December 8, 2011
Thanks to Gilbert Sandler ("It still lives in Infamy," Dec. 7) for reminding us of some of the costs of war in his account of Baltimore after Pearl Harbor. What a contrast with today. Our leaders can carry on wars without affecting most of us one bit. No danger, no draft, no rationing, no tax increase, no blackouts. Only if we serve in the armed forces or have a family member there do we suffer anything. We do not even have to pay for the war - we can borrow to cover the cost. It is almost enjoyable and certainly exciting.
December 10, 2012
After a 45-year career in the private sector, first with Bethlehem Steel, then with Harley Davidson Motor Company and ending with General Motors, I lost wages, medical benefits and pensions when these companies were not making profits. Federal workers have not made any sacrifices that compare to losses in the private sector jobs ("Federal workers rally, underscore their sacrifices," Dec. 6). Most of them retire with 85 percent of their salary and medical benefits that they never paid into.
November 4, 2012
I wish to respond to Kenneth Weeden's letter to the editor ("Who bears the burden?" Oct. 31). During World War II, people understood the need for sacrifice because if they didn't, there was a good chance we would all be speaking German today. Today's economic crisis requires sacrifice, but only from politicians - they need to stop spending other people's money as if there was no downside in order to get re-elected. Mr. Weeden's wishful thinking about taxing the "rich" shows that he has not done his research.
February 20, 2012
While I agree with some of Max Richtman's commentary on Social Security ("Protect senior programs," Feb. 17), many of his observations are misleading. Certainly, most any poll will show that people do not want any benefit cuts, and I would bet that most would want benefits to increase. That's just human nature. As an old saying goes, "When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have Paul's vote. " However, his use of such terms and phrases as "earned benefits" and "economic reason" do not pass muster when certain facts are considered.
August 16, 2011
To President Obama and members of Congress: When will you as leaders and representatives of a very large group of seniors start to wake up and realize, that the United States government cannot continue to pay for everything. At the age of 81, I do look forward to my Social Security monthly check and my Medicare insurance when needed. However, taking a cut would not put me in my grave any quicker. I learned at an early age if we could not afford to pay our bills, we did without!
May 4, 2010
Battered by a poor economy and declining endowment, the Walters Art Museum balanced its budget last year by laying off seven people, eliminating another nine open positions and cutting the pay of those remaining. Including that of the boss. Museum Director Gary Vikan took a haircut of about 8 percent from his salary that's reported in tax filings in the $250,000 range — the largest pay cut in percentage terms of anybody in the organization. As well he should have.