July 11, 2012: Our readers write

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Harry M. Braxton Jr., Debbie Bayles

Wisdom today influences tomorrow

A tattoo, piercing, choice of clothes or the color of dye in our hair may make the difference in our career potential. If they are genuine expression of something you believe in, fine. Potential employers may or may not like it for whatever reason. It’s up to us to decide if certain expressions of our individuality are worth the possibility of job application rejection and be adult enough to deal with whatever comes. “Occupiers” need to understand that.

Going home to the Washington, D.C., area is always a challenge. Some friends have done well while others still are into the same stupidity from almost 40 years ago. I had close relationships with some folks when I was a child and did childish things with them but worked hard to put certain things behind me. Imagine someone smoking “reefer” right in front of me when he found out I was a deputy sheriff in Kentucky. 

I quickly walked away and he got very angry and talked about the drinking I used to do. Because of what I’ve chosen to do with my life, I can’t be around someone whom I grew up with; and was fond of, because of deliberate disrespect for me. Would he deliberately leave controlled substances in my car and then call the police just to bring me down to his level? Maybe. A real friend will celebrate your progress and prosperity.

The Homeland Security Act allows me, as a police officer, to carry a firearm either on or about my person at all times in all 50 states. I take advantage of that daily. A special trust has been granted to me. However, I use enough wisdom to avoid questionable places where I don’t need to be. There’s nothing that I need to prove if I’m not there.

The wisdom we use in dealing with people, places and things today influences our future. 

Harry M. Braxton Jr.



Romney can get America on track

Former Clinton advisors James Carville, Stanley Greenberg and Doug Schoen have been warning the Obama camp that the facts are the facts, the numbers are the numbers. A good majority of Americans know that, but the president and his inner circle seem to think if they say things are good long enough those who have lost their job in this economy and/or can’t find work will believe the words over their own experience. 

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real GDP has expanded only 6.7 percent over the eleven-quarter recovery since the recession ended. The Reagan recovery at the same stage had increased by 17.6 percent and the Clinton recovery by 8.7 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of private-sector jobs has grown by only 4.1 percent since the cyclical low point of Obama’s responsibility of the economy but Reagan’s record was 10.7 percent. 

CNN’s Larry Kudlow asks, “Whatever happened to the great boom of the ‘80s and ‘90s, when the animal spirits were strong and the American economy wasn’t held hostage by Europe or China.”  During previously, recent administrations the economy increased 3.3 percent annually. 

Unemployment dropped from 11 percent to 6 percent to 5 percent to below 4 percent.  As much as those on the left hate to admit it that type of growth in America occurred during years where central planning big government was controlled for a time. 

We can have that America back again. Mitt Romney wants to expand energy resources, approve the Keystone pipeline, cut taxes (for everybody), and increase trade with Latin America. He will cut federal spending and eliminate programs. And many programs need to be eliminated. 

Vote for Mitt Romney to move our country forward or vote for Barack Obama to continue our financial decline. 

Debbie Bayles