Jan. 6, 2012: Our readers write

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Sour mash — er, grapes
Just because someone attends city council meeting frequently does not make one an expert on the challenging issues in Radcliff. Of course we all have our opinions, but my opinion is the voters have spoken in the most recent vote that alcohol sales be expanded here in Radcliff and in Hardin County.
A conflict of interest is crying foul when there is no foul. Elected officials and private citizens (city council members are both), have every right to pursue business interests, even selling alcohol. The people elected the city council to represent the majority of the city’s interest not the sore losers’ opinion of economic stagnation. The liberal left wants to control even that which has been approved by the majority by throwing stones, and crying foul as a last ditch attempt at to incite conflict on an issue that is not an issue.
 Should we prevent all elected officials from owning businesses? Just because we can cry foul? Should we cry foul when we don’t agree with the way the people vote? Just for the sake of argument, should we protest any business a city council official owns or supports because we have had previous conflicts with that business or have religious values that are in conflict?  
The laws are on the books and the laws are being followed concerning alcohol sales. Yes, the state gives the cities the variables as far as operating hours and days, and the city council decides to expand or modify within the state guidelines. We have read the rules and the laws as The News-Enterprise and state officials have done a great job of informing those of us who took the time to educate ourselves.
The real issue here is sour grapes, plain and simple. If you really think there is a conflict of interest, then there should be a law prohibiting such activity for elected officials. One person’s gain is another person’s conflict. Let the people decide again and you will find we are moving forward in this county despite the naysayers.
David Galassini

Extremists not needed
Rick Santorum inaccurately targeted black welfare recipients with a racist rant. He said: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money … and provide for themselves and their families,” he said. “The best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling again.”
According to CBS, only 9 percent of black Iowans are on food stamps and 84 percent of food stamp recipients are white. Nationally, 39 percent of welfare recipients are white, 37 percent are black and 17 percent are Hispanic.
You need to be careful of these politicians that say they are Christians and all they do is lie and degrade people and try to stop regulatory government from preventing greed and recklessness, like Wall Street has done. Tea party and Republican pundits blame the president when clearly Wall Street and deregulation has ruined the economy and unity of America. Most politicians don’t have a clue how the poor and middle class live. They are so far from reality and ordinary life that their policies and actions will put you back in slavery.
I really don’t vote by party, but what is best for the people and the country. Extremists (tea party) are not good for our country. I can balance the economy in 15 minutes, stop paying Congress life-time salaries and medical and dental plans that are plush; make them earn their retirement by serving 16 to 20 years. Streamline their staff and budget only for necessary work-related business. Politicians lie, that is all they can do to try to gain your vote. The president cannot do anything without Congress, so if the candidate says he is going to do this and that, especially concerning a budget and appropriations, he is lying. He is a figure head and needs Congress to pass legislation.
Marcus Dixon