Press-Republican

September 19, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 19, 2012


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---- — Mold-Rite praised

TO THE EDITOR: Again Mold-Rite Plastics has gone above and beyond with their community support.

Mold-Rite held its annual Customer Appreciation Golf Outing on Aug. 9 at Bluff Point Golf Course. Each year, they have donated a portion of their proceeds to the Senior Citizens Council; however, this year all of their proceeds were given to us.

With our need to raise funds to replace a portion of our roof, they have tremendously helped our organization.

During these times of tight fiscal controls and budgets, this donation is especially meaningful.

The staff, board and senior citizens we serve would like to sincerely thank your company, sponsors and participants for your most generous contributions.

MARIA ALEXANDER

Executive director

ANGELA HAHN

Deputy director

 

Military spending

TO THE EDITOR:  It is way past time for Congress to cut U.S. spending on the military.

In 2012, U.S. military spending was almost 60 percent of the U.S. discretionary budget.

For the 2013 budget, unless Congress agrees on $1.3 trillion in new cuts over the next 10 years, the sequestration mandate automatically kicks in, cutting all discretionary spending — including Pentagon spending — by 10 percent.

For 2013, President Obama’s proposal is to cut military spending by just 0.7 percent, and Romney plans to increase Pentagon spending by 17 percent.

What do the American people want? A recent survey, “Consulting the American People on National Defense Spending” by the Program for Public

Consultation, the Stimpson Center and the Center for Public Integrity, shows that ordinary Americans want to cut the nation’s military budget by 18 percent.

Voters in districts with the most military spending were “no less willing” to cut spending than those in low military spending districts.

The American people, including ourselves, strongly believe that the United States should not add to outdated, wasteful military programs driven by lobbyists and war contractors.

PATRICIA WILLIS

THOMAS WILLIS

Rainbow Lake