Responding to Pettus Read's July 11 column

Mr. Pettus Read’s column in the Tomahawk dated Wednesday, July 11, 2012 is another installment in a series of articles that trend towards broad generalizations of America’s agriculture and food system. Though a respected writer, Mr. Read’s position is firmly planted within the conventional agricultural mindset. For instance, his opposition to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) animal welfare standards is supported by European examples such as the banning of cage housing for laying chickens and gestation stalls for brood sows. According to Read if similar legislation is approved in congress American farmers will be forced out of business.
This type of legislation, whether you agree with the HSUS or not, stems from the practices of large scale industrial complexes that are involved in animal production. We use the term farm and farmer very broadly in this county, and though that debate is beyond the scope of my argument, the above regulations that according to Read are an attempt to “tax us over issues of emotion” (Read, A-2) are in reality a part of a counter-culture, or more accurately a counter- agriculture, that threatens the conventional establishment. This establishment, which includes Mr. Read’s employer the Farm Bureau, views alternative methods of food production as a threat to their monopoly over the food system. Much has been written on the American food system within the last few years and many powerful films have created a buzz about what we eat, how the animals we consume are treated, and who is really in control of America’s agriculture. Unfortunately, some of these arguments in attempting to emphasize their point reveal extreme cases of what can be considered nothing more than isolated cases of animal abuse. On the other hand, industrial agribusinesses tend to show their animals grazing contently on lush green pastures as the prototypical American farm family stands proudly by. I hope most people realize that the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but that middle is heavily weighted towards Tyson, Cargill, and Monsanto.
In 2010 Mountain Electric Cooperative honored me by sponsoring my attendance at the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers meeting in Nashville, TN. I met a variety of farmers, ranchers, students, and some of the important people involved in agriculture in the state and country. I enjoyed many of the sessions and learned a considerable amount, but what I took away from this meeting was not what I had anticipated. One of the keynote speakers spoke directly on animal welfare issues and the threat of national legislation on chicken (egg and meat), hog, beef, and dairy facilities. The sentiment of that session is echoed by Read: “The sad part of the story is that it all is happening due to efforts by those who have no farms, no animals, no experience with farming and may have read “Charlotte’s Web,” getting the attention of major restaurant chains due to emotion, rather than those boards of directors listening to sound science and years of research by our top universities of agriculture to produce a safe, healthy product.” (Read, A-2) Specific practices are legitimized and defended solely because they have become common practice. As these practices come into question by organizations such as the HSUS and American consumers one of the industry’s tactics is to pit food producers against consumers. Again, I am not arguing for or against any specific practice at this point, but the intensity of the “us against them” rhetoric serves only to split the opposing factions further apart and bypass the issues of concern.
That consumers may have a right to know the conditions under which their food is produced and demand certain standards does not constitute a “challenge to our independence” (Read, A-2) as some would have you believe. The challenge to our food independence may actually be from corporations such as Monsanto, Cargill, and even our own Tennessee Department of Agriculture in some instances. For example, Tennessee does not allow on farm poultry processing and distribution. However, the USDA has a small producer exemption that allows 1,000 birds to be raised, slaughtered, and sold from the farm. Farmers in surrounding states such as North Carolina and Virginia have been able to take advantage of this exemption in order to produce a product you cannot purchase in a typical grocery chain. Why does Tennessee refuse to permit farmers and consumers the independence that would allow them the option of purchasing a conventionally raised chicken or one produced on a local farm? “Farmers won our country’s independence, but now force is being used to remove our farmers’ independence to produce.” (Read, A-2) If this statement is true we would do well to discover who is exerting this force and why. The answer is not as simple or as one sided as Mr. Read would have us believe.
The lack of a structural literacy regarding food production, processing, distribution, and consumption in the United States is perhaps one of the greatest dangers to our food supply. It is a common argument that the typical consumer is unaware of the history of the food they consume, but just as importantly is a lack of awareness about why our food costs what it does. American farmers themselves are often unaware of the long term ramifications of state and federal agricultural policies. To portray one piece of animal welfare legislation as the death knell for the American farmer and attempt to incite outrage that an organization outside official agricultural circles would be interested in food production reveals the egocentric and unethical nature of America’s agricultural elite.
Mr. Read concludes his article with a lament over Cracker Barrel’s decision to become proactive in animal agriculture. “The Cracker Barrel restaurant group is the most recent to sign on with HSUS to force farmers to make those changes as well.” (Read, A-2) A regular patron “Being one who use[d] to eat as many as three meals a week at a Cracker Barrel” (Read, A-2), Mr. Read has every right to question the company about their business decisions. Similarly, every food consumer has the right to question the practices of the food industry and expect an open, intelligent, and respectful dialog. As author Wendell Berry has stated repeatedly: “If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.”
“I told the director that I always saw Cracker Barrel as totally different from the rest because when I walked in their doors, I felt that I was at home, on the farm.” (Read, A-2) If Mr. Read desires a meal that reminds him of being back home on the farm, patronizing a local farmers market and preparing his meal at home would provide a much more authentic experience.

