This month we are celebrating two wonderful holidays, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. This month we are celebrating our brave men and women past and present who have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our wonderful country. I am so proud of our brave men and women in uniform fighting for our country this holiday season. I am also grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving this month. I am so grateful for my wonderful country, family and friends. Let us each be very grateful for our service men and women and get to be with our families this holiday season.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the GOP tax plan is not for the average citizen. Most of the provisions that might help the middle class are not permanent but have expiration dates while the provisions like eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax are permanent and mainly benefit only the very wealthy. Lowering corporate tax rates, while needed to be globally competitive, and eliminating estate taxes (again benefiting only the very wealthy) will be permanent. They claim lowering taxes will so stimulate the economy that increased tax revenue will offset the tax cuts, citing the Reagan tax cuts as an example. They fail to mention that, while Reagan did cut taxes, the deficit almost tripled on his watch. By comparison, it “only” doubled under Obama. To estimate future revenue growth, they use “dynamic scoring,” which is a euphemism for pie in the sky. In what is getting to be normal these days, this is another case of “Let’s get this passed so we can see what’s in it” as was Obamacare.
Pros and cons
Rather than spend money on a polling company, I think that Dan Zorn and Longview Public Schools should’ve added a “pro” comment to the Voter’s Pamphlet. The bond issue failed by just 2 percent. The district was reminded twice of the deadline to submit a pro comment, but obviously ignored such. I would be curious as to why. Now, Mr. Zorn endorses spending district funds on hiring a polling firm. Is this the leadership Longview Schools needs and deserves?
I live a couple of blocks away from the proposed ammonia plant, and I am concerned about my future. I wonder what the new plant will provide to its neighbors in the way of safety. And what will happen to my property value? If the plant can guarantee safety of my health and of my property, I’m all for it. Otherwise not so much — accidents do happen.
Value of a life
So often we deal with the loss of a person’s life in different ways. We may laugh at the good memories, or cry at those that might have been. But, there’s no world we live in, or ought want to live in, that we diminish the inherent value of human life. We should all be shocked an appalled at any response to death that doesn’t acknowledge what that means for the lost and those who lost them. And while we’re here, on this pale blue dot, let us not be cruel and unkind. That we live in harmony and peace, that we may do so while showing love is all that matters. That’s it. To do good and lessen that which is not. When we fail to acknowledge what matters, which is love, we then spit in the eyes of humanity. When the value of life is disregarded, that violates the sanctity and the meaning behind all who have ever come and ever will come. The young that die in tragedy deserve more than this.