News and Tribune

July 3, 2013


A few thoughts on the Tea Party

Mr. John Krueger of Clarksville must have awakened with a bad hair day when he wrote his letter to the editor published June 6. He accused President Obama of covering up the Benghazi affair. 

He must not of covered it up too well since he seems to know all about it.

Now, let’s change gears here a little bit. Naiveté isn’t dead yet. There are a lot of well-meaning Tea Party members out there, many of whom are right here in Clark County and also many of whom I have considered my friends for years. But, I do wish that you would stand back and take a good look at what you really stand for.

Your taxing and spending ideas in an ideal world would be very commendable, but as things are in this real world, they are very unrealistic. Understandingly, you cannot borrow yourself out of debt, nor are there many ways of advancing without incurring additional debt. 

We have to do exactly what the Federal Reserve is doing at this present time — borrow money from China and sell our products back to China. Apparently, they need us as badly as we need them. Maybe sooner or later our kids will come up with a better solution. Also, you bill yourselves as patriots in such a way that it sounds as if you are implying that the rest of us are less patriotic and lesser of a citizen than you. 

Rand Paul wants to sue the Obama administration for collecting and storing information that we can readily access in order to keep us safe from terrorism. In fact, this process has already worked successfully, many times according to the National Security Agency. In my opinion, this is a small price to pay unless you have something to hide.

In the meanwhile, look for Paul to recommend some kind of congressional medal of commendation for NSA contractor (traitor) Edward Snowden. He may even get some help from his newly acquired comrade, Mitch McConnell.

You Tea Partiers are going to keep it up until you make the Republican Party look half-way respectable.

Now, having said all this. I see nothing wrong with the IRS targeting any group that applies for tax-exempt status, whether it be the Tea Party or some other fringe group. As for the abusiveness of the IRS, I’m not sure they are abusive enough when it comes to all of the high-rolling tax cheats, money launderers and big businesses who cache their billions off shore after amassing it on our shores, leaving the rest of us to pay the difference.

— Charlie Gregory, Charlestown 


Clarksville: city vs. town

After several years, the issue of whether Clarksville should become a city or not has been brought up again. 

While it might have some merit — such as finally allowing voters in districts to elect their representative instead of allowing everyone in town — it also has its downsides. Among them are who might become mayor, would we have the associated problems we’ve seen in adjoining cities and, of course, Clarksville would lose its sole designation as the oldest town in the old northwest area.  

With the population forecast to only increase by 1,000 by the year 2030, it would seem adding a town manager to the seven-member council would be a much better option. Bringing up the city issue has all the earmarks of a political distraction from the main issue of district versus townwide voting. Basically, our residents should have the freedom of choice as to who represents their district and the town.  

Prior to the last election, Councilman Bob Polston stated he was for district voting. It may have helped him get elected. After the election he changed positions. He then indicated he was going to take a poll on district voting, which to the best of my knowledge he never did. He also choose to ignore the only barometer from our residents when town hall meetings were overwhelmingly in favor of voting by district.  

Be that as it may, everyone has a chance to hear the results of the committee study and be heard on city vs. town on Tuesday July 9, starting at 7 p.m., at the Town Hall in Clarksville.

— John Krueger, Clarksville