Respectfully,

Billy Ward II
Mountain City, TN

Collect back fees; don't raise our wheel tax

Dear Editor:

Law abiding citizens will have to pay for an increase of fees for their wheel tax because the County Court Clerk’s office cannot collect three million dollars in unpaid fees! Why would anyone want to pay the back fees when they advertise in The Tomahawk that the courts are not doing their jobs to collect? If they revoke their license, try also locking the wheels on the vehicle until they pay their fines or paying a small fee for a collection company who gets results. It’s better than no monies at all … Three million dollars not collected is awful.

Betty Herod
Mountain City, TN

Your VA ID card is not a credit or insurance card

Veterans Of Johnson County:

Your VA ID card is not a credit card nor an insurance card. It is bad that the VA doesn’t tell you this. But those of you that have the VA ID card, if you will look on the back, it says very plainly “not a credit card or an insurance card.” If you have received your Veterans Benefits Hand Book from the VA then you need to pay close attention to pages number 56 and 57. These two pages explain what the VA will pay, and what they will not pay in a private hospital or private emergency room, as well as any ambulance or rescue squad fees. If for an example you are 62 years old and have a heart attack and are being transferred to the Mountain Home VA, and you are deferred to the Johnson City Medical Center because the VA has no more room, you are liable for the rescue squad charges and all emergency room and hospital charges. But if you have no insurance at all, you would need to bring all your bills by the VA office here and we will file for reimbursements to the rescue squad and Johnson City Medical Center. There would be a very good chance that you would win this claim, as you had no insurance. The VA asks that they be notified and that you be transferred back to Mountain Home as soon as you are able to be transferred.
Same example as above, except you are 65 or older and on Medicare. You are diverted to Johnson City Medical Center. You are then responsible for the Medicare deductible of $1,100 and 20 percent of all the medical, transportation costs, doctor charges and hospital charges. This could be quite expensive depending on how serious the medical situation is. The VA will fight it and usually not pay anything. They will use the “you have other insurance” (Medicare) clause. We do file these claims here but haven’t had too much success with them. There again, VA wants to be notified, failure to do so could result in your loss of claim in both cases above.
I am 70 years old and have VA and Medicare, but I also have a supplement policy from Humana that costs me nothing. You can buy the policy and spend as much as you would like depending on how much you want to owe the hospital. I pay nothing per month. The most that I would have to pay if this situation were to happen to me is $65 emergency room visit, $200 ambulance service and $500 medical inpatient hospital care. My total charges for a two-week stay would be $700. If you are admitted from the emergency room then these $65 emergency room charges do not apply. Now the $1,100 deductible is every 90 days, not once per year. So if this happened to you in January, then again in July, you would have to pay the deductible twice. Three times if you had it happens again in November. Of course for my regular health care and medications I use the VA. If you need an operation then let them schedule it. I have had very good treatment and care by the doctors and nurses down at Mountain Home. The only time we veterans need extra insurance help is in case of an emergency situation like a heart attack or an automobile accident, etc. and are taken to a private non-VA hospital.
The VA sometimes will use outside doctors and hospitals for an operation or treatment. The VA handles these charges internally and you are not billed for these charges.
If you have any questions or we can help you in any way, please give us a call or just drop by. We are here to serve you….We thank you for your service!

