I read the letters to the editor every day. It amazes me at the minutia that occupies the media and what motivates people to write. It’s an unending barrage of The Wall, Russian Interference, Impeach Trump, Trump Tweets, Imprison Hillary.

But the subject almost never discussed, or written about, in the mainstream media is our nation’s debt.

In 2018, the budget deficit was $1.2 trillion. Written out, that’s a 12 with eleven zeros. This is the amount of money that the government essentially “put on a credit card” to be paid back at some later date. Except later never comes.

Here’s an example to conceptualize how much money $1.2 trillion of overspending really is. If a person stood on a street corner and gave away $100 bills as fast as he could, (two $100 bills per second), and he did this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop (no sleeping or eating) until all the money was gone, that person would have to be standing on the street corner for more than 190 years.

But that’s not exactly accurate, right? It’s not just one person spending all this money. Congress spends it. And they spend this amount every year.

So let’s take another look at it. There are 535 members of Congress (100 senators and 435 in the House of Representatives). And they overspend this amount in just 12 months.

When you divide the $1.2 trillion into 535, then divide by 8,760 (number of hours per year), each member of Congress overspends more than $256,000. That’s right, all 535 members of Congress overspent $256,000 per hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop, for the entire year of 2018.

I’d like to have just an hour of my congressman’s time. How about you?

Jim Gould




By rushing through the vacation of two city streets over the objection of the city planning commission and in the face of public disapproval, as evidenced by the petition to place an overturn of the ordinance on the ballot, our City Council has again demonstrated its disdain for their constituents and our city.

I cannot believe that these people can do what they do and show their faces in public. I am sure that they feel great about themselves as they strut down Main Street and relish the fact that they keep putting it to our citizens.

I can especially see them as they dodge the outdoor eating/drinking areas, observe trucks (and cars) hit the curbs as they turn onto Main Street, watch traffic stop at the flashing midblock crosswalk signs, step around puddles at intersections and observe the already deteriorating concrete of the gutters at those points, and count cigarette butts in the planting areas.

This doesn’t even compare to the pride they must feel as they dodge patrons’ parked cars through the vacated sidewalk at the new hotel in town.

I don’t expect to see any of them patrolling their respective precincts with such pride, nor do I expect them to consider the trials of less mobile citizens as they try to negotiate the same route described.

I remind our citizens that in an election with an unopposed candidate, there is no requirement that you vote for them. A large turnout of voters with a low number of votes for the unopposed candidate should make their head swell with pride, knowing that they have disappointed so many people.

I feel sadness that not only our City Council, but also the administration, felt so empowered that they had to embarrass themselves by entering into a neighborhood problem exacerbated by a disagreement with a city department and “solving” it with such an “in your face” manner.

Don Kinn




Don Iliff (letter, Jan. 7) cites his knowledge of the Bible as a source for his opinion on Donald Trump’s unfitness to be president.

With no desire to disparage Don’s credentials, it is necessary to point out there is a significant difference between Bible “head knowledge” and Bible “heart knowledge.”

Scripture requires a response in the form of a heart change. Satan knows Scripture like the back of his hand, but his fate is already sealed. Likewise, lay pastor experience would have to be weighed in the context of adherence to God’s entire word, which is a matter of church doctrine.

Many mainstream denominations today have departed from preaching God’s word by preaching an edited or abbreviated version and some have even resorted to conducting congregational surveys on moral issues, which is akin to hiring a fox to guard the henhouse.

Opinions on Donald Trump are really a matter of who you believe. Iliff seems to focus on the allegations of Trump’s extramarital affairs, and while there have been several allegations, there is no valid proof. This hasn’t deterred the left-leaning media sources from promoting the allegations, some of which are from 30 years ago, as absolute truth.

Even if you accept the allegations as truth, I would remind Don that the Democrats hold no moral high ground in this area and only God knows the human heart.

Missing from Iliff’s biblical approach to support the Democrat Party is an articulate, scriptural defense of the party’s support of abortion, gay marriage, and gender confusion, among others.

Trump was not elected on the basis of his morality any more than Bill Clinton was. The presidency is a secular position and the debate is about the future of America.

Trump has delivered on most of his campaign promises, which is a departure from the past, and the man is still standing firm in spite of overwhelming opposition, some within his own party.

Opinions are plentiful. Thoughtful, informed opinions require time and effort and are in much shorter supply.

Larry Richards