Tax money paid to Laffer not funny
Gov. Sam Brownback looks to a discredited economist for advice on taxes and spending (Aug. 15 Eagle). The governor spent $75,000 of tax money for consulting by Arthur Laffer, who was laughed off the stage years ago by economists who have not forgotten everything that they know about the economy. And this is on top of thousands spent to defend some of the other policies of his administration.
This seems like pouring salt into our wounds.
There is a billboard at I-235 and 21st that says “Safety is a right – not a privilege.” It’s an offer to help victims of domestic violence, so I want to say upfront that in no way do I condone domestic violence, and I’m glad help is available.
Having said that, the idea that safety, in general, is a right bothers me. The truth is, safety is an illusion.
I think we should teach children not to run out in the street or talk to strangers. But our need to “feel” safe has led us to practically strip to get on a plane and to allow cameras in every corner of our world.
In the pursuit of safety, we have surrendered freedoms for which brave Americans laid down their lives.
The solution for safety obsession is to secure our place in heaven and trust God to walk us through this life. So take a risk – go out and live.
Our very existence depends on paying attention, and yet hardly a word has been uttered this month marking the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atom bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Neither presidential candidate has. Few commentators have. Do our citizens remember or know about it?
But 6,000 Japanese know and remember, as they rallied this month to speak about the horror of 140,000 killed in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.. History and the recent Fukushima Daiichi plant meltdown led Nagasaki’s mayor to call for a nuclear–free society and renewed commitment to a global ban on nuclear weapons.
Here at home, we must do the same and object to the continued push for nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons. Twenty-three reactors built with the Fukashima design have been awarded extending permits. We must be made aware of existing contamination, such as at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado. Its operators kept the release of radioactive and toxic waste secret from the community.
Dangers of nuclear war are real when countries such as Israel, which has 200 nuclear bombs (rarely discussed), adopts a threatening war stance against Iran, which reliable sources say has none.
If we don’t yell “stop,” who will? If not now, when?
Over the past 40 years, I’ve had mole problems every so often. Poison pellets usually did the job. About three years ago the problem got serious with our entire quarter of a block becoming a floating type of surface. The pellets and fertilizer didn’t seem to help the problem.
Last year, I noticed an ugly calico-type cat in my yard. He or she wasn’t friendly, just mainly moved away when we were outside. I walked out in the yard one day and spotted a dead mole. Since then, I’ve seen this several times.
When I leave for work in the morning, Mr. Molecat, as I now call him, is usually lying out comfortably in some area of the yard.
Moral of this deal: If this happens to you, leave the feline be. We are mole free. Not all cats are bad. And our yard is great.