I see from Monday’s paper that Congress has gone back to work (“Elections to weigh on Congress”). That should be different.
From what I can find, we are paying members of Congress salaries and contributing toward their health care and pensions.
In addition, each House member is entitled to a staff of as many as 18 to assist them. Senators may have more.
Maybe it’s time to ask representatives and senators to do more with less, as so many companies have required of their employees. Companies have also asked for concessions on health care and eliminated pensions.
If Congress is in such a dither that it is taking food stamps from the needy and unemployment benefits from those out of work, maybe it should look at reducing its needs to help balance the budget.
What I find sad about this past year is that the concept of “me” has resonated in Congress.
There are a handful of members concerned with the good of the people. The rest are there to promote themselves.
I wish I knew how much all those staff members are costing.
To the end of the block
As a new, late-in-life owner of a snow blower, I’m experiencing the juice of mechanical power that sounds loud and blows stuff away.
After blowing snow from my driveway and standard, city-lot sidewalk, it seems a shame to turn that puppy off.
My new resolution is to run the snow blower down the length of my sidewalk block after significant snow, making walking a little easier for everyone.
I would encourage the snow blower brethren to “blow to the end of the block.”
Memo to the next Browns head coach:
Rent, don’t buy.
Jammin’ in downtown Akron
I want to thank Malcolm X Abram for writing about the Dec. 26 jam session held at Joe’s Downtown. We went that evening and liked a lot of what we saw.
What is even more entertaining is the idea of what could be. We have an unimaginable amount of solid talent in our area.
This downtown venue could use more promotion and support to allow our talented Northeast Ohioans an opportunity to shine and be noticed.
For all of the initiatives that the mayor’s office pushes, can’t this be one of them? Can’t we find someone who has a passion for music and for our area’s talent who can get this venue and its jam sessions fine-tuned?
I would love to have sessions on a monthly basis. On a similar note, our local boys in Red Sun Rising are trying to coordinate a tour along the East Coast. Anyone can go to their Facebook page and help them on the endeavor.