Letters at Length

To fix the economy, stop funding the wars

I was thinking the other day about the economy and the problems people are having that are in direct relation to it.

We all know that unemployment is high, tensions are mounting at a fast rate overseas, and the deregulation imposed by banking institutions in the late 1990s has led to today's ills.

So the question arises, what do we do about it? It's not going to be easy, but if we start now, we can tear into this problem like effective firefighters who attack it right at the heart.

To begin with, the United States cannot afford all of the expenses involved in putting soldiers in harm's way overseas where they have nothing to gain. It is causing our nation to go broke.

There seem to be no politicians who will rescue us from this obvious problem. I guess they feel that if they print more money, they can continue to break us, and help corporations that stand to gain from war.

Why don't we get out of the war and help our people have a chance to live a better lifestyle? I think it's because the government doesn't want to do that. They just want to find a puppet they can put on a podium and deceive you.

In regard to banking institutions, they are out for themselves only. Interest payments on savings accounts in 1979 were 110 times more than they are now (as low as an insulting .01 in many cases). They won't pay you to save!

Come on people, wake up and see the sickness. The federal government does not want to help you. They just want programs that don't work, but the rich stand to gain. Do yourselves a favor and look into it.

Michael G. Smith


Ashland police officersshould be more lenient

DUI traffic infractions tip the crime rate above what would be expected for a town of Ashland's size. DUI and DUII lend an excuse to law enforcement officials to take money for themselves from everyday private citizens regardless of their political donations or volunteer status.

The streets are not safe because of law enforcement officials. They are not protecting the peace, but are protecting their paychecks.

How many people get traffic violations in their time of need and personal insecurity? I demand a more lenient attitude from our law enforcement officials.

My half-brother committed suicide four years ago in Oregon because of his inability to pay for his car and his health needs. His car cost more than his health care because of an inflated insurance bill after traffic infraction costs.

Warnings are necessary; arrests and prosecutions, I argue, are more often lawful robbery, which weaken otherwise good citizens. When a citizen loses more than they can pay for, then we lose them.

I donate money to charity and political groups. For the courts to back the law enforcement and take over $1,000, my license and at least three months of my time on good behavior crippled me economically and socially this year. Charities lost support, my family lost and I blew .09 — .01 over the legal limit.

Judges prosecute for less when the legal limit is set and they are allowing prosecution for .02 and up. Our courts are stealing from us in desperation without leaving any room for corrective warning. It is obvious that this is about money, not concern for the individuals who like myself are paying with loan money.

Shaina Okalani


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