Those who protected our country
I have two comments on how we treat our military:
1. I just can't believe the folks making the decisions to cut military pensions are the same folks that only have to serve six (part-time) years to get a generous 80 percent pension. . but they are cutting the retirement benefits of those that have protected our country.
2. It is a travesty that we treat our prisoners better than we do our veterans - I don't care if a veteran returns a "drug addict" (if I had to see what they have seen I'd probably be one, too) . We have business to take care of every need a veteran has. they are the reason we have the freedom to vote these idiots into office!
All Americans should be concerned
Politicians please pay attention. The recent claims of "overly generous compensation packages" and "retirees' ability to earn a living after retirement from the service" are not only misleading and disingenuous, but they totally miss the point. In simple legal terms, the current proposals of reducing benefits for those retired, increasing medical co-payments, closing of commissaries, etc., etc., etc., are breaches of contract - plain and simple.
If our esteemed Congress desires to make these changes for future generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, that is fair; but they should not expect the same caliber of individuals to make a career of military service as many will be competitively lured to better career options.
When a individual makes the decision to pursue a career based upon a contract with the United States government - all Americans should be concerned when the government unilaterally decides to change those terms after the individual serves the country for 20 years. If the government willfully breaches contracts with those who have already dedicated 20 years of their lives serving their country, what will they be willing to do to the rest of the population ( . minions?)?
Final question: How many of the nation's citizens are aware of the "overly generous" compensation/benefit packages that our esteemed members of congress receive? Hint: They eclipse those of a military retirement and they are vested from their first term - not after 20 years of service.
Lt. Col. (Retired) Gary Haag
Pot use didn't start yesterday
From the Dec. 26 Gazette; "AMA labels pot 'dangerous,' but research scant," "The bigger issue, some say, is the lack of solid research on the health effects of marijuana." Dr. George Athey "says that legalization of pot sales is premature given the lack of solid research . "
Are you kidding me? To say that there is a lack of research of the effects of marijuana use is ridiculous. Pot use didn't just start yesterday. It may have been easy to fool the people in the past, but this is the 21st century. In a few seconds, anyone interested can search the Internet and find hundreds of marijuana studies dating back to the 19th century (India, Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report, 1894).
Most countries have done and continue to fund government studies on marijuana and most major universities have researched and continue to research marijuana. There are some countries where marijuana use is part of the culture and their citizens smoke pot regularly their whole lives. In our country, millions of members of my generation have been smoking pot for 40-50 years since the 1960s and 1970s. Yet some would have us believe that we lack knowledge of the effects of marijuana use? The real problem for the "Reefer Madness" crowd is that they reject the research that has been done because few of these studies have found adverse effects of marijuana use.
Thanks for being politically incorrect
I counted at least nine times the use of "Christmas" in the Dec. 25 Gazette, including at least once in every section. It's wonderful to know exactly which "happy holiday" we are celebrating. Thank you for being politically incorrect. God bless all the staff of The Gazette.
The real reason for Christmas
Re: The Gazette's View, Dec. 25: It is refreshing to see that the real reason for Christmas has not been forgotten. Christmas is about love, sacrifice and giving. This was demonstrated to us by God. God loved us, giving His Son to be sacrificed for us. This was demonstrated to us by God's Son, Jesus. Jesus loved us in becoming man and to sacrifice His life to give us life. This is imitated by us through man's love for each other, by sacrificing our self-love, to better our neighbor through giving of our self in time, patience, and caring. Merry Christmas and may the babe in the manger never be silenced or forgotten.