Letters to the editor
What's next at DMV
The invasion of privacy required at the Division of Motor Vehicles office to renew my drivers license-a license I as issued originally without all the documentation required now-is ridiculous. All that should be required for renewal is to produce the valid license one already has.
What's next? Pulling your pants down so they can correctly check the gender box?
Bryan Boucher, Helper
To whom it may concern.
I hope you needed our Christmas decorations more than we did. Your life must be pretty miserable if you have to go around vandalizing property for amusement.
I have two kids that were pretty devastated over your handiwork. How do you look yourself in the mirror?
I know I am not the only one this has happened to. It is too bad there are people out there that have to try and destroy the Christmas season for those who like to put up Christmas lights.
I would like this person to know we will still put up Christmas decorations, only next year we will have a camera and you know what they say about karma.
What goes around, comes around and you will get what you deserve.
Maria Baggs, Price
I remember when....
Milk came to the house in glass quart bottles with cream on top for 12 cents, bread was in a waxed paper wrapper (and so were 5 cent candy bars), ice was brought to the refrigerator by the block, and real silver dollars made a delightful jingle in the pocket.
My life began in the midst of the 'New Deal' that came about in FDRs first term. Its aim was to solve the problems of the depression that was rampant in the country. The new deal featured the three Rs; first being Relief for the unemployed and poor, then Recovery of the economy, and last being Reform of the financial system to prevent future problems.
The 'New Deal' gave us the unsustainable Social Security system, a huge boost for Labor Unions, the WPA, greatly expanded Federal Government, and the Second World War. We still have a similar financial crisis.
In 1949 Truman announced the 'Fair Deal.' Since then we have seen several other deals including the 'Fast Deal' and the 'Raw Deal.'
I had a dream about going out to my favorite restaurant with a gang of my friends. There were 10 of us in the group, and we had a great time together enjoying the best meal ever. We were a bit extravagant, but then, you only live once. When we were finished with our visiting and eating, it came time to settle up with the establishment for the great time that we had. One of the friends was feeling pretty good that night and paid for nine out of the 10 meals. Four of my friends kept their hands in their pockets and paid nothing. That left five of us to take care of the remaining bill for the last meal of the 10. That was a sweet treat for nine of us who got off pretty cheap.
As it turns out, that scene parallels the situation in the country these days. There are four out of every 10 people or families in the country that pay no income tax at all, and 1 out of 10 is rich enough to pay 90 percent of the total bill. The rest of us (we are called the 99%) are enjoying the benefits provided by just a few of the successful hard working super-rich.
That one person is being asked to pay his 'fair share,' but is already paying for most of the whole bill that the Government is recklessly spending. Successful businesses in the US are coming under attack for making the "American Dream" a reality. The "All American beer company" (you know, the one with the beautiful big horses) has given up and moved to Europe. The CEOs of large corporations are being maligned for keeping their companies in the black and taking a bonus for their successful work. At the same time the athletes and entertainers are getting much larger income contracts and no condemnation.
If we did not have the successful energy producing companies in eastern Utah, such as the Bill Barrett Corporation, Conoco-Phillips, Rocky Mountain Power, and our coal producers, we would have next to no income to run our local governments.
Instead of complaining about the rich 1 percent, we should be sincerely grateful for their hard work that provides a life for all of the rest of us.
Jerry B. Anderson, Price