People who are happy with this country's status quo could probably care less whether Congress ever agrees on anything. Others who are not are frustrated with the lack of forward progress our legislative branch has provided over the past few years.
Would anyone object if the Do Not Call list were amended to include sales pitches from political parties and political election surveys? The amount of phone calls from these entities this year has been overwhelming.
As a Vietnam vet who served at Da Nang AB, RVN, in 67-68, I have an opinion the leaders of our government might want to listen to. That opinion is based by the following facts. The lives of over 50 thousand young Americans were lost in the Vietnam War. Why? What did our country gain from those sacrifices? In my opinion, nothing! North Vietnam, the enemy then, took over the entire country.
I received an email from the National Headquarters of The American Legion today, the day after Christmas. It states that the Dallas VA Medical Center denied school children the distribution of handmade Christmas cards to veteran patients because the cards referenced the holiday by name - Christmas. The email further states that the VA Hospital in Augusta Georgia turned away school kids that came to sing Christmas carols as they have done the past couple of years. When the kids walked in, the VA gave them a list of songs that were permissible to sing, presumably non-secular.
On October 8th, I received a message from The American Legion National Headquarters regarding VA public services closed because of the continuing government shutdown. Military men and women expect they may be sent to foreign lands to fight for our national interests. And, they realize they may be injured or killed while performing these patriotic duties. However, it is unconscionable that our government would choose to put them in harms way in our own country.
Ever see the movie, "Field of Dreams"? It's about an Iowa corn farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field and the ghosts of Chicago White Sox players would come to play. In the movie, he built the field and they came. It was a good movie, but none the less, fiction.
Federal laws exist concerning visas, applying for U.S. citizenship, and illegal immigration. However, media reports indicate government hasn't been enforcing those laws to the letter.
I find it interesting the movement of an Air Force fighter squadron from Fairbanks to Anchorage is causing so much controversy. Naturally, Fairbanks doesn't want to lose the infusion of federal paychecks into their economy.
...effective method of instilling enthusiasm in the troops. I look forward to seeing what the new philosophy prevailing from the Alaska executive branch produces. From my perspective it looks like leadership by blackmail. Dean Hill, Sterling
...takes. They don't always have the option to go to bed at night or quit, and go home. And, a $50,000 prize isn't waiting for them at the end of their tour. I think the Iron Dog participants would agree with me. Dean Hill, Sterling
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