Johnson County Veteran Affairs
211 North Church Street ( Heritage Hall)
Mountain City, TN 37683
(423) 727-7929
Ralph Hutto and Karen Manuel

Trade Community Center says 'thank you'

Dear Editor:

The Trade Community Center would like to say “thank you” to all those who came up for our Saturday night music on August 4.

Also thanks to the Trade Volunteer Fire Department for bringing their equipment along with Sparky the firehouse dog, to share and take photos with the children.

The members of the Trade Community Center would also like to invite everyone including our county commissioners and county mayor to join us on Sunday, August 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for a day of free gospel singing. The center will be having 6 gospel groups and BBQ plates will be available for purchase.

Again, thank you for supporting the Trade Community Center. We look forward to seeing a lot of you along with our county commissioners and mayor that day.

Sincerely,
Trade Community Center Members and
Community Center Secretary Lou Hoak

Christians should not be afraid to voice beliefs

Dear Editor:

America continues to glorify and legalize the sin of homosexuality, and many are choosing not to speak out for fear of being labeled a homophobic or intolerable of this wicked lifestyle. The government is moving at brake neck speed to promote this agenda, and, with the help of Hollywood, they are brainwashing the next generation. In 2012, it’s called a lifestyle, but thousands of years ago, God called this filthy sin an abomination and God never changes!
The Lord sent Jonah to Nineveh, Paul to Rome, Philip to Samaria, Peter to Joppa, and Nathan to King David, but have you ever considered who God sent to Sodom and Gomorrah?  He could have sent 500 Jonah’s to preach to the sodomites, but, He chose two angels to utterly destroy that den of iniquity….. No preaching, no repenting, no second chances, just unrelenting fire and brimstone. God hates homosexuality, and still calls it an abomination in 2012.
God calls us to be a holy people, set apart, and not influenced by our wicked culture. Christians cannot have it both ways, we are either for God or against Him, we can either believe His Holy Word or the left wing print and broadcast media.
Are we really taking this sin and God’s wrath seriously? Shouldn’t more Christians be speaking out against this wickedness; if they call you homophobic, or scream that you’re intolerable, consider it a blessing because the Judgment Seat of Christ is coming, if we stand up for, and stay with God’s Word, some day the Lord Jesus will say to us, “Well done”.  Don’t let the left-wing God haters scare you into submissive silence, speak out against sin! “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 (KJB)

Jim Koenig
Mountain City

Sandusky sgtory in no way connected to Vaiden book

Dear Editor:
 Please be advised that the book “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story” is in absolutely no way connected to “Touched” … A Bi-Polar Synopsis of the Human Condition … The Road to Maturity” by Frank “Buddy” Vaiden and published by Eloquent Book Publishing. “The Road to Maturity” is a scripturally based book for self-help addressing individuals and relationships. Also sharing with communities and families how they may better cope with the challenges of caretaking the mentally ill.

Book one is presently out of stock. The second book of the “Touched” series, completely re-edited, expanded, and revised to reflect updates and new insights, of the events of the last three years, will augment the basic precepts of the first book release. As many requests have been communicated to Perception Illumination Company as to the release of this second book, the publisher, and myself are doing everything needed to keep to this timetable.

The second book of the “Touched” series, “How You can Survive in a World without Law …the Ultimate Guide to Personal Success and Self-fulfillment,” is now being sent to the publisher for a projected published date of September 30, 2012.

 

Sincerely,
Frank “Buddy” Vaiden
Mountain City, TN 37683

Class social enjoyable at local pizza restaurant

Dear Editor:

On July 29, 2012 the JCHS Class of 1958 had a pizza social at Teammates Pizza. We all enjoyed the social and would do it again! It is so great to have a restaurant in Mountain City with owners and staff that have their goal as excellent service and customer satisfaction. Thanks Teammates Pizza for a great experience, delicious pizza, and salad bar.

