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Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters arrow LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FOR JUNE 28 - JULY 3, 2004


Economy is booming

To the Editor:

Sen. Kerry seems to be down to only one subject to talk about, the economy.

Now that seems strange to me. The economy is booming, the fastest growth in the last two years that it has known in the last 20 years, according to some of the experts in this field, and that is exactly what the president said the tax cuts would do: 1,400,000 new jobs since last August.

The economy is growing so rapidly that the Federal Reserve is already talking about raising interest rates to slow it somewhat.

I am an investor but on such a small scale that no one would miss the small amount of money I have invested. But not so with the wealthy, the ones that Sen. Kerry wants to repeal the tax cut advantage for. Take away the tax cuts of the wealthy and they have less reason to invest heavily. But with their tax advantage they invest because they can keep more of the money they earn and consequently they invest even more.

And guess what, when they do, the economy grows.

One more thing: if I were a taxpayer in Massachusetts, I would fire Kerry. Of the last 117 votes in the Senate, he has been absent for 108 of them.

Roy Hills

Island City

Don't blame Reagan

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor referred to President Reagan as being responsible for "the dumbing down of the presidency.''

Let us look at the record.

What Reagan inherited:

1. A nation low on morale — suffering from "malaise,'' in Jimmy Carter's words.

2. The economy was stalled.

3. Gas prices were high.

4. We had interest rates of 21 percent choking commerce to a standstill.

5. The Iranians were holding some of our people hostage.

6. The Soviets were still rattling their sabers and exporting their brand of communism.

Reagan began by cutting taxes, causing the Democrats to go into their typical mode of "tax cuts for the rich, etc.''

The Democrats, with the usual help of the "unbiased press,'' put forth the impression that the tax cuts were causing an increase in the national debt. Sound familiar?

Actually, the Treasury took in $1.3475 trillion more in the 1982-1989 period with the tax cuts in place than it was projected to take in without a tax cut. The extra spending on military under Reagan was $764 billion, leaving a balance of $538.5 billion for discretionary spending by the Democratically-controlled Congress and Senate. And boy did they ever spend it!

This was the "Reagan deficit'' that the press sold, and continues to sell, to the gullible who apparently still blame him for the "lack of discretion'' in spending shown by those "intelligent Democrats.''

An example of said discretionary spending is that the grand champion of pork, Sen. Robert Byrd, while pointing the finger at Reagan for an increase in the national debt, siphoned off enough funds to have another chunk of West Virginia named for him.

So, be honest, ask yourself, was it Reagan that raised the national debt to unprecedented levels as has been claimed by some? Reagan proposed reasonable budgets that were shot down as soon as they came in front of the Democratic House and Senate.

Gary Poole


Pleased with hospital

To the Editor:

We so often accept a kindness and never express our thanks. Twice in two years I have been in Grande Ronde Hospital, the last time for 22 days. This city should rejoice to have such a medical facility located here.

The food preparation and the consideration and kindness of the food service department would make any restaurant proud.

The lab technicians are all well above average and accomplished their jobs with quiet expertise.

The nursing staff has a job with no end, yet they always had time for an extra effort and a pleasant word, not to mention the cold diet soda they always found for me. Their skill and professionalism is legion.

Mike Mahoney is a champion among champions.

The rehab therapy folks have a job that is not unlike walking a tight rope in the wind, and yet they follow the doctors' orders to the letter. Their knowledge and experience allow them to introduce and suggest new methods and procedures to encourage the healing process. I am very grateful.

The best way to measure success in all of this is the fact I still have my leg — and that is no small measure.

Charles Morrison

La Grande

Praise for Anderson

To the Editor:

Three cheers for Peggy Anderson.

The woman had the courage to act on her convictions. The closing of the college pool left many unanswered questions as to the validity of the reasoning behind it.

One must also wonder if the directive to drain the pool immediately was from lack of knowledge or a desire to make the cost of reopening it prohibitive.

Gerry Tannehill

La Grande

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