I object to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur blaming House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and the Republican Party for the economic crisis in her Dec. 18 op-ed column, “Fiscal cliff’s manufactured crisis threatens economy, security.” She chastises them for stubbornly holding out against tax increases.
Miss Kaptur sat next to the gavel on the House Appropriations Committee, where so much overspending was approved. If she was truly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, she should have opposed all of the unnecessary spending that goes into our federal budget. We would not need to raise the tax rate on anyone if Congress could get its spending under control.
Miss Kaptur should work to get a real budget passed without all the pork in it. That is what her constituents want and expect from her.
Column’s right; dads need to act
Kathleen Parker’s Dec. 14 op-ed column, “America’s reluctant First Father needs to speak up,” hit the nail on the head. Most of the problems in this country are the result of children being raised in single-parent, fatherless families.
One thing that our First Father could do to help would be, as Ms. Parker stated, to tell America’s fathers: Marry the mother of your children. Be a father to the children you sire. Go home and stay there.
Donated food brightens season
Thanks to food editor Daniel Neman and The Blade for your article on the donation of food, especially frozen casseroles, to local soup kitchens such as Claver House (“Put your heart where your mouth is: Give the gift of food this season,” Dec. 4).
As a volunteer at Claver House, I can vouch for the popularity of the donated casseroles among those we feed there.
I am proud that my parish, Corpus Christi University Parish, has been a leader in donating frozen casseroles for years, but many other religious organizations and individuals also are regular donors. Thanks to them all.
R. GREGORY STEIN
Manor House’s decor lauded
I thank the staff, volunteers, and decorators who helped make the Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House a festive place (“Metropark mansion alive with sights, sounds of season,” Dec. 5).
The craft show and café were welcome delights on a chilly day. The Oak Grove School was a step back in time, with traditional crafts, yummy cookies, and an opportunity to chat with St. Nicholas.
The old farmhouse offering wine tasting, cookie frosting, and the reading of holiday stories added to the ambience of the season. What an absolute delight for all ages.