2/8 Letters to the editor

Cost of living only continuing to rise
Government wants to raise the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour. Gasoline now cost us $2.20 to $2.50 per gallon. Democrats do not want our reduction of taxes made permanent. In fact, they encourage taxes to be raised as a way to pay off our trillion dollars of indebtedness. But the real purpose for tax increases is to provide more federal/state spending — not for paying off our loans.

When is this going to end? I do not know. All I do know is that I pay $8 to $10 for a breakfast, $40 to $50 to fill my car with gasoline while the utilities, rent or mortgage payments, etc., have reached new excessive high costs.

We may soon dry up our Ogallala water. It all seems like an end to self-destruction. Even our governor is going wild to spend millions of dollars inherited from the high gas and oil income that our state is enjoying.

If the people hold the power over this democratic government, we better do a better job of exercising our power.

Len J. Santi

Cartoons no more offensive than behavior
After looking at the original cartoons behind the riots around the world, I am more puzzled about the behavior of the Muslim world than before. The cartoons of controversy depict the behavior of the followers of Mohammed imposed on his image. For example, radical Muslims plant bombs on their persons and blow people up.

One cartoon shows a bomb in Mohammed’s turban. What is the problem? If their behavior does not humiliate him, why do the cartoons? Perhaps that is why they are so angry. The cartoons show that the reputation of Mohammed is damaged by their actions, and they are embarrassed about it.

This would be a good time to exhort Muslim friends to repudiate radical behavior.

Carolyn Spence