Opinion Line (May 30)

05/30/2014 12:00 AM

05/29/2014 5:12 PM

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As soon as Edward Snowden came into the room, NBC anchor Brian Williams should have slapped the cuffs on him and proclaimed, “I arrest you in the name of the United States!” Now that would have been newsworthy.

Snowden is an American hero. He shone a light on NSA officials and caught them with their hand in the cookie jar. No need for light anymore. Their faces glow so bright red with embarrassment, even the darkest corners offer no refuge.

Notice something? Obama’s policy blunders and scandals have become so overbearing upon the citizenry that one seldom now hears his critics called racists.

I find it curious that for a man of little experience, intelligence and skill, as the right would have you believe, President Obama is somehow the cause of the chaos all over the world. He’d have to be a man of superior intelligence and skill to pull that off.

America needs to declare a separation of corruption and state.

Mayor Carl Brewer is doing the right thing. Job development, water security, public transportation and street maintenance are the bare necessities of every good city. I’ll say it again – good city.

There is talk about a new sales tax to improve our city. How about doing something about cars parked in yards or on the street with flats for a month, or the people who never remove garbage cans off the parking area or own many properties but don’t pay taxes?

The city has adamantly refused to increase its mill levy for more than 20 years. Now that its streets need serious help, the City Council wants everyone who spends money in the city to contribute via sales tax.

Is it possible to have the 1-cent sales tax on everything except prescriptions and basic food needs? There could still be a higher tax on pop, chips, candy, alcohol, etc., which are not basic to our health.

Carrying a gun into a restaurant is not a Second Amendment right.

When a bomber kills people, the bomber is blamed. When a drunken driver kills people, the drunk is blamed. Yet when a killer shoots people, the gun is blamed.

Those who hate and fear the Kochs obviously won’t be caught dead at the Koch Industries Twilight Pops Concert at Riverfest. Or they probably would rather pay $50 each instead so they aren’t obligated to the Kochs, right?

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