Sincerely,
Class Coordinator Daisy Everett

Would like to see a good cleaning at mausoleum

Dear Editor:

I just want to say that I am totally in shock at how the place (Sunset Mausoleum) has gone down. Every time I go over there, I always give somebody the benefit of the doubt when it comes to cleaning, i.e., hasn’t been done yet, or it got messed up again. Needless to say, every time I go back it seems to be worse.
It smells bad. Maybe the carpet has been wet, but at any rate the carpet should be replaced. It is dirty and wore out. The windows are dirty. The front of the vaults are dirty. The memorial tables are dusty and covered with spider webs.
I was over there last week and upon entering, I noticed something that looked like fur. Upon looking closer, it was mold. I have heard people joke about leaving something in the refrigerator until it grew hair, but I’ve never seen it before then. The mold was at least one and a half inches tall and a very large spot on the floor.
I have several family members there and I wish it were taken a little better care of. I wish other people that have family members there felt the same as I do. Also, the bank in front of the building needs to have the weeds cut down. That looks bad, too

Linda Eastridge
Mountain City, TN 37683

Linda Eastridge
Mountain City, TN 37683

Blessings and thanks from CBM missionaries

Last Thursday night at the Crewette Building, there was an outpouring of generosity to enable many Johnson County boys and girls to enjoy a week at CBM Camp Ta-Pa-Win-Go this summer.
Our thanks go to the Levi Retirees who prepared and served a wonderful ham dinner with all the extras. Their love for our children was very evident as they served a delicious meal to a crowd of 300 people. Those who “ate in” appreciated the beautifully decorated tables.
We would also like to thank Roger Espinoza and the Modern Woodsmen for partnering with us to give Johnson County boys and girls an opportunity to experience a life-changing week at camp.
Thanks to everyone who donated money for the food and bought tickets to fund camp scholarships for our children.

Blessings!
“Mr. Mike” & Ms. Liane,
Your CBM Missionaries

How does it make you feel to steal a child's bike?

To the person who stole bike off my porch on Shoun Street…
Did you know it was a Christmas present for a child?
Did you know the child is 10 years old?
Did you know another child used the bike to ride to church two times a week?
Did you think of the feeling for the child or the money you would get for it?
When you see this child playing in the yard and not riding his bike will you feel any guilt?
I hope this will make you think before you steal another child’s bike.

Kathy Terrill

150 successful years for Department of Agriculture

One hundred and fifty years ago, in the midst of a great Civil War, President Lincoln signed legislation to establish a Department of Agriculture in order to “acquire and to diffuse among the people of the United States useful information on subjects connected with agriculture … and to procure, propagate, and distribute among the people new and valuable seeds and plants.”
Armed with these broad mandates, the “People’s Department,” as he called it, set about to serve American farmers and a mostly rural American landscape. At that time, almost half of all Americans lived on farms, compared with about 2 percent today. The population in 1862 was then about 31.4 million and today, that number has increased tenfold to almost 313 million people.
Over the last 150 years, through the department’s work on food science, agricultural research, nutrition assistance, bio-fuel production, economic and community development, natural resource conservation, international trade, credit, and a host of other issues, the USDA still fulfills Abraham Lincoln’s original vision – touching the lives of every American, every day in almost every way.
By any measure, it’s been a very successful 150 years for USDA. Americans benefit from safe, abundant, and reasonably priced food. We produce 85% of what we consume and therefore enjoy food security. Our food, fuel, and fiber industries provide employment for more than 20 million Americans. Agricultural exports continue to post significant trade surpluses which, in turn, have generated almost one million jobs alone.
As we look to the decades ahead, USDA must continue to contribute to the strength and health of the nation by becoming a more modern and effective service provider. We must tighten our belt, just as many Americans are doing with their household budgets.
In the past few decades, American agriculture has become one of the most productive sectors of our economy thanks to farmers, ranchers and growers adopting technology, reducing their debt, and effectively managing risk. USDA is adopting these same lessons in its Blueprint for Stronger Service, announced by Secretary Vilsack earlier this year.
The Blueprint for Stronger Service aims to build a modern and efficient service organization that is closely aligned with technological innovations – and better suited to respond to 21st century agricultural challenges.
The challenges ahead are many, both for USDA and American agriculture, but by focusing on a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers, supporting policies that encourage sustainable productivity, and by promoting vibrant markets that help feed consumers at home and abroad, the “People’s Department” will continue to help create jobs, support working families, strengthen rural communities, and build on the success and productivity of the America’s farmers and ranchers.

