Letters to the Editor

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Tag: FISCAL CLIFF

Feb.
5th

BUDGET: Legislators mustn’t cut vital Medicare services

As a health care provider who cares for Tacoma-area patients with kidney failure who rely on life-saving dialysis, I want to thank Congressman Derek Kilmer for his recent visit to DaVita’s Tacoma Dialysis Clinic to learn more about kidney care in our community.

Kidney failure patients receive 4-hour dialysis sessions three times a week – 80 percent of whom rely on Medicare to pay for their care with a “bundled” payment covering a multitude of services including lab services, nursing care, medications and more. Yet, Medicare doesn’t cover the full cost of these dialysis treatments, so many dialysis

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Jan.
4th

ECONOMY: Obama doesn’t want to reduce the deficit

How about that. The News Tribune editorial board, Katie Baird and even Eugene Robinson found religion. All of them are telling us the fiscal cliff agreement which will bring in $100 billion per year won’t do much to cut the deficit. Sound familiar?

The Republicans have been saying that for years President Obama’s tax plan, taxing only the top 2 to 3 percent, would bring in only $70 billion to $80 billion per year. That amount, like the $100 billion per year from the fiscal cliff deal, wouldn’t have cut much of the deficit either. The mainstream media never questioned

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Jan.
3rd

CONGRESS: Very little leadership being shown

So our congressional “leaders” have reached a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. Now they are patting themselves on the back for “getting the job done.”

But wait a minute, the Congressional Budget Office says that the compromise bill just signed will add almost $4 trillion to the national debt over the next four years (TNT, 1-1). May the good Lord save us from too many such fruitful accomplishments.

The only bright lining I see is the fact that the state has a congressman who continues to exhibit concern for what is best for the country. I tip my

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Jan.
2nd

CONGRESS: It’s past time for term limits

The president can only serve two terms in office. It’s time to limit the terms that members of Congress serve, too.

It seems that the longer elected officials serve, the more distance separates them from those who elected them. They evolve into a political class that looks out for their own selfish interests while telling us how hard they work for us.

I realize that many enter politics to serve the people, but there is no doubt that the longer they serve that the emphasis moves from serving “us” to serving “them.”

Perhaps if senators knew that they would only

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Jan.
2nd

ECONOMY: Everyone will have to feel the hurt

Re: “House averts cliff; spending cuts delayed” (TNT, 1-2).

Our representatives in the other Washington have managed to beat the clock again. However, it seems that this is just a repeat of the battle to raise the debt limit in 2011 and possibly going back further.

It has been known for at least 10 years that the U.S. is overspending and needs to lower spending to at least the revenue. This latest fix just seems to kick the can down the road to March or thereabouts. All the same problems will still be there, plus the debt limit will

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Dec.
31st

ECONOMY: President isn’t up to the fiscal cliff task

Once again the president used the media as a political tool, with another useless “theatrical” set of remarks to the American people, this time complete with some democratic supporters lined up behind him.

The president has sent Vice President Joe Biden over to do the negotiating because the president is so inadequate at it. It is time the president put his big-boy pants on, rolled up his sleeves and did his own negotiating with a sincere conviction to get the debt resolved.

He had a debt-reduction committee of both parties work hard and come back with meaningful and obtainable proposals

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Dec.
28th

ECONOMY: Majority spoke by re-electing president

A lame duck Congress has been asked to come to the aid of this country many times in its history; likely, a no more important time occurred in our republic than in 1865. In January of that year after much acrimony, debate and political logrolling, Congress enacted the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery. This story is told so poignantly in the film “Lincoln” in theaters now.

President Abraham Lincoln, quoted by Carl Sandburg in his wonderful biography, said, “In a great national crisis, like ours, unanimity of action among those seeking a common end is very desirable

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Dec.
27th

ECONOMY: Up side to going over the fiscal cliff

Let’s face it, those who have earned income in 2013 will pay more taxes one way or another. But, when you look at the consequences of the fiscal cliff cuts, it’s really not that bad. In fact, many are welcome.

Half the spending cuts will come from the Department of Defense. It’s time for the Pentagon to reprioritize. The Cold War is over. We lost. The Russians and Chinese duped us into perennial debt. I am not aware of North Korea, Iran or al-Qaida patrolling our coastline in submarines, so why do we need a P8 sub-hunter, for a start?

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