The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

October 16, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012


Think twice about the way you vote

I have heard one of our congressmen say he won’t take anything away from our Social Security benefits. But he said the Republicans want to take away from it.

These are some questions about Social Security I looked up on the Internet. Check it out.

FDR implemented Social Security in 1935; since then these are changes made to it.

Q: Which party took Social Security from the independent “Trust” fund and put it in the general fund so Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratically controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which political party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA)?

A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which political party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the “tie-breaking” deciding vote as president of the Senate while he was vice president of the U.S.

Q: Which political party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: That is right. Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country and, at age 65, began to receive SSI Social Security payments. The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it.

You need to think twice about the way you vote; this (to vote) is one right you still have.

Don’t let some of the candidates take this right away from you. The things that have occurred in the last three years should be a warning. They are forcing something that the Constitution says they cannot force you to do: purchase something you don’t want.

This is what Obamacare is about — “control.”


Larry McComas

Shady Spring

A call to arms, advice to job applicants

As we enter into, or suffer through, the final weeks of an almost unprecedentedly bitter election campaign, I am moved to offer some unsolicited advice to all of those individuals who are desperately applying for public jobs and seeking to motivate us, the voters, to hire them.

I wonder what would happen if every single candidate, Democrat or Republican, signed a mutual pledge with his or her opponent that from this day forward, until election day, each would passionately pursue a totally positive campaign — that each would spend all of his time, money, and energy presenting to the voters every bit of information that could possibly be unearthed to justify the virtues of his programs, his qualifications and his  dreams for accomplishing the job which he seeks. Furthermore, this mutual pledge of their sacred honor would explicitly articulate their determination to make no mention of their opponent in anything except a courteous and respectful tone or manner.

Can you imagine what attention would focus on our great state of West Virginia if this were done from the governor’s office all the way down to the magistrates’ races? I expect we would make the network evening news — I’m sure we would have a vastly better informed electorate, and maybe — just maybe — we would see the slow course of our ship of state begin to move, ever so slightly, to a compass point of reason, understanding, knowledge and even compassion. What a blessing that would be and what an example to the rest of the country.

Isn’t this the message of the Golden Rule?

Carroll D. Simpkins


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