Letters to the Editor

Bush's double talk cause for concern

At a recent speaking engagement, to pitch his Social Security reform proposal, President Bush was asked by a lady in the audience how his new plan is going to fix the "Social Security problem." His verbatim response is as follows:

"Because the ... all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those ... changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be ... or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the ... like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those ... if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."

If you understand the president's above explanation you are undoubtedly a loyal and dedicated Republican who unquestionably accepts, on the basis of faith, every word uttered by President Bush. If you do not understand the President's above explanation it does not make you un-American or a liberal, or an atheist. It merely includes you in an ever-increasing number of other loyal and caring Americans who have come to realize exactly why our beloved country is in real trouble.

- Mike Bence

Sugar Hill

Ten Commandments rulings are ludicrous

This fight over the Ten Commandments is ridiculous when you look at our Federal Government buildings and what our founding fathers had to say about those Ten Commandments. Lets take a look at a few:

· There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington.

· Every session of Congress has begun with a prayer by a preacher who has been paid by the taxpayers since 1777.

· On the wall just above the Supreme Court judges is displayed the Ten Commandments.

· As one walks up the steps of the buildings which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you will see Moses holding the Ten Commandments.

· Statistics show that 86 percent of Americans believe in God.

· James Madison said, "We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, and to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

· Patrick Henry said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

In closing, why are we allowing the Supreme Court to override their own established beliefs? This current bunch of un-American judges on the Supreme Court need to be removed from office or ridden out of town on a rail (First of course, we need to tar and feather them).

- Don Ashworth