Don’t skip life’s practical lessons

Ten years from now, when your granddaughter calls and says she can’t afford to get her water heater replaced because it is going to cost $2,000, what is your answer going to be?

If Grandpa answers that day, he might give her a lesson in reality.

The word “discipline” does not exist in the present American English language. You never expected your kids to get out and mow the grass, clean the garage or basement and never asked them to work up a sweat, except for sports activities. You bought them the latest and greatest electronic babysitting devices and probably did that on credit. You have conveyed to them all their life that they need to get a bachelor’s degree or higher and become some kind of computer engineer.

So the result is we end up with the present situation, a generation of degree holders, deep in college debt and looking for a job to match the degree and justify the debt.

When Grandpa was in grade school and talking to other boys, some talked about being a fireman, policeman, mechanic and even a few being a soldier. In Frankfort, they are having discussions about combining the licensed crafts together, because of such a shortage of skilled trades license applicants. If they have to do that, what will corporations have to pay a licensed employee that is a composite plumber, electrician, heating and air tech?

Although politicians and CEOs are rejoicing that Kentucky now is a right-to-work state, unions patiently are refocusing on apprenticeship recruitment. Instead of earning prevailing wage on dangerous construction sites, they can plan on changing out that water heater as a licensed employee of a corporation.

So before Grandpa hangs up the phone, he suggests that she take that 10-year-old great-grandson out to the garage and show him some tools, a set of screwdrivers, the push mower and weed trimmer. Afterward, she can open the car’s trunk and show him the spare tire and jack assembly. Then she can raise the hood and show him what jumper cables are for and how to check fluid levels.

Who knows, she might discuss that plumbers, electricians, heating and air techs, mechanics and industrial maintenance men start out at $50,000.

David McCullum

Elizabethtown

Taking issue with president’s claims

President Donald Trump claimed that everybody’s going to benefit under the 2018 Republican tax cut plan which is for the middle class and not a tax cut for the wealthy. The president is wrong to say everybody would benefit.

The plan cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. For the high individual erners — 90 percent of the top 1 percent, those earning about $900,000 and more — would get a tax cut, averaging $234,050.

So who benefits? Some middle class will see higher taxes, but others would see a tax cut, according to an analysis of the change by the Tax Policy Center.

Who won? Everyday Americans or the super rich? It clearly shows not everybody benefits as the president said.

Here’s how the Tax Policy Center explains the effects: For 2018 taxes, about 12 percent of taxpayers would face a tax increase of roughly $1,800 on average. More than a third of taxpayers making between about $150,000 and $300,000 pay more, because of losses of most itemized deductions.

Regarding Trump’s ego booster border will, Mexico pays, ha, ha.

Illegal immigration into the United States is profitable for U.S. employeers of these immigrants who enter this county to work illegally for them. They come as poverty-stricken immigrants, who are desperate to house and feed their families and enticed by these illegal jobs.

Ten million illegal immigrants live in the U.S., according to estimates by government agencies, but some claim as high as 20 million. They come across the border from Mexico, Central and South America — roughly 50 percent are Mexican.

States with large illegal populations, in descending order, are California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Florida and Arizona.

The U.S. Border Patrol is charged with preventing illegal immigration across U.S. borders.

Instead of building a wall to isolate our country from Mexico, why not increase the number of border patrol agents by 5,000? This surely would increase border security and provide many Americans with good paying jobs.

Jack Herrmann

Elizabethtown

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