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It doesn’t make sense gas costs more here On Jan. 14, national news reported that the national average for a gallon of gas was $3.30. The price of gas at many stations in our area was $3.56. Higher gas prices are commonly seen in areas where the cost of living is higher in larger metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The median household income in the U.S. is $52,432. In Pennsylvania it is $50,018. In Luzerne County it is $41,517. I don’t understand how our household income is 20 percent below the national average, yet our gas prices are 10 percent above the average. Disposable income helps drive the economy. Is it any wonder that our local economy struggles? No pay for Congress if it doesn’t pass a budget Just how stupid do our politicians think we are? I have now read a couple of articles stating that “if a budget is not passed” members of Congress will not get paid. Oops! I mean their pay will be held in escrow. This simply means that once they pass “something,” they will then get their back pay. This escrow thing is a little different from when my mother went on strike at the shoe mill or my father in the coal mines. Neither got paid and nothing was held in escrow. If you are not doing your job (passing a budget) then you should not get paid each day that we do not have a budget. Better yet, if you are not doing your job … resign. Speaker’s words reveal much about our future John Boehner said it and didn’t realize what he said, and nobody else paid attention to his words. How to avoid going over the fiscal cliff: “God only knows.” That’s it, John! That’s it Mr. President! That’s it members of Congress! God only knows is the answer. Well, did anyone ask him? Him being God. You remember God? Did anyone open the meeting with a prayer like our founding fathers did? Did anyone ask God to help us out of this mess? And, dear reader, if you say we should keep God out of this, keep church and state separate, that’s bull and down deep you know it. Our government, our country, is going downhill fast. Maybe we have to hit rock, rock bottom, before we ask for divine help. If you want to go it alone, fine. But there is something looming that no one is aware of. You will be surprised by what or who is going to take over our great country. Then it will be too late. And, it’s already starting. Seniors need to be wary of Washington decisions There are still many politicians in Washington, D.C., who still want to cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. Other older-care programs are facing possible cuts on March 1, 2013. Retirees and workers have to be vigilant against threats to economic security. Contrary to belief, and propaganda, economic problems are not caused by Medicaid or medical benefits. Not only seniors should be vigilant, but also our active workers, and the baby boomers. Cash-strapped county needs to move forward I’ve read with great interest the articles relating to the tax collectors’ per-bill pay. Luzerne County has no money. Why would the county think of outsourcing collections or keeping the old system in place? If in-house collections can be done by hiring back a couple of the dismissed County employees, do it. To think that almost $500,000 is paid out to an antiquated system makes no sense except to those in office. Changes occur: this is 2012 not 1900. United States has a most curious business model The United States government is a business. It’s been in business for more than 230 years. It employs millions of people. It never runs out of money. The government prints money seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It’s represented by a two-party system and we the people are the customers. The majority of the customers are registered to one party. If the party in control of the business fails, it blames the other party and its customers. The government runs a Ponzi scheme by both parties on the people. Some benefit, others are punished. The business is nearly 17 trillion in debt. We, the people, tell the business leaders the problems, and to solve the problems, and the customers and the leaders create more problems. The news media loves all of the problems the government creates, it creates so many jobs in that sector. The truth of the matter is that if the government ran a perfect business, the customers would be out of business. Don’t be misinformed about the Fair Tax Act The Fair Tax Act proposes a tax on all new merchandise and services in place of all income taxes, payroll taxes, corporation taxes, and taxes on dividends, interest, and capital gains. Critics of the act, which proposes a 23 percent inclusive tax, have confused the issue by saying that this law is in reality a 30 percent tax. Send us your opinion Letters to the editor must include the writer’s name, address and daytime phone number for verification. Letters should be no more than 250 words. We reserve the right to edit and limit writers to one published letter every 30 days. • Email: mailbag@timesleader.com • Fax: 570-829-5537 • Mail: Mail Bag, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 1871 1 Richard Cohen Kingston Emory Guffrovich Pittston John J. Rygiel Wyoming Robert D. Dougherty Waymart Melanie Manning Fairview Township George J. Kochis Kingston Patrick R. Burkett Bend, OR

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