Editor: One day our federal government gives Israel $400 million to build apartments for Russian Jews. Three days later that same government closes our national parks and monuments. Reason: No funds to pay federal workers.
We are a nation of very strange priorities.
Kirk S. Nevin.
Run Ins Out
Editor: Once again, Congress shows it is an ineffective body, whose incompetent members fail in their primary duty: to enact legislation solving the problems facing the country. Part of that duty is to produce a realistic budget before the end of the fiscal year.
Months ago, the president did his job by presenting a budget proposal to Congress. Members ridiculed it as ''dead on arrival,'' and then diddled around all summer. Now they blame the president for their failure to meet the deadline.
Congressmen did not do their job, but easily sneaked a fat pay raise through overnight.
Congressmen take the money and fail to deliver the goods. If they were in organized crime, they could be jailed as thieves. But Mafia crooks lack the power to declare their actions legal.
Congressmen believe they can get away with anything. They have subverted the election process to assure re-election, 99 percent confident this removes all checks and balances on their conduct.
We can fight back. The opportunity is here, now. We must run every incumbent out of office. Without exception. Only that blow between the eyes will get the attention of all politicians. Only a strong warning like that will force new officeholders to shape up or else! Otherwise, it will be business as usual at the pig trough.
Editor: The spectacle our elected officials displayed during the past few weeks is shameful.
One of the primary jobs of the legislative and the executive branches is to provide the budget to insure the continuous operations of the government. Yet during the past weeks we have witnessed the spectacle of closing the government because those branches could not agree on a budget.
I suggest that if our elected officials cannot perform their duties, they should step down. If they refuse, they should be penalized for unsatisfactory performance.
I suggest one percent will be deducted from their salary for each day's delay in approving the budget after Sept. 30. This would apply to each member of the House, each senator, the president, the vice president and all the cabinet members.
Editor: The person who wrote the critical letter about Our
Daily Bread (Oct. 9) apparently believes that the ''young to middle-aged, able-bodied males'' who travel to the Franklin Street facility every day are less in need of food than ''the truly needy.''
The writer amplified this prejudice by describing the truly needy as women and children, who are mostly young and able-bodied and remain home, and the ill and the aged -- in that order.
Unless I have observed incorrectly, the bulk of our costly welfare system is already tailor-designed for the truly needy. Scores of public and private programs exist for this group, including in-home and transportation services.
These programs may not be perfect, but they outshine the only government program expediently designed for males: our prison system.
It should be obvious by now to anyone who cares that being male and able-bodied does not ensure one's livelihood in today's social and economic environment. Yet if we must demand physical justification of our less fortunate men, is it not wise at least to nourish their bodies?
In a broader sense, if future generations of women and children are to stay home and be cared for, we need to stop regarding men as society's disposable sex. Instead, we should start including men in our concept of human care.
Just maybe Our Daily Bread is a Good Samaritan.
K. W. Loquasto.
Editor: No one ever said that life is fair, but there are some basic changes that could help to balance the scales.
As a taxpayer who voted for President Bush, I am appalled that he is so adamant about vetoing a tax increase for the wealthy. Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has come up with a plan that seems extraordinarily fair to all taxpayers. Middle America has been carrying the tax burden for far too long. How can a man with President Bush's intelligence ignore the fairness of the House Democrats' proposal?
This administration can no longer afford to have partisan politics interfere with the business of running our country. That we are in deep trouble with our ever burgeoning deficit no one can deny. Please, Mr. President, let the common good of the people and our country come before politics.
Verna C. Bazzell.
Editor: The recent incident in Israel in which Arabs once again attacked Jews while the Jews were praying at the holiest Jewish site on a Jewish holiday, proves once again that co-existence between Arab and Jew is impossible.