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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 1:00 am


Banks' spin ignores inconvenient facts

It's interesting how Rep. Jim Banks indicated in a recent town hall meeting that the government shutdown is not on Donald Trump. It seems not too long ago on television that our president pointedly said he would take responsibility for the shutdown and, secondly, he would not place the blame on Democratic lawmakers.

Third, what happened to an earlier bill, designed by both Republicans and Democrats and endorsed by our president? It seems he capitulated to both Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh by withdrawing his support of the measure after their criticism of his position.

And finally, there would be no discourse on securing the border by a wall if Trump would simply fulfill his promise that Mexico would pay for it. Problem solved!

I call on Congressman Banks to represent and share with us in a fair and balanced manner.

Richard N. Avdul

Fort Wayne

Debt more pressing than politicians' promises

I can hear the drumbeat of the Democratic Party's inexorable march to the left. Candidates are lining up to promise “free” stuff in exchange for your vote. 

Let's take all the wealth of every U.S. billionaire and divide that up. Their total wealth is about $2.7 trillion. Each of us would get a check for about $8,300. Not enough to pay off the average student loan, but maybe enough for one semester at a run-of-the-mill college, and way short of the money needed for Medicare for all, or a guaranteed job.

I propose, instead of promising “free” stuff, let's stop spending money we don't have. Stop borrowing money and stop printing additional money, which only reduces the value of the money we've already worked for. Then let's balance the budget. After that's done, start paying off the national debt. The last time it was zero was 1835, so it's something to shoot for.

Let's look at some facts. If you started spending $1,000 a day, it would take you about 2.7 years to spend $1 million. But if you started spending $1,000 a day the day Christ was born, you'd still have more than 700 years to go to spend $1 billion. Such is the nature of the difference between 1 million and 1 billion.

Instead of promises of “free” stuff that can't be kept without a collapse of the whole system, let's take a novel approach and pay off the national debt first. That debt is more than $22 trillion. Instead of paying it off, like in our examples above, at the rate of $1,000 per day, let's pay it off at the rate of $1 million per day. That would take about 22 million days, which is more than 60,000 years.

When that's done, come and talk to me about the “free” stuff.

James M. Wright II

Fort Wayne

Neither cold nor snow keeps carrier inside

This latest stretch of extreme weather finally got us to do something we have wanted to do for a long time: Publicly thank our amazing newspaper carrier, Ken Williams.

Without fail, our newspaper arrives on the doorstep on time. He has been doing this for many years – day in, day out.

We especially realized how extraordinary this is when a couple of years ago, he fell and had to have surgery. Our neighborhoods were without him for a while. We never knew whether we would get a paper, let alone where we would find it or when it would come.

It is easy to take this service for granted, but we want to say that we notice Ken and we thank him so much for all the effort he puts into his job. It is appreciated.


Fort Wayne