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Monday, July 25, 2011 5:29 AM

__PUBLIC__By MURRAY COHEN
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No new taxes for billionaires!
That’s been what has amounted to the cry of some temporarily-insane congressmen.
Some months ago, I challenged congressmen who felt that way to go on a tour of Afghanistan and Iraq and preach that message to the troops. Let them explain why the immoral wartime Bush tax cuts should remain in place.
Considering that most of them didn’t subscribe to the Delphos Daily Herald, I had copies of the editorial sent to scores of congressmen. As far as I know, every one of them was too busy to explain in person to the armed forces why millionaires and billionaires should continue to enjoy the benefits of the Bush tax cuts.
Those tax cuts were the first ones in our history that occurred while the nation was at war.
I believe that holding to:
No new taxes for billionaires at a time when we have members of the armed forces sacrificing their limbs and lives in distant countries to protect our nation indicates a lack of conscience. Or a lack of sense of reality.
As one member of the House of Representatives said recently about the millionaire-billionaire tax cuts.
“They earned it. Let them keep it.” He is against any change in those immoral and stupifyingly insane Bush cuts.
It would bring trillions over the next decade if only those millionaire-billionaire folks would pay taxes at the same rate they did in the Clinton era. That was a time of relatively great prosperity for the nation, especially for those at the top of the economic heap.
We are engaged in a world-wide long-term battle with terrorism. It’s an expensive war and we will win it only if our armed forces continue to be as totally loyal and patriotic and dedicated as they are now and always have been. When several hundred families are earning and own what is heading toward nearly a third of what the rest of the country earns, we endanger the nation’s security,  especially  if  those  who  protect us see the looting of the nation under the congressmen who are sucking it up to the ultra-wealthiest, when  they see schools and police and hospitals and highways and bridges and veterans not getting the funds they need. And when they observe the United States in hock for more hundreds of billions to Asia — at least in part because of the refusal of congress to go for a fair tax code.
(Not all at the top feel “No new taxes for billionaires.” This editorial could have been written by many of the enlightened among them, including multi-billionaire Warren Buffet who has expressed thoughts along some of these lines.)
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Further, Dear Friends, this is an era where you have the wealthiest companies doing much more than taking advantage of every possible tax loophole. It’s beyond that. Way beyond that. They have thousands — yes, thousands — of highly-paid and highly influential attorneys on their payroll who are hard at work lobbying for the very tax laws and codes that are and will be the law of the land.
What emerges is a situation where the average Ohio worker may pay a higher tax rate than some billion dollar companies and hedge funds and their executives. This cannot continue.
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On the other side, every congressman who opposes a fair system of taxation can cite cases of fraud, waste and mismanagement in the federal government. All of Congress, along with the President, should do a lot more than they have previously to make the government more efficient and root out corruption.
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Lastly, except for humanitarian aid, we must know that we are economically doomed if we can’t stay out of other nation’s civil wars. We are decades and trillions of dollars behind on learning that lesson.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:20 AM
 
Under the covers ~ Committed PDF Print
Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:08 AM

A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage is the bestselling follow-up to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. This book has a much different tone than her first, which was completely introspective and conversational. This one takes a much more matter-of-fact approach, as Gilbert essentially provides us with a history lesson on marriage throughout the first part of the book.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 11:56 AM
 
It’s that time of year - again PDF Print
Friday, December 31, 2010 9:33 AM

As I reflect upon the last year, I have to say I am very fortunate.
I and my husband are healthy, happy and still enjoying each other’s company.
My mother is doing great and my son continues his journey of self-discovery in a very controlled environment.
What’s next?
Drum roll, please  here it is that time again. The pressure’s on. Time to make a New Year’s resolution.
The top 10 most common New Year’s resolutions are:

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 04, 2011 9:49 AM
 
The devil’s in the details PDF Print
Monday, September 27, 2010 9:22 AM

“Like Communism, Religion is perfect in theory, not in practice.”
– The “Good” Reverend James Ferda (Yup, I just quoted myself)

I truly believe that religion is a mockery of faith. (Now that I have infuriated you, take a breath and read on). Most of us, at birth, are indoctrinated into a religion. From it, we are told not only is it the one true faith but any others are doomed to hell and we are obligated to turn others toward our religion. Now, I know this last statement, in its entirety, is not the same for all religions but you get the idea. This is where I see the devil in the details and how I truly believe that if God’s real, then the devil had his hand in religion.

 
Under the covers PDF Print
Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:47 AM

E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962

I am a lover of many things. I love Thai food, I love wine, I love documentaries…but one thing I love the most is poetry. I know I’m not joined by many in this love, or at least judging by my teaching career, I’m not. Still, I think everyone should take the time to find at least one poet or one poem that he or she finds moving. Especially in today’s fast-paced life. While many might not have the time to read entire novels in a timely fashion, picking up a poetry book and perusing a few poems in one sitting is doable — and pleasurable. Trust me on this one.
My favorite poet in the whole wide world and the author of the book I’m reviewing today, is e. e. cummings. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea. His poems are whimsical, strange and confusing – which is why I adore him so. E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962 is the most comprehensive book of his poetry that I’ve found. What I enjoy about his writing is the “artsiness” her incorporates into his poetry. Some poems appear absolutely magical on the page, as he is as much a visual artist as he is a poet. His poems jump and dance to a staccato rhythm one moment and then flow and fall into a ballad the next. He is famous for ending one line in the middle of a thought and beginning the next line picking up where the unfinished thought left off. In other words, his poems make you think. (If you’re opposed to such side effects, stop reading immediately and watch a reality TV show.)
Cummings’ poetry is also highly passionate, even shall I say, erotic at times? The lovely thing is, he doesn’t display this feature too obviously most of the time. There is a bit of reading between the lines since logic and syntax are abandoned by the poet, with passion and emotion taking up residency in each piece of writing instead. He is esoteric, sure, but his poems are also incredibly moving (I used him throughout our wedding process – printed on the invitations, programs, and read at the ceremony) as he often talks about the ins and outs and the hows and whys of love.
I’m a big fan of coffee table books, and this is one that will have anyone intrigued who happens to flip through. If you like unconventional, though-provoking writers with some spunk, then check this out. Happy reading.

Sara Berelsman lives in Delphos with her husband Andy and their two daughters Adele and Eleanor. She has an M.A. in literature and could read poetry 24 hours a day.

 

 
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