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We deserve someone to run this great country other than McCain or Obama. It would take an altruistic, intelligent, special person to take on this extremely difficult, low-paying job. Another JFK, FDR, Reagan; or someone new like C. Powell or C. Rice that we are fairly sure would not harm the structure or the appearance of the U.S.A. A vote for McCain would keep a man and his wife out of the White House who do not like white people and who may have some loyalty problems.

I cannot continue to watch communist news network (CNN), O’Reilly, Hannity, and, perhaps, the least fair and balanced ” Aspen’s Con man. Rush is entertaining, and Fox does come out with some balanced news.

Other than unbiased news, I would like to hear some of our wise men discussing how to better our system, rational and logical changes. Not that our present politicians would allow the changes.

Help the poor help themselves, and do not tax those in the lower income bracket. A properly executed and administered consumption tax would work, and save us billions by getting rid of most of the IRS. Charge the rich 20 percent extra for all they spend on luxuries, to include big houses (mine included), planes, boats, jewelry, French wine, etc. The middle class would have to pay something.

A real dream would be to have merely 50 senators, and cut the House of No-representatives by 40 percent, saving billions. Those remaining must be held accountable, passing no bills with addendums. Drop out of the United Nations, and stop sending money to countries that hate us. This is a real dream that lawyers and politicians wouldn’t allow we, the people, to accomplish.

Another dream is that our teachers and professors would teach our children how to think, not what to think.

I have poured out my soul, so I will not get into our borders, illegals, gas and energy, limiting lawsuit awards, despot judges, Social Security, health care, the polar bears, etc.

I am deeply concerned.

Dick Fitzgerald


In response to John Fay’s June 20 letter concerning drug use in the workplace. John, I can sympathize with your frustration in reporting workplace violations to supervisors.

I worked for the town of Silt for two years and brought many violations and abuses to the attention of the Public Works director, most of them committed by outside companies or individuals but some by town employees.

Would you believe a few of the town employees are stupid enough to smoke next to the oil supply that fuels the shop vehicle garage heater? Forget the inconsideration of smoking in the only doorway from one shop to the other, where the non-smoking employees pass through to continue to work. Forget the law that does not allow smoking in government vehicles or buildings. The fact that they endanger the lives of those around them if that fuel should ever catch fire should be enough to warrant disciplinary actions.

Well, not in this case, since their supervisor is part of the group. He reports directly to the Public Works director, who has given his blessing to the supervisor to run his department any way he sees fit. Any complaints and you’re a troublemaker told to shut up or even asked, “You want to keep your job, don’t you?”

Corruption in government? Supervisors looking the other way? Family and friends being shown favoritism in regards to contracts and deals? You betcha! Welcome to the reality of small town government!

Kelly Thornton


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