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March 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM

The global economic crisis

A search for balance

No matter which science you study, there is one immutable principle that always applies. No exceptions. No variations. There must always be balance. Predators and prey. Provisions and consumers. Solids, liquids, gases.

If they don’t balance, the system collapses. Sometimes it happens rapidly and sometimes it takes a while, but inevitably it collapses.

That’s what has happened to our economy. For too long, we have allowed those who want to accumulate greater and greater imbalances in the world’s resources for their own enrichment to design our economic systems, until finally they have amassed such a huge stockpile of wealth that there is insufficient to provide purchasing power to the rest of us to buy the widgets they are peddling and — oh yes — food, shelter and medicine.

It’s time the purge our culture of the religion of uncontrolled greed as the earthly vessel of liberty and justice for all. It’s the law of the jungle codified into oligarchy, and it’s killing us. Literally.

People are dying every day to facilitate wealth and it’s time we reined it in if we dare to claim to be civilized.

— Harold R. Pettus, Everett

Brighten your outlook

In response to David Brooks’ column Saturday, about “global ruin” [“U.S. looks for dust bunnies while world’s economy tanks,” Opinion, March 21], all I can say is, we need a new outlook.

Concerning the economic mess that we are in, if dust bunnies are where we start, then lets keep our heads up for having a start. A messy room does not get cleaned by shaking your fist and pointing. You have to start in one small corner. Tackling one thing creates accomplishment and motivation, so it goes for world economics.

Despite Brooks’ overwhelming information about job-loss projections, how central European countries are teetering, not to mention, how our pessimists have been recently vindicated by events — or is it that they collectively manifested them? — floundering in negativity and despair makes me want to jump off a cliff.

Have a little hope, David. Your opinions are not helping anything.

— Anna Welsch, Indianola

Politics and greed

What the discourses between the White House and Congress has recently taught me.

Principles for a good politician in a narcistic society:

— Cater only to your political reality, or the impressions of the world and you of your voting constituency.

— Take every opportunity to patronize your voting constituency.

— It is better to fail at a political reality initiative, than to succeed with a real one.

— Always speak implicitly to ensure maximum plausible deniability.

— And if you are caught in a lie . . . deny, deny, deny.

— Dale J. Sprague, Seattle

We all have to sacrifice

While the AIG executives are having a pity party over the outrage surrounding their bonuses, one daughter is having to short-sale her house due to impossible mortgage payments and a 75-percent drop in value.

My other daughter has lost grant money to research the sources of chemical damage to our waterways that impacts the sea life and will likely lose her job due to lack of funding.

Our department will not get raises (despite outstanding work this last year) so we can keep our costs down for our patient population and maintain safe staffing levels.

I am sure that one of the AIG bonuses could solve a lot of problems for the rest of us. If they won’t stay without the bonuses, then let them go. Life is not always fair and it is certainly not just in these economic times.

— Kathy Kimball, Seattle

Politics or solving a real problem

Is it just me or is our two-party system of government on the verge of hindering the process of protecting our country’s purpose.

What I have been witnessing is a constant search by each party to discredit its rival’s process to govern the citizens of the United States. There never seems to be a common purpose.

I feel each political party has hired groups of people seeking its rival’s verbal missteps and actions that would infuriate the gullible citizen, intolerant media and special-interest groups into casting shadows on its rival’s actions.

I’m sorry, but I have bigger things to worry about than what the president may have said or who he has inadvertently mocked. If this is all there is to a two-party system of government we are going to fail as a country. I’m not impressed!

— Jim Morris, Renton

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