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Congressional must-dos

Americans like me need the Senate to take up the cause on three matters of great importance. First, the IRS cannot be allowed to enforce the Obamacare individual mandate. The law is bad enough already, but IRS enforcement is unacceptable. The tax agency was caught red-handed targeting conservative groups. It should not be allowed to enforce my health-care decisions.

Second, Congress must pass the bipartisan USA Freedom Act (S. 2685), introduced by Sen. Leahy and supported by Sens. Lee and Cruz. Under the Fourth Amendment, the government must obtain a warrant to search Americans. The NSA and other government agencies are not above the law.

Third, the Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization in September. The bank gives taxpayer-backed loans to some of the most profitable corporations in the world. Government bureaucrats need to stop picking winners and losers. The Export-Import Bank needs to be shut down; do not re-authorize it!

Millions of Americans share my views on these important matters. It is not enough to sit by and do nothing. The Senate must take action to address these three major issues as soon as Congress comes back from August recess.

Nigel Poulton


All about survival

In response to “Morally obligated” (Your Views, Aug. 6): We the taxpayers are not funding the deaths of over a thousand Palestinians. The Palestinians are using Soviet rockets to attack Israel; does that make the Russians morally obligated for funding the deaths of Israelis hit by the rockets? I think not.

This has nothing to do with aid or anyone’s guilt. This is about Israel’s survival.

Stephen Burchett


No comparison

In reference to Douglas MacKinnon’s Aug. 7 column on global warming (“Global-warming zealots reap huge profits from peddling their phony ‘settled science’” (Metro): So much hatred against the “liberal left” was spewed out that it seems that he’s blind to any logic behind the belief in global warming. That he doesn’t agree with the theory is one thing, but the insults and charged language point to a more personal agenda.

Your paper decided to ease out Steve Otto’s column for MacKinnon? Please. There’s no comparison. Otto wrote wonderful human interest stories. His agenda wasn’t to attack, but to inform and, at times, inspire.

Vilma Tamargo


Poor placement

Why do Douglas MacKinnon’s opinion pieces appear on the front pages of the Metro section and the Nation & World section instead of on the editorial pages, where they belong? There is nothing wrong with his opinions and cherry-picking of facts, but that is what editorials are all about. The last time I checked, 97 percent of scientists support the view that global warming is partially man-made. Even 84 percent of U.S. scientists support this. Only 5 percent of U.S. scientists do not.

As far as people making money off global warming, people make money off everything, even tea party politics. Please keep editorials on the back pages and news on the front pages.

Rush Miller


The nerve to tell truth

Wow! Douglas MacKinnon’s column Aug. 7 was fantastic. It is about time somebody came out and exposed the truth about Al Gore and the global warming scam for what it really is. To quote: “Over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tons of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750.” This is a fact that nobody wants to hear because it shines an extremely bright light on the lie about CO2 and its effects on our climate and atmosphere. Not to mention the fact that Gore has been bilking taxpayers (us) for billions of dollars, wanting us to sacrifice while he jets around in his private plane and lives in his 10,000-square-foot mansion in Tennessee and his mansion in California.

Thank you, Mr. MacKinnon, for having the nerve to tell the truth in spite of all the hate mail you probably will receive from the narrow-minded. Great column!

Ken Reilly

Plant City

How soon we forget

It amuses me to see the political advertisements on TV. The ones that amuse me the most are the advertisements for governor. The Republican Party keeps saying that Charlie Crist was such a bad governor. It amuses me, and even suggests that maybe the Republicans don’t have very long memories. Crist passed every Republican-led bill like a rubber stamper except one. That was Senate Bill 6 on education. I guess he didn’t have the heart to destroy public education.

After he vetoed SB 6 the Republican politicians were jumping off his U.S. Senate bandwagon like flies leaving for honey. The next year, with Rick Scott in office, a similar bill on education was passed. I don’t think I need to tell you what this bill has done to public education.

Agnes Murphy


Typical government

I recently received my bill for my VA medications. This is the first bill I have received since they prevented us from filling their prescriptions at our local supermarket. My VA bill was over double what I was paying before. The three medications I take once a day were filled for three months. One prescription had 180 pills (I take two of those each day), another had 45 pills (I am to cut those in half) and the other had 90 pills, just like at my local supermarket. Paying twice as much for less. Typical of government involvement.

Gary Phillips

San Antonio

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