Tina Dupuy's column in the Post Independent on Nov. 3 was a wonderful example of twisted logic regarding terrorism and weather. I don't like to use it, but the apples and oranges expression comes to mind.
She critiques the federal, state and local governments because (they have) "done nothing to keep our biggest cities above water in a storm." Last I observed, rains come from the sky and fall indiscriminately on Canal Street (wherever that is to have ships needed) and New York City. Thus, in a storm, water will get in the streets. If the storm drains are fully functioning, water will drain away harmlessly.
In a major rainfall such as Sandy, no size of drainage system will suffice. I probably don't need to point out that Sandy is a very fitting name, with huge deposits of beach material on East Coast streets.
Ms. Dupuy makes fun of the Romney campaign requesting donations of canned goods. She said the Red Cross does not want them. It is the refugees, the soup kitchens and shelters that need them.
The Red Cross isn't the only aid group on the scene and was not in charge of giving. The Red Cross is money oriented, but I have no idea why they would try to deny others an opportunity to give aid.
Many more points could be made about this column, but critical readers have already detected them. Ms. Dupuy is touted as an award-winning writer, but many high school essays are better written.
We need a report from Heidi Rice on her football season and Husband-Head's man cave fantasy football. I miss her columns.
Jack E. Blankenship
"I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man that he's better that the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll even empty his pockets for you." - Lyndon Johnson
This is the best analogy that applies to what is going on in politics today. The Republicans are giving you someone to hate. Why?
The first job I had after getting my degree, I worked for Lady Bird Johnson. I still think Lyndon Johnson was a war-mongering, self-serving wolf wearing wool, but he knew a lot about what worked and what helped people.
There was an older man named Foley Broadus who was my boss. He told me that the core of the Democratic Party was productivity. The idea is that if you are productive and make goods for people to buy, you are stimulating the markets. The more people who have jobs and are able to spend money they earn, the more demand for products there are, thus creating need for new employees.
This is the only way more jobs are created. Anyone who has owned a business will tell you, if they are honest, that they do not hire unless they have to. Nobody would think, "I have all of this money; I am going to hire new people to make more product than I need, and then I will sell it." That is stupid, and only makes your product worth less than it was.
Demand drives price. Real job creators know this all too well.