The problem in Washington is overspending
To the editor:
A simple plan to "Save Our Society"
We don't have an insufficient revenue problem in Washington, we have an overspending problem. If government interference and over regulation would be reduced, jobs would be created, private industry would prosper and more than sufficient tax revenue would be generated.
1) Establish a flat tax rate equal for everyone
2) Congress cannot spend more than it takes in i.e. a balanced budget
3) The federal deficit is to be reduced by a minimum of 10 percent each year and be at zero in 10 years.
4) The President, Congress and their aides will not be eligible for:
a) A paycheck
b) A retirement package
If points 2 and 3 don't happen, a tax hike is not permitted to accomplish this.
5) Congress could be eligible for bonus pay, within reason, if members accomplish this plan.
This will hopefully be an incentive to get both parties working together.
This is a common sense plan to save our country and our future.
David K. Smith
Keep your dollars for giving in our own area
To the editor:
You have no doubt heard the quote, "Charity begins at home." Loosely, this means take care of your house before that of your neighbor. During the "season of giving" that is upon us, I am going to ask your readers to do just that. Please keep your seasonal and yearly donation dollars local this holiday season. Instead of sending your donation dollars out of Columbiana County or out of Ohio, please check to see if there is a local charity that serves your desired "cause" instead of sending funds to a national or worldwide organization, when possible.
Most local organizations, like the one in which I am actively involved, the Humane Society of Columbiana County, cannot afford glitzy advertising campaigns and television commercials.
So far, in 2011, we have conducted over two fund-raising activities per week. A handful of volunteers and staff raised tens of thousands of dollars in addition to participating in the daily care and exercise of the animals, adoption activity, fielding phone calls, building and yard maintenance and outreach. Humane cases have numbered nearly 30 per month and over 100 formerly abused, neglected or unwanted pets are now in forever homes.
Thousands of miles have been driven to investigate concerns of cruelty and neglect and to conduct home visits prior to adoption. Requests for action increase yearly while giving remains constant or worse, declines. I am certain, other local charities and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations can say the same.
Please, I ask you to do your homework, seek out a legitimate organization and begin your charity at home this year. Lend a helping hand to those causes in your own backyard...in your own community during this season of giving. Your neighbors and friends are working very hard to "Make Hope Happen" right here in Columbiana County.
JENNY R. PIKE
Urges Ohio Senate to vote yes on 'Heartbeat Bill'
To the editor:
The beating of the heart has been established both scientifically and medically as a sign that a person is alive. Three weeks after conception, the beginning of life, an unborn baby's heart starts beating and that heartbeat can be detected around six weeks gestation. Most abortions are performed after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, and therefore a human life has been taken.
I am writing to encourage the Ohio State Senate to vote yes on Amended Sub. House Bill 125, popularly known as the "Heartbeat Bill." If this bill is passed and signed into law, performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected would become a crime, unless the abortion was performed for a medical reason (example, mother's health). I urge our Ohio senators to protect life, a gift from God and a right granted to us by our Constitution, and vote yes on this bill.