Let people pay own cost of their own birth control
I am a reasonable person and am sitting here this Sunday [July 6] morning scratching my head and trying to figure out what the heck is going on in this country.
First, I read the article in the Opinion Section of the paper suggesting that there is a compromise of church and state. And then I find out that it is the opinion of most that somehow I should be responsible for whether or not people have children.
Whatever happened to discipline and responsibility for your own actions? Why should tax dollars even be wasted on this subject?
I am 62 years old, a child of the '50s and '60s. I sit here in total amazement. I understand that sometimes it is medically necessary for women to require certain types of birth control for life-threatening illness.
But to just need it to suppress the possibility of getting pregnant from having carefree intercourse should be the responsibility of the parties involved. Why should I have to pay for your pleasure?
Ultimately the cost trickles down to the consumer, and I already pay an unreasonable amount for health insurance.
So, the answer is simple. If you have a medical issue that requires the use of these drugs, fine. But if not, pay your own way. We did.
Can't stand the whining.
Robert V. Pandori
Enforce speed limits to reduce CO2, taxes
I have a modest proposal to suggest that should appeal to both conservatives and liberals alike. It can reduce state and local taxes (a conservative's wish list) and reduce CO2 emissions (a liberal's wish list).
The average driver is frequently 10 mph or more over the posted speed limit. That means the car consumes 15 percent to 20 percent more gas than if they drove more slowly. Improving average auto mileage is an easy initial step to address global warming.
Since 95 percent of drivers exceed the speed limit, if an easy way to catch and fine the speeders was available, our local and state coffers could be filled with fines levied against the speeders.
This would be a non-progressive tax, and conservatives, while typically against any new taxes, at least embrace the concept of non-progressive taxes. Everyone is affected equally.
Digital imaging technology that can accurately record driver speed and license plate number is rapidly dropping in cost, and can be readily deployed and concealed anywhere along a highway. If you are as little as 1 mph over the posted limit, you get a ticket in the mail, with the fines increasing with each mph over the limit.
A small percentage of the population will learn its lesson after one infraction and won't contribute much to lowering taxes. But a sizable percent of the population, who are addicted to driving as fast as they can and tend not to learn a lesson, will contribute a large fraction of local and state taxes. It's a win-win for all of us.
After all, why have posted speed limits that no one obeys?
Employment stats don’t tell full story
On July 3, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report to rave reviews. The headline: "June Job growth robust." The stock market surged on the news, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching all-time record highs. The Gazette accurately reported a gain of 288,000 jobs from May to June of this year. What kind of jobs were these?
During the period from 2004 to 2013, part-time employment increased from May to June in five years and declined in five years. On average, part-time employment did increase, but only at a rate of 66,000 jobs from May to June over those 10 years.
We now see a jump of 799,000 in new part-time jobs, way above the 497,000 gain recorded in May-June 2007. For the 10 years ended in June 2013, we see that the average change in full-time jobs for the May-June period was plus-35,200 jobs per month.
The years 2004-2006 showed big gains, from 300,000 to almost 600,000 job gains per each May-June period. After that things, went south, with the exception of 2012.
The current 2014 May-June loss of 523,000 full-time jobs is by far the largest month-over-month full-time job loss reported in the May-June period since 2004. The next largest loss in the May-June period was in 2008 at 378,000 jobs.
The bottom line -- 799,000 part-time jobs created and 523,000 full-time jobs lost. This amounts to a net job creation of 276,000. There is a lot of "noise" in the data, which accounts for the difference between the 288,000 headline number and the 276,000 figure generated by analyzing the data.
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