Really? Why are you the Speaker, then, Boehner?
The sequester will cut 10,000 teaching jobs, 70,000 spots for preschoolers in Head Start, $43 million for food programs for seniors, $35 million for local fire departments, and access to nutrition assistance for over half a million women and their families.
And the reason congressional Republicans let these cuts go into effect is because they simply wouldn't support closing tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires -- for things like yachts and corporate jets. Unbelievable, while people starve.
It's time for the congressional Republicans to take action to stop the sequester budget cuts and obstruction which they started after President Obama was elected in 2008 and then, re-elected.
Jerry L. Payne
Learning how to stay alive
I was 6 years old when they tore down Charleston High School, right across the street from where I grew up on Arlington Court. By this time, I had deciphered clearly when BAM BAM outside my window was a car backfiring and when it was a gunshot. One night gunshots woke me. The next morning we were playing outside and found empty gun casings, and windows were broken at the high school. I remember the fear in my parents' and neighbors' voices.
We lived in perpetual fear. Our parents were afraid to let us play outside. Even a trip to Burger King had its dangers, and we were rarely allowed to walk around the neighborhood alone. Mom was always going to public safety meetings. She tried to get a policeman stationed permanently in our neighborhood. There was no one. Resources were already strained.
I turn 30 this year, and I recall those days with great clarity. It was a time of growing up and learning what I needed to do to stay alive.