Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Water hike will drive away town residents

With the recent passage of another water rate increase will come more foreclosures and hardships for the residents of Bunker Hill. Our claim to fame in the past was already our outrageous utilities.

While I am not disputing the amount that is owed on this loan, I have to question the fuzzy math used at its inception. It would seem that a little foresight would have shown the payments were not sustainable with the small number of residents (and shrinking daily) paying this loan.

I have lived here 10 years and have reached a point in my life where I would like to downsize my home. While my home is very nice with many improvements, I will have difficulty selling it now due to the number of foreclosures here and the high water rates.

The answer to this is not to make a smaller number of folks pay more; it is to encourage new residents to our town. At the present we repel them.

Monty Artrip

Bunker Hill

60% of America isa taker, says Ryan

According to Paul Ryan, who in my view is a tea party Republican: “Right now about 60 percent of the American people get more benefits in dollar value from the federal government than they pay back in taxes.”

Putting this into context, Ryan insinuates more than half of all Americans are takers and that takers are bad and makers are good.

In order for 60 percent of us to be takers, it must include Americans on Social Security and Medicare. I don’t know how the rest of those on Social Security and Medicare feel, but I worked my entire life and paid into Social Security and no punk — Ryan — is going to come along and demean me for taking what’s mine.

What about Mr. Ryan, his salary, health care, retirement, office furniture, and even his bottled water? It’s all paid for by taxpayers. Now that’s big time taking.

To make matters worse, Ryan supports the privatization of Social Security and our Medicare system by some 1 percent of so-called makers. It would cost billions to transfer Social Security and Medicare to private ownership and who knows how much in ongoing administrative costs.

All of those billions would be taken from the Social Security fund, and ongoing costs passed onto Social Security recipients who would see a reduction in monthly benefits while the new owners would languish in their maximized profits and kick back political contributions to Mr. Ryan.

Ryan also supports selling our Medicare system, which would undergo the maximizing of profits and a reduction in benefits, leaving more of those in most need of health care out in the cold.

As for another view of why we shouldn’t follow Ryan’s simple plan, a direct rebuke by our president:

“For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm.”

I listen to what our elected representatives say and do and pay no credence to the bought and paid for talking heads, which so many seem to follow without question like sheep.

Larry Brooks


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