Our Readers Respond

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Letters to the Pilot

What is the Kerry plan?


Since I am not really interested in political speeches, Republican or Democrat, I didn't watch much of the Democratic Convention. However, I did read about some of Senator Kerry's comments and promises in his acceptance speech. Senator Kerry made the statement: "I will be a Commander in Chief who will never mislead us into war." But John Kerry was given the same intelligence information as President Bush and came to the same conclusion, voting for the removal of Sadaam Hussein. Then he shifted his position, again becoming an anti-war advocate and voted against $87 billion in funding to provide essential supplies like body armor and ammunition for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has proven himself incapable of articulating a clear vision on Iraq. All he says is that he has a plan. What is it? It is very easy to criticize after the fact, but not to explain what the plan is, if he has one, is irresponsible.

Another quote: "Let there be no mistake. I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response." Does that mean that he will wait for another attack like 9/11 before he does anything? That is what happened under the previous administration and we paid the price on 9/11. President Bush is taking the fight to the enemy so the War on Terror is not being fought in New York, Des Moines or Storm Lake. These insane terrorists have vowed to kill every Jew and Christian in America. I don't know about you, but that includes me and my family. And this didn't just come about when President Bush was elected. They have been carrying out these terrorist activities against Americans since the late 1970's. They just become more bold when we don't do anything to retaliate.

A third quote: "I will cut middle class taxes. I will reduce the tax burden on small business. And I will roll back the tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals who make over $200,000 a year, so we can invest in health care, education and job creation." The record shows that John Kerry has a long history (20 years in the U.S. Senate) of raising taxes. He has voted to raise taxes 98 times for a total of over $2 trillion on working families, seniors and small businesses. In 1993, he voted for the biggest tax increase in U.S. history, which included an increase in the tax on Social Security benefits. According to his own campaign, John Kerry has proposed at least $2 trillion in new spending, but as yet he has not told us how he is going to raise the money for this new spending. Taxing those making over $200,000 a year will come nowhere close to funding that. Besides, most of the people who make over $200,000 a year are small business owners who create most of the jobs in this country. Is there something wrong here? So he wants to increase the taxes on the people who create the jobs that he is talking about. Perhaps he plans on creating more government jobs.

He says that he has a plan, but we have not heard the details. All we hear is promises. If I remember correctly, then candidate Clinton talked about cutting taxes and then as President he got the biggest tax increase in American history through the Congress with the help of Senator Kerry.

That may be Senator Kerry's biggest accomplishment in his 20 years in the U.S. Senate.

- Russell Eddie, Storm Lake, former Republican state representative

All aboard for AWAYSIS journey into the future


In an over simplistic view of life, we travel from a yearning of the future to a nostalgic longing for the past. In our youth, we constantly look toward tomorrow - when can we go to school?, when can we drive?, when can we go to college?, etc. As we reach our middle years we tend to look forward to the status quo; especially, if we are satisfied with our plight in life hoping that nobody will rock the boat. Then in our later years we look back upon what we believe were better times during our middle and earlier years.

Institutions, like humans, also follow these same trends of future, present, and past. Educational institutions by design prepare for the future. Governmental institutions (even though they claim to have futuristic views) all too often are status quo organizations being reactive rather than pro-active and maintaining the status quo. Retirement and Care Giving institutions deal with aging and the past.

Our little corner of the world currently has a futuristic train about to embark upon a journey that we know not exactly where it will take us; i.e. Project AWAYSIS. The train is filling fast with those who believe we must be pro-active and aggressively plan the future of our county. This belief is in opposition to being reactive by continuing to wait for some magic wand to cast the wonders of economic growth and development over the area. Naturally, because of the unknown, there are those who ride the trains of the "past" and "status quo" who are not quite ready to have their ticket punched for the ride into "tomorrow." I encourage all, regardless of what train you feel most comfortable upon to consider a trip on the light speed AWAYSIS Train to the future of Buena Vista County. This trip, like adventures into space, has been designed, engineered, and well thought out, planning for all contingencies. It is fiscally responsible based upon "getting back" a portion of the tax receipts that we are "already sending" to state and federal agencies. There is risk, but this is a terrific opportunity for all of Buena Vista County to showcase to the world our great slice of the universe. All Aboard! See you on the trip to AWAYSIS!

- Tom McClinton, Storm Lake