Columnist David Brooks states in his column that “ … the majority of workers are not seeing income gains commensurate with their productivity levels.” [“Capitalism for the masses,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. He also states that “ … Republicans need to declare a truce on the social safety net.” So far, so good. However, then…More
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Reducing inequality is in everyone’s interest
David Brooks’ column “The inequality problem and its roots” [Opinion, Jan. 18] got it wrong.
First, his focus on the top 5 percent and the “bottom end” misses the middle class. Second, although he is correct that the causes of inequality are complex, he is wrong to suggest that there are “two different constellations of problems” that are not related.More
It is not a happy new year for more than a million people who start 2014 with the loss of their unemployment benefits [“Long-term jobless voice fears as unemployment checks end,” NWFriday, Jan. 3]. The program was created to help millions of U.S. citizens who lost their jobs in a recession. In most…More
Why is begging legal and selling is not?
I think the mistletoe debate is very thought-provoking [“Oregon girl gets top row of braces after mistletoe snag hits the news,” NWWednesday, Dec. 4].
It presents an issue of morals versus extremely finite legal issues: a question that is truly hard to answer.
It is clear from a moral perspective that she should be able to be able to receive medical treatment. But should she be able to harmlessly bend the rules? The article would suggest yes by implying that the guard is in the wrong here by denying her the chance for dental care.
Our economy depends on Boeing Editor, The Times: I’m concerned about your obviously favorable opinion of the contract that Boeing has offered to the union [“Union leader: Boeing offer ‘a piece of crap,’ page one, Nov. 8]. I think we are all well aware of the impact that Boeing’s leaving would do to our economy. But I…More
American workers lead to a bright American future All of the conservative, Republican, tea party people feel that poor people, who might need some help getting their lives together, just want to bury their snouts in the trough of free benefits forever. I don’t believe that for a moment. Yes, there are times when people, through no…More
2008 recession continues to affect those who had nothing to do with it There is a lot of pressure for the state Supreme Court to overrule lower court rulings on state employee pensions [“Supreme Court: rule against pension lawsuits, Opinion, Oct. 24]. A recent editorial pressures the court to rule against state employees because the state needs…More
Use money to save lives, not fund wars In the recent past, there was U.S. consideration of military action in Syria. We all know that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost us about $1 trillion, with more yet to be spent. One alternative to spending trillions on the military is to spend a tiny…More
Who has the courage to step up? There is a way to resolve the current impasse in Congress. One member of Congress needs to have the courage to introduce a bill that would cut off congressional paychecks until an agreement is reached, which pulls our country away from the latest financial abyss. [“What the fight over…More
Causes are well known Republican House Speaker John Boehner wants to know the cause of the requirement for a debt-ceiling increase. The causes are well known: outsourcing of American jobs and manufacturing, accumulation of wealth with the top 1 percent, tax cuts for the wealthy so that the wealth at the top is not fairly taxed,…More