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Category: Congress
December 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Congress pensions: Why should members of Congress be rewarded?

Have we ever heard of Congress’ members planning to reduce spending by starting with their own pensions? [“Lucrative pensions for Congress draw criticism,” Politics, Nov. 29]. The majority of Congress is comprised of wealthy upper-class individuals, even millionaires. For years members have been reaping the monetary benefits, and when retirement rolls along, many have…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Anna Kozubczyk, Congress, Pensions

July 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Primary election: U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is not a moderate

In The Times’ editorial endorsing U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert for re-election, some of the statements lacked support [“Re-elect Reichert, but with a message, Opinion, July 16]. While Reichert has been hailed as a moderate who represents a purple district, he has joined extremist factions in his party on multiple crucial votes. He has supported…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: 2014 primary, Congress, Olivia Engle

April 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Congress: We need to do a better job of self-governance

Syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters is angry with Congress, and she should be [“From Oso mudslide to climate change, our leaders have failed us,” Opinion, April 4]. We have every right to expect our government to act responsibly and look out for our welfare. But the most important point she made was buried at the…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Ann McFeatters, climate change, Emilia Jones

December 15, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Federal government has sunk to new lows

It has shunned the jobless and protected corporations

So, let’s give Congress a pass because we avoided budget gridlock and another debacle over the debt ceiling? And, as you infer, the consequences at the polls would be avoided [“A federal budget deal, and no drama,” Opinion, Dec. 12].

We have sunk to new lows. I hope and trust the American people will figure out why this is happening, who is responsible and vote them out of office. Spoiler alert: that would be the radical element of the Republican (or tea) Party.

They have taken food from the needy, cost us billions, ignored immigrants, shunned the jobless and those just trying to survive. All while protecting the corporations, the military-industrial complex and the wealthy at the expense of education and training, infrastructure and the other investments needed to rebuild a civil society and reverse our current historic inequality.


Comments | More in Congress, Economy | Topics: Congress, Debt ceiling

November 21, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Postal Service financial problems lie in the political realm

The U.S. Postal Service  lost $5 billion over the past year, and postal officials urged Congress to pass legislation to help the beleaguered agency solve its financial woes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion over the past year, and postal officials urged Congress to pass legislation to help the beleaguered agency solve its financial woes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Congress needs to end this financial crisis

The Times is rightly concerned about “scant review” by the Postal Regulatory Commission [“Deliver scrutiny of the UPS-Amazon deal,” Opinion, Nov. 16].

The PRC seems reluctant to turn down any move by postal management to make deep-discount deals with big mailers, or to curb proposed reductions in service that would slow the mail and harm local newspapers and others who rely on timely mail delivery.


Comments | More in Congress, Postal Service | Topics: Congress, Postal Service

October 13, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Republicans and Democrats: We’re all losing

Term limits should be enacted for members of congress While the Republicans and Democrats argue, we’re all losing. Valuable services are being denied and now we’re facing default. Government is too big. What is the alternative? We can’t completely close shop and start over. The answer is to fire the employees. If the people working for me…


Comments | More in Congress, Government shutdown | Topics: Congress, government shutdown

September 9, 2013 at 6:53 AM

The Marketplace Fairness Act

Support local businesses Americans are more frustrated than ever with inaction in Congress during these uncertain economic times. But I’d like to give credit to Rep. Adam Smith and thank him for supporting the bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act that is being discussed in Congress. This overdue legislation is aimed at protecting local jobs and restoring rights back…


Comments | More in Business, Congress, Economy, Politics | Topics: local business, Marketplace Fairness Act, online retailers

September 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Obama is embarrassing us President Barack Obama gestures during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm, Sweden. [AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais] President Obama went to a synagogue in Sweden, and said that his plans to retaliate against the Syrian government are motivated by the…


Comments | More in Congress, Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, chemical weapons

March 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Seven Marines killed during warfare training

Sen. Harry Reid’s response inappropriate Have we become so calloused that when tragic events occur, nothing seems to faze us? Where is the outrage over the insensitive, outlandish remarks by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid? Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid had the gall to link the deaths of seven United States Marines [“U.S. bans mortar rounds…


Comments | More in Congress, Economy, military, Politics | Topics: Harry Reid, Sequester

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