There is a lot of talk about cutting entitlements, yet those with the purse feel they are entitled to everything and their workers are entitled to nothing (“Diminished expectations,” editorial, Nov. 1).
Follow the money, and you will find an attitude of entitlement by the extremely rich, causing poverty and profits to rise. I can think of nothing as degrading as working all week and still not having enough money to feed my family or to buy gasoline to go to church.
When did America lose its soul? Maybe when it sold out to the bottom line, rather than those who work on the assembly line.
THE REV. ROBERT FRY
Senior Pastor Heritage Church of God Monclova Township
Sound fiscal plan needs to be made
Parents used to teach their children to be fiscally responsible — living within your means rather than spending more than you earned. This would allow them to grow into responsible adults and to prosper.
Being in control of personal finances was normal, and the government was no exception. However, as time progressed, the government diverged from the path of responsibility. It found its way into massive deficits and a national debt of more than $17 trillion.
Politicians should be made to spend only what money comes in as revenue. This will lead to cuts in services, but it must be done.
The only way to ensure change in fiscal policy is for Americans to speak up. An amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced budget would be a huge leap toward financial responsibility.
Replace jail with 2 smaller ones
Perhaps a better solution to the overcrowded and aging Lucas County Jail would be to consider two smaller jails (“Firm chosen to study needs for a new jail; Architect to collect data on cost, projected size,” Nov. 18).
One jail would be for those who committed violent crimes, and the other would be for nonviolent offenders and those who committed misdemeanors. This could help to reduce recidivism and overall cost.
Where’s stamp for Christmas?
I received an ad from the United States Postal Service recently about holiday stamps. There were three offerings: one for Hanukkah, one for Kwanzaa, and one for a gingerbread house.
A gingerbread house? What holiday does that represent? Is the postal service banning Christmas? This is sad.
Editor’s note: The United States Postal Service Web site offers a 2013 Christmas stamp titled "Holy Family," which depicts an illustration of Joseph leading a donkey carrying Mary and Jesus, guided by a star.