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Editorials

January 6, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-6 | More emphasis on mental health problems

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— Real gifts come from family and friends

What gift have we to give this holiday season? What resolution did we make for the new year?

I’ve got news for everybody, it’s not in Fort Knox.

The gift comes from family and friends who sacrifice for one another and don’t ask for anything in return except their love, health and happiness. Within this realm is true wealth, riches and security.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Stephen Jendricks

Johnstown

Fiscal cliff bill doesn’t cure ills

After two years of doing nothing to deal with the exploding $16.5 trillion federal deficit, our Congress pulled a last-minute, all-night session to produce a 154-page bill (that few legislators read before they voted) that can only be characterized as a stupid stunt.

This bill produces $41 in federal spending for every $1 of tax revenue, an example of President Obama’s “balanced ap-proach.” There are no promises to cut spending, but the bill contains numerous tax credits and subsidies for NASCAR, green energy, appliance makers and the Hollywood film industry, just to name a few.

The Senate version of the bill set aside $60 billion for victims of Hurricane Sandy, but it was filled with pork and legislators’ pet projects.

This bill does not address the fiscal cliff, but add tens of billions of dollars to special-interest groups, which Obama clearly campaigned against.

Oh, by the way, one of our astute congressmen recently suggested that the federal mint make a gold trillion-dollar coin, to be held by our treasury, as a “rainy

day fund.” With what will we back this coin?

Wake up, America, for this sounds much like the Roman Empire ... just before its collapse.

Dr. J. Michael Moses

Central City

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