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January 29, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Jan. 29

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Art has a place in Jeffersonville, and the evidence of this has been obvious during our full JAM sessions. We are excited about our plans for the future, and we only have one requirement — be positive. There is no place for negativity and gossip in our world.

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— Dawn Struck, Jeffersonville

 

Government needs to take action

In November, the American people decided to give Barack Obama, the Senate Democrats, and House Republicans a second chance. Now that they have all been sworn into office, it is time for them to get to work.

Over the last four years, both sides in Washington have played games, they have created crisis upon crisis to try to one up their opponents, all the while continuing to ignore the most pressing issues that face the American people.

Most recently, in a lame-duck session of Congress, after the president was securely voted into a second term, they created a lot of hype over what was called a “fiscal cliff.” This crisis was created by a series of deals made over the last two years.

In the ultimate deal that was passed to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” taxes went up on all Americans earning a paycheck (after the President and Democrats promised not to let that happen for anyone making under $250,000 a year) and nothing was done to curb spending.

Washington must take serious steps now to solving our financial problems. Over the next three months the debt ceiling, sequestration cuts and expiring continuing resolution and annual budget have to be addressed. How do we approach these critical issues? 

First, Congressman Young is holding constituent meetings from 1:45 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Jeffersonville. Call his office at 812-288-3999 for an appointment. We deserve to be a part of the conversation and an opportunity to discuss the critical votes that lie ahead.

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