2010.02.10 Leon Shulters: This and that

Written by David Green.

Problems in the United States of America. The mess the United States is in today, did not just start. In the early 90s I wrote about increasing medical costs. Workers were giving up pay and health benefits to hold their jobs. Our big three automobile manufacturing companies have been using foreign made parts for years. When you say, “Buy American,” forget it. More foreign made parts are shipped in and more jobs are lost.

If you will notice, our politicians do not care about the working class people of the United States. They worry about the next election. Both parties are guilty, Republican and Democrat. I, for one, voted for a third party in the 2008 election. The Democratic and Republican parties have let the American people down.

Today’s recession will be harder to resolve. In the 80s we had lower medical costs, lower gas prices and we still had a lot of manufacturing jobs in this country. Gone are a lot of jobs and high cost of living are here.

The NAFTA bill was started in the George Herbert Walker Bush administration, a Republican. Bill Clinton, a Democratic president, signed it into law.

As for freedom, we are losing it every day with trumped up laws. In Toledo, Ohio, if you park on the lawn you get a ticket. The air bag and seat belt law—they can save or kill you. It’s the law, so use them or get a ticket. I have smoked since I was 12 years old. I smoked when I was in the Navy in WWII fighting for our grand old United States of America. I am 85 years old today, I still smoke and enjoy it. I didn’t hear anybody cry socialism when the government made it a law that TV was going digital. It is the law.

Both parties, Democratic and Republican, pushed the law through. It is outrageous the cost to the American people the medical profession charges.

The United States is going bankrupt by corruption and high costs, overpaid celebrities, C.O.s, politicians, medical professionals and the advertisement agencies.

– Hal Shulters

Lyons, Ohio

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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