Gene Davidson
State Executive Director
USDA Farm Service Agency

Thanks for help with team

I have heard that good help is hard to find. I, however, have come across great help.
I want to thank Junior Banner, Kim Leonard, John Austin, Jesse Brooks, and Mike Fenner
for all the time they give to help with the Lady Dodgers softball team. The girls are very fortunate
to have you all working with them. You are great coaches and I appreciate every one of you all.

Thank you,
Janet Brooks

Thank you to all who helped save Doe Mountain

We would like to express our great relief and happiness regarding the state purchase of the Doe Mountain property. This will be a high water mark of success for Johnson County and Mountain City. The purchase will help preserve the beauty of the area, promote tourism, boost the local economy and provide a center for recreation. The hiking and biking paths as well as future ATV and OHV trails will be a magnet for residents and visitors alike. A very special thank you to all the leaders whose efforts helped make this possible, including Mayor Potter, Representative Campbell and particularly Lieutenant Governor Ramsey.

Kevin and Joan Kuhner

Thanks for help with Bake-A-Thon for Heritage Hall

Thank you for making this event successful. To all the bakers, bidders and buyers, thank you for supporting our young people's performing arts programs. Special thanks to our sponsor, Phoenix Medical Products for making this event possible and to First United Methodist Church for the use of their fellowship hall. Thanks to The Tomahawk, WMCT and The Mountain Sentinel for their support.

Sincerely,
The Heritage Hall Board of Directors
Kathy Henderson-chair

USS Columbus shipmate reunion September 12-16

Navy and Marine Corps shipmate who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present, if you would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505. Home number is (260)486-2281 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time. Fax number is (260) 492-9771. Email Hope4391@frontier.com.
USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 Reunion on September 12 – September 16, 2012 at Holiday Inn Portland Airport, Portland Oregon. Please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505. Home number is (260) 486-2221 8AM to 5PM Eastern Time. Fax number is (260) 492-9771.

Sincerely,
Frederick A. Fenzel
Public Relations Officer
USS Columbus Veterans Assn.
145 Newport Street
Arlington, MA 02476
781-648-8790
fnfenzell@verizon.net

ACTION says thanks for disposing of unwanted drugs

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition would like to thank everyone in Johnson County who brought unused /unwanted prescriptions to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28th, 2012. The data is being tallied by the coalition and an article will be written concerning those numbers and kinds of medications that were turned over to our local law enforcement in the near future. We would also like to thank Bud and Christy from Family Prescription and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for partnering with A.C.T.I.O.N. to host this event.

Johnson County A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition

SADD Club appreciates help with Safety Month events

The SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition would like to thank all who were involved in the Safety Month events at JCHS. Special thanks go to JCHS Security and Mr. Quave for his expertise with the Click It & Ticket Program, Kim Crosswhite and State Farm Insurance for supporting the program, Amanda Mullins and the Teen Health Council at JCHS for helping with the event, Jack Cress and Mountain View Exxon for supplying a wrecked car for the mock crash scene, Mountain City Fire Department for supplying a fire truck, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for supplying officers for the Click It & Ticket event and mock crash scene, Willie DeBord for supplying EMS vehicles and manpower, and Paula Walter for taking pictures for us. The events were a great success and we would like to say thank you!

