POSTED ON JANUARY 12, 2011:
Love Letters/Hate Mail
Where Credit is Due
(In response to "Best and Worst" in the Dec. 30 -- Jan. 5 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
Urban Tulsa: Congrats on your 19th anniversary. The publication has improved over time.
I'd like to take this opportunity to commend one of you employees (especially since I wrote a very critical letter to you about Ted Rall, whom I realize is not an employee but a columnist). Mike Easterling does a good a good job by consistently taking a handful of facts, after answering some good questions, and turning them into an interesting, non-verbose, easy-to-read and accurate story. And, he follows up. He will call me every once in a while and ask, "Where is the county (or fairgrounds) on such and such?" Or, "Have there been any further developments on (project)?"
And, Mike E. doesn't slant his stories when the article is on a controversial subject. It's good to see/read a reporter doing what a good journalist is supposed to do. Not that I'm an expert -- I'm not, but I did take a little journalism at Kansas University and have read some things about the subject and have been in public office for 16 years, dealt with numerous reporters and read a lot of articles dealing politics and local and state government.
And even though I don't like everything about Urban Tulsa (or any other publication) I too hope that UT is around "for another 20 years", with or without Ted Rall. (I'll skip that page.) T.C. Commissioner Fred Perry PS: The "Best and Worst 2010" article was an excellent combination of text and illustrations, most of which I agree with.
Again and Again
(In response to "Letters" in the Dec. 30 -- Jan. 5 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
Ah, I see in the Dec. 30th letters column that my friend J. Ray Hunt is at it again. Before he contended that everyone registered Republican is a spawn of the devil incapable of doing good, and now I see he's arguing that all liberals are angels of God incapable of doing harm. Interesting theory.
Mr. Hunt says that liberals '... make no laws that represents (sic) the rights of the poor', do '... not elevate the power of the rich over the poor', and ensure that 'no parties or corporations shall have any power over our people.' Yet we now have an inheritance tax that classifies struggling family farmers as rich. This almost guarantees that when there's a death in the farmer's family, part of the land will have to be sold to Monsanto. Yet it is now a federal offense to bake a cake in your non-stainless steel kitchen and sell it to a friend. The federal government might let you decorate a Sarah Lee cake for him or her -- maybe. Yet we are now required to buy health insurance from private corporations. Insurance which, oddly enough, became less affordable the moment it became mandatory.
He further claims that liberals '... provide for the welfare of children, old, disabled and unemployed.' Federal meddling in state child welfare programs, however, has a miserable track record of taking children from loving parents and leaving children in abuse, or putting them in worse abuse than they had to endure before. Many people did a better job of providing for their own old age before the social security pyramid scheme began taking a huge chunk from their paychecks. And unemployed people (whether disabled or not) are often discouraged from working even when they can. Did you know that taking a temporary job that lasts two months, or going to school, will end your unemployment benefits? Give a man a fish don't teach him to fish. Otherwise, he might gain some self-respect.
So, liberals are keen to see that 'all jobs shall be kept here for American workers', '... workers must be given livable and honorable wages', and that 'no Americans shall be denied healthcare when they are sick.' Thus it is that liberals remain in bed with their allies the labor unions and help them lower the productivity of American workers -- and if you don't think labor unions ever do that, you are a babe in the woods. Thus it is that liberals demand that the borders be porous but keep citizenship dear. This, of course, creates a permanent underclass to take 'the jobs Americans don't want' (because they pay less than minimum wage and illegally offer no benefits whatsoever). And thus it is that the liberals create massive beasts like Medicare, then punish doctors for charging less to cash customers who don't require 10 reams of paperwork per visit.
So, all workers must be given respect and justice' and 'no Americans shall be denied legal rights when accused.' This about the people who passed so many federal statutes that no professional lawyer can claim to be expert in more than a fraction of them, yet still maintain that ignorance of the law is no excuse. This about the people who throw workers in jail for signing contracts with other companies when those other companies do something illegal (despite the fact that corporate trade secrets are better protected these days than individual privacy). This about the people who turn a blind eye when states convert fines into 'fees' and thus deny the accused their day in court.
Isaiah 32:7 says, 'The scoundrel's methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.' The liberal keeps us working 80 hours a week just to pay our federal taxes. This, of course, leaves us no extra time, energy or resources to use in giving our neighbors a 'hand up'. But, self-styled heroes that they are, they're always ready with a government handout provided, of course, there's something left over after the graft and corruption is properly financed. And while liberals are happy to look after our souls via James 1:27 and Matthew 25:31-46, I don't see anything there that suggests Robin Hood saved the souls of the rich by forcing them (at the point of a sword) to give to whomever Robin of Loxley considered poor and deserving.
As for the Constitution, Mr. Hunt, I frankly don't know why you would go there. The Founding Fathers knew that a federal nanny state would be less than half a step away from tyranny, and the proof is in the 10th Amendment. And the proof that they were right is all around us. The working poor have a piece of their meager wages pulled, then must renounce their privacy to a nosy government in order to beg for food stamps to replace dollars they had actually already earned. This is your dignity and justice?
So, the bus overheated, here we are by the side of the highway, and we have figured out by dead reckoning that we are on the road to Hell on Earth. And you, Mr. Hunt, don't want us to take another road because this one is so beautifully paved with good intentions. God loves you, sir, and so do I, but please spare me. Fifty years of federal liberal experimentation has brought us more workers in poverty, more homelessness, less liberty for most and less privacy for all. So, if you were thinking of making a resolution for the New Year, may I suggest you be more careful what you wish for? We don't mean to complain, but we just keep getting it in the end.
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