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Too many greedy corporations trying to co-opt government

Too many greedy corporations trying to co-opt government

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Too many greedy corporations trying to co-opt government

George Will writes in his Jan. 24 column, “Don’t even think of protesting this government outrage,” about one corporation using eminent domain to take another corporation’s building. The problem with Will is he stops there and doesn’t explore why.

A wise woman, Granny D, used to say, “If the government is acting stupid or crazy, follow the money.”

An even more egregious case involves government taking private farmlands (and arresting owners who resist) so a foreign oil company can run the filthy Tarsands [Keystone] XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Corporate-owned politicians (who should wear corporate logos on their jackets, the way NASCAR drivers do) are pushing [President] Obama for State Department approval.

Meanwhile, thousands of citizens are putting their bodies on the line this President’s Day Eve (Feb. 17) at the White House to demand that our president, who doesn’t need any more election bribes, do the right thing for we the people and future generations.

In New York, greedy petroleum corporations want Gov. Cuomo to allow them to frack and run pipelines (drill and spill) over and under our properties without our consent. Will Obama and [Gov.] Cuomo resist the corporate oil bullies or will we lose more of our republic to corporatocracy (as Republican President Lincoln warned 150 years ago)?

Let’s join with [author and environmentalist] Bill McKibben’s 350.org in holding their feet to the fire. Our children’s futures depend on it.

Peter Looker

Scotia

Government too big for taxpayers’ good

Big government is destroying the private sector with high taxes, fees, unfunded mandates and out-of-control regulations.

Private sector businesses are burdened with insurance costs, the Affordable Health Care Act, liability compensation and unemployment disability. Not to mention that you need a CPA [certified public accountant] to do taxes because no one can decipher them.

This government is like the old feudal system, where they have a kingdom and peasants who plant seeds, grow crops, raise livestock, weave cloth, etc. When it is time to reap their hard labor, the king comes along and takes away most of their hard labor.

It is time to sever the head of big government. Vote out free-spending politicians. Pay down the national debt. Simplify the tax codes.

We all need a form of government, but it is not this one.

George Lyman

Halfmoon

Keep social misfits from resorting to violence

After every horribly tragic event like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., we learn that the killer was a social misfit. He thought he was picked on, discriminated against, not accepted, unfairly treated, or in some way not appreciated for being basically the decent person he probably felt he was. Society became his enemy. OK. He’ll show ’em.

What if each of us tried, against our natural instincts, to be accepting and friendly to that unpopular guy we might know who seems like such a weirdo?

It would be a challenge to overcome our reactions, and we might be rebuffed, but [we should] keep trying. Consider it a kind of game. Could we have a conversation? Can I make this guy accept me? What’s the reward for your effort? Like any game, there is satisfaction in winning, and the greater the odds against, the more the satisfaction.

More importantly, if he believes I accept him, he knows the whole world is not his enemy, and you have offered a channel in which in which he can vent his feelings harmlessly.

John Edward Bigelow

Rexford

Lack of accountability makes a big difference

When [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the mess in Benghazi, she had a confrontation with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

When pressed on how the nation was misled by [U.N. Ambassador] Susan Rice about the attack, Clinton responded, and I paraphrase, that there were four people dead, what difference [“at this point”] does it make [“whether it was because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans?”] We need to take steps so it does not happen again.

Well, Mrs. Clinton, I bet every doctor who has been sued for malpractice would love to use your defense.

Forget accountability, let’s just make sure it doesn’t happen again. How about the asbestos manufacturers; they would still be in business and not have lost millions of dollars in litigation and court settlements had they used your defense: “What difference does it make?”

In fact, it does matter. There are two parts to how her department handled the situation in Benghazi under her watch — corrective actions and accountability. Seems like she only wants to look at one area, corrective action, and forget about accountability.

Patrick Shaffer

Rotterdam

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