SADD Club Advisor,
Angie Dickens

Reader upset with Obama for supporting gay marriage

President Obama became the first president in our history to support same-sex marriage. As a Christian Sociologist who has studied the family I'm upset Obama wants to devalue marriage and take away the rights of children to have both a mother and father they need. I agree with the black leader who said, “The institution of marriage in human history has always been for the purpose of procreation and socialization and two people of the same sex can't fill either bill.”
Every major religion for over 5000 years has viewed homosexuality as unnatural, unwise and a offense against God. Obama is in effect saying “Stupid ancestors, stupid Tennesseans, stupid God, what did they know?” God does have a right to take away a homosexual couple’s right to be joined in holy matrimony because He alone decides what is holy.
Because of their control of the major media and Hollywood, homosexuality has gone from being illegal in about every state 40 years ago to being celebrated in every state today. People don't even know that homosexuality is so unhealthy the Red Cross won't accept their blood. While Christianity sees homosexuality as an adjective, the media says it's a noun. Liberals (like Obama) and some churches now celebrate homosexuality. However the Bible teaches homosexuality is like any other temptation that God calls people to resist. The Bible teaches it's the deliverance from temptation Christians and churches must celebrate, not its proud and eager embrace.
Christianity teaches feelings and emotions aren't a dependable source for determining right and wrong. C.S. Lewis said actions are more powerful then emotions and anyone you keep acting loving to you will feel love for. Many feel more love for their pets then anyone because they act more loving to their pet. In the Bible, love is an action and Jesus showed that love by paying for all our sins on the cross. Jesus loves everyone including homosexuals and has changed everyone who seeks Him-including homosexuals. We know homosexuality isn't genetic because often one identical twin is a homosexual while another isn't. Still homosexuals say they where born homosexual. The good news is with Jesus everyone including homosexuals can be born again.
For more info see www.exodusinternational.org or www.truthwinsout.org. As Christians our job isn't to fix people or make them nice but to tell them about Jesus. As C.S. Lewis said, “We must not suppose that even if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved souls.” Nice people go to Hell if Jesus hasn't made them new by forgiving their sins. Some Christians and churches have spoken the truth about the sin of homosexuality but failed to extend Jesus-like compassion to those struggling, while some churches have rejected the truth and have married homosexuals and celebrated their homosexuality. Both are wrong, Jesus is 100 percent grace and love and 100 percent truth. If we fail to represent any part of that we fail to represent Jesus.

D.D. Nave
Elizabethton, TN

A Sunday morning drive told me what is wrong with us

The Tomahawk's recent Question Of The Week, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” was a real zinger, and the answers were mostly right on the money. I particularly agreed with the lady who said, “Too much government, not enough God.”
Our country has had a lot of problems in the past few years and lately everyone wants to blame President Obama. But it's not all his fault. If Senator McCain had won the election, we would still be hurting. If Governor Romney wins in November, our nation will still be in trouble. Our country started the down hill slide before the President was even born. I didn't vote for him, won't vote for him, but I'm not going to blame Obama for our nation's decline.
My wife had surgery a while back and couldn't go to our church that week. I decided to only attend Sunday School and head back home to insure she was okay. My 14 mile ride at 11:00 a.m. shed a lot of light on why our country is falling apart.
The parking lots at Food Lion, Save-A-Lot, Food Country, Fred's and Dollar General were packed. I must have passed a dozen trucks towing boats, the car washes had folks waiting in line, the ATMs were busy, the restaurants were packing them in and I saw hundreds of cars leisurely heading along life's highway. That was a sad 25 minute drive considering that Johnson County has a higher average of church going folk than the larger towns and cities.
God is slowly withdrawing His hand from America, and we deserve it! Unless we start putting the Lord Jesus Christ first in our lives, we are doomed as a nation. The great Evangelist of the past, Billy Kelly said it best…. “God is still on His throne, the reins are in His hands, and everything is running right on time!” We've got trouble folks, and the answer is in the Savior of the King James Bible, not Washington DC.

Jim Koenig
Mountain City

Wherefore art thou, President Obama?

Millions of Americans are not looking for a job any more. They have no unemployment benefits left, either discouraged or early retirement as their only option has left fewer people working than back in 1980!
Would anyone hazard a guess as to what the actual unemployment is in our country? Thirty-eight of our seniors age 65 or over are unemployed! Twenty-four percent of black men age 18-24 are jobless.
Now hear this! The Bureau of Labor counts a person part of the labor force if they have a job or have looked for one in the last four weeks!
Why did Obama go to Canada to buy two (two million each) buses for he and his staff to tour Texas? Remember there is a Detroit, Mr. President!
In fact, why did Obama give China the contract to rebuild our bridges and infrastructure?
Listen, America, to Karzai laughing about getting all of his billions over the next 10 years from our president! Why not share this horrible agreement with us, Mr. President? Why blackmail us to eventually leave when our country has already sacrificed so much?
We are now in the throes of big time inflation. Our dollar keeps losing value and groceries keep going higher. Gas prices so high that travel and vacations are prohibitive.
Just where and what is our energy program? Don’t we have about 35,000 people now employed to solve this problem?
I am afraid to look forward to four more years of your administration when I review the past three! Only goodbye.

Ed Cook