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August 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM
Blue Angels can’t be replaced
While watching the Patriots Jet Team perform this weekend, I thought of the lyrics to a song by Sting: “You could say I’d lost my belief in our politicians. They all seemed like game show hosts to me.” [“Patriots paint the sky,” page one, Aug. 3.]
While the Patriots did a fine job, they are not the Blue Angels. It is sad that there are political games being played. The Blue Angels’ operating budget is tiny in comparison to entire Navy budget.
The Blue Angels have international recognition for their dedication and loyalty to America. Every member of the Blue Angels team is a representative of the fighting men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Watching them perform made me proud to be an American.
Alan Basile, Lynnwood
July 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM
Wage gap grows
Froma Harrop addressed the abuse of minimum-wage labor in this country and the use of the immigration bill in Congress to aid in its continuation. [“Column: A steady supply of cheap labor is nobody’s right,” Opinion, July 27.]
However, the problem extends well beyond the minimum-wage group. Boeing and Microsoft are leaders in trying to expand the visa program so they can import lower-wage skilled workers (computer folks) from foreign nations.
Congress recently increased the pilot-retirement age by five years, claiming there was about to be a shortage of pilots, while there were many pilots in layoff status.
I know of two youngsters who borrowed more than $100,000 to complete college-aviation programs, only to discover they could not pay off the loans if they were to enter the industry with our regional airlines paying less than $25,000 salaries.
Congress continues to pass laws that have the wages of most people falling behind inflation, while the top few percent continue with large salary increases. The wage gap continues to expand to the detriment of our country as the majority allows sideline issues to dominate.
Dan Shields, Auburn
April 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Will Boeing pay income tax?
It is great that Boeing got billions in tax breaks down in Carolina [“FAA, Boeing delegated much of the 787 testing,” page one, April 25]. The fact that it outsourced to France which then outsourced the battery work to Japan hasn’t affected their stock prices and caused its core operating profit to increase 5 percent. One can’t help but be pleased.
Best of all, I am thrilled that Boeing’s first-quarter profit jumped 20 percent. Does this mean that for the first time in a number of years it might pay some income tax?
Harriet Benjamin, Seattle
Boeing incident reminds us that government must take initiative
Getting the Boeing 787 back in the air is just a small bump in the road, just the beginning of a new interest in energy storage.
It is a reminder of the fact that progress requires upfront interest and assets. There is no free lunch, and there’s a need to have a government that looks for things to fix rather than waiting and paying for taking action after failures reach the stage of actually becoming a problem.
Hugh Coleman, Kelso
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