitlement or not).
Employees at all of the following companies have already been told that they will be forced to cut working hours, their jobs, or family healthcare benefits directly due to increased costs and taxes from ObamaCare: Home Depot (20,000 workers); Walgreens (160,000 workers); UPS (15,000 workers); IBM (110,000 retirees); Time Warner (100 percent of U.S. retirees).
Our country is at a Tiananmen Square moment, and it’s time for the grown-ups to stand firm and stare-down the oncoming tank that is ObamaCare.
The feds have already shown that they’re willing to sacrifice our jobs, our retirement benefits, and our healthcare in order to save ObamaCare. This week, it<\#U00B9>s time for the grown-ups to step in and make our wishes known. All it takes is one phone call to your Senator and Congressman, and 5 minutes of your time: (202) 224-3121.
<\m> Mark R. Heaton
Better As Mediators Than Police?
To foster world stability, it is in the best interest of the U.S. to promote equilibrium in the Middle East.
Israel should be kept strong because it is a Western oriented ally and buffer country in the region.
Iraq was a buffer against Iran. With the death of Hussein and the takeover by the Shiites, the balance of power has shifted to Shiite Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The Sunni majority in Syria, supported by Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, is fighting President Assad of Syria, a Shiite. We should support the Sunnis in Syria with some arms and hope they can hold their own and keep Assad off balance. Since the Syrian rebels have Al Qaeda elements among them, we do not want to strengthen them, nor weaken Assad, too much.
Egypt is a dubious friend of the U.S. The Sunni Muslim Brotherhood continues to cast a shadow on the country. We should back the Egyptian military as a counter-weight to the Islamists in Egypt.
Sectarianism in the Middle East prevails over national identity, and conflicts will be fought due to sectarian and religious differences. We have to remember who our potential enemies are in the world.
<\m> Donald A. Moskowitz
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