Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 21, 2012

Letters to the editor - Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

For the Kokomo Tribune

Regulation stifles abuse by powerful

Do you think there are abuses by the powerful and wealthy? You bet.

Our Congress has been purchased, and laws guaranteeing the ultrawealthy huge profits for pretending to work are in place.

They dance their horses and sail their boats and call it work, written off on their hidden taxes or on some obscure island.

Meanwhile, you go to work and your boss says, “Do the job you are paid to do.”

OK, you do the best job you can. Your boss then says, “Give me 10 percent of your paycheck every week or I’ll fire you.”

If there were no laws against it, you’d be stuck paying part of your income to your boss. Best way to rein in your boss is to have limits/regulations preventing him from abusing you. (By the way, there are regulations. If your boss does this, turn him in.)

One side in the upcoming election seeks to strip regulations, leaving you with little protection and allowing the powerful to do it to you on the job, at the pump or any place else they choose.

Just as the police stand between you and the crooks, the government is the only thing that stands between you and the ultrawealthy crooks who will do and say anything to get your vote so they can rob you blind.

Do you feel abused at the gas pump? You should because that’s exactly what’s happening. Laws are now in place to limit the abuse at the pump, but the ultrawealthy bankers/speculators are suing to prevent implementation.

Bet you thought once a law was passed by Congress and signed by the president, it became law. It does, but the ultrawealthy can sue to stop implementation through our court system.

The result of regulations held up in the courts: higher and higher gas prices driven up by big banks and speculators that will stop at nothing to prevent the new regulations from going into effect. Billions of dollars are at stake, and it’s coming out of your pocket.

Democrats have passed regulations to stop abuses by oil speculators, big bankers and health insurance companies. All we need to do is make sure that the Democrats who support regulation/protection are put in a position to make democracy work for us, not just the wealthy.

It’s our country too.

Larry Brooks


Georgia prep coach needs another job

If you have students in the local public school, do you want them taken to a local mosque by the government to listen to the Quran? I am guessing, probably not.

You would probably be angry if some coach, because of his Islamic religious beliefs thought it was OK to do that. But if it is a Christian coach, that is fine?

A football coach in Georgia thinks that is perfectly fine and, unfortunately, many Americans agree with him. This coach has the players taken to local churches, where they are sermonized by local pastors.

Eating a meal doesn’t take away from the fact that this government official – which he is, as long as he remains a public school football coach – is using his position of authority to sermonize players to become even more religious in their beliefs.

This coach has even stated that this program is of “meeting the needs of the churches.” Not the students, per se, but the churches. How many government employees think they work for church outreach programs?

This coach has also pressured players to attend religious football camps. Would we be fine with this if these were Muslim football camps? This coach should either apply to a private religious school or respect the rights of his players not to have their coach abuse his position of authority in order to convert them to his beliefs.

There simply is no right to be a government official in order to convert those you are in charge of, no matter how politically powerful that religion might be.

Colleen Kronquist