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Dec. 3, 2010: Our readers write

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No leader required
In the Nov. 28 paper, Kathleen Parker wrote an article on your Opinion page that I found rather laughable. She reported on the arrival of a Centrist political movement, as though that would be a path toward what moderates would want.
Kathleen Parker then ended her article saying, “All that’s missing from a Centrist movement is a leader.”
The Tea Party had the greatest effect on our recent election, yet no leader was required. That was because it as a genuine groundswell from the bottom, regular folk of different political persuasions but determined to vote for representatives that would insist on three basic principles: smaller government, fiscal responsibility and adherence to the U.S. Constitution. Hardly extreme.
Anyone who calls Tea Parties extreme therefore would be against the three aforementioned principles. But that is all that the Tea Parties want.
Obamacare, the takeover of General Motors, and the control of banks and insurance companies are actions that fly in the face of our Constitution. The printing of money by the Fed, which reduces the value of the dollar, is taxation without a vote. Those were all actions we could not afford.
As a member of the Tea Party, I certainly don’t see myself as an extremist. I simply wish to live by the Constitution of this wonderful country. Members like me don’t need a leader. We meet, we discuss and we share our points of view, arriving at a consensus that directs our actions.
We are the true Centrists that include Republicans, Democrats and independents.
Hans Marsen
Elizabethtown

Why not Congress?
After reading the article in The News-Enterprise regarding proposing a two-year freeze on federal workers to reduce the federal deficit, I have some questions and concerns about this. This proposal seems to be suggested and agreeable to both political parties in the U.S. Congress. If this is true shouldn’t Congress also be subject to this wage freeze? If not, why not, if they truly are in earnest and wish to reduce the deficit? Congress should lead the way and negate any wage or COLA increase for them in the next two years.
The elderly also have been subjected to the government’s cost cutting. The U.S. government already placed a freeze on the federal and social security retirees COLA increase which started at the beginning of this year.
Then there have been suggestions that congress wants to maintain the tax cuts given during the previous several years. How can this reduce the deficit? Doesn’t make much sense. Shouldn’t all of us be patriotic and share in this burden to cut the deficit? Increased tax revenue could help to bring down the deficit.
Didn’t our Congress express concerns about the economy? If these millions of workers and retirees have reduced incomes, there is also the question of the effect on the economy. It also follows that with less income they won’t be buying extra items as much. Won’t our economy suffer more? It’s time to ask your congressmen about some of these concerns.
Jack Herrmann
Elizabethtown