Our country's decline should be addressed

An assault on the unions is an assault on the earning power of the middle class. As union representation has declined since the early 1980s, so has the earning power of working Americans. The migration of wealth from the middle class to the upper class started with the Reagan administration, as did the transition of America from the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation. (Dick Cheney: "Reagan proved deficits don't matter.")

Moderate economic policies are what most of us believe in, but conservative economic policies have gained the upper hand through financial influence in the back rooms of Washington. This has been to the detriment of American society.

Ask yourself the following: How has the elimination of the graduated income tax during the Reagan administration benefited the majority of Americans? This tax policy served our country well right through World War II until its demise. Yes, it was a redistribution of wealth, it was necessary and it worked.

How have conservative economic policies benefited the working class?

How do you account for the decline of the middle class since the advent of modern conservative economic policies starting with the Reagan administration?

How can America experience an economic recovery if the middle class does not have the financial ability to create a higher demand for consumer goods and services?

Which political faction has framed the economic debate in this country as being that of conservative vs. liberal when the vast majority of us can be rightfully defined as moderate? Why?

These are just a few of the valid questions we need honestly addressed in order to understand how our country has declined over the last three decades.

Kenneth A. Empey

Richfield Springs

Money could've been spent elsewhere

It's me, the rocket scientist, or to keep it a little bit simpler, the pyrotechnic expert. I hope that my satirical revelations are (enjoyed in your life).

As a former Marine, I should probably put this more down to earth, so listen up you nambly pambly jack wagons!

My friend at River Valley, a New Holland dealer in Otego, hit it right on the head: extremely stupid people are sometimes stopped by Oneonta police. I think that Chief Joe Redmond ran a tight ship, and after the mishap a few years ago or last year, ran a tighter ship.

In the Marine Corps we have a saying: "It's always the 10 percent that screw it up for the rest of us."

Let me do the math: $20,000 for "Life Enjoyed" and $40,000 for investigators to find out what this jack wagon did.

Let's go with the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) _ he ran, he reached into his pocket, he shut off his brain _ and that kind of reminds me of the Common Council.

I wish we had that kind of money in Laurens; we could beautify Laurens, Hey, Life Enjoyed.

Wyatt Greenleaf

Laurens

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