Spotlight on spending

All of the news about the government shutdown should be an eye opener. Our federal and state governments have simply grown too big and complex and are loaded with loopholes for elected leaders.

There’s panic about the loss of funding for thousands of programs. Does anyone ask how we got to this point? How about whittling down the programs?

Do we question how lawmakers can pass a program, like SNAP (food stamps) into perpetual law, regardless of the availability of funds to pay for it?

Worried about refunds with furloughs at the Internal Revenue Service? Why is the IRS taking so much from our paycheck in the first place?

Our elected officials are passing sneaky appropriations, allowing them to have pay raises while denying a fair raise or pension for the hard-working people of this country.

I’m not advocating craziness, like building a wall that we know we can’t afford and won’t stop the problem from going away. How about a fast track to citizenship for those Latin Americans and refugees coming here to work hard, pay taxes and pray in our churches?

We could offer a simple pre-citizenship card given upon entry into the fast-track citizenship program where immigrants earn their right to stay here legally. They get a Social Security number quickly and start paying the taxes they should.

The recent tariffs enacted by our president to protect or bring back jobs here actually backfired and hurt the economy. How about a common sense economic policy that slowly tries to even the trade imbalance, not erase 50 years of poor legislation in six months?

People in this country have had enough with mismanagement and greed. We want and deserve common sense government, law-abiding presidents, legislators and judges.

Kurt Davis, Akron

 

Welcome the stranger

I am appalled that there does not exist a deep roar of disapproval about the treatment of children and their parents, regardless of why they came here. When did inhumanity, cruelty and trauma to young children, particularly, seem an acceptable response to their efforts to cross our border, whether at the gate requesting asylum or over a wall? (And they do go over or under walls. Think of Germany when it was divided.)

No children should suffer the horror of wondering where their mom and dad or sister and brother are. How hard-hearted can anyone be to countenance this behavior?

We need to raise a voice that we hate no one so much that we can become so cruel and harsh. The prophets said that we are to care for the “stranger in the land.” I imagine my grandparents being barred from this country. My siblings and I would not be here now.

We stole this land in the first place. That was our initial inhumanity. We could not respect and live in peace with those who saved many people’s forebears from starving to death in New England, and we celebrate that.

Stop this now. Protect the weak and vulnerable.

Michael Klein, Akron

 

Wall issue is settled

The writer of the Jan. 9 letter ‘‘Let voters decide’’ says we should have a referendum on the wall. We already did that — we elected Donald Trump.

Allan Butler, Cuyahoga Falls