How quickly the "easily bruised" are jumping all over Donald Trump. Trump said, "McCain disrespected me and I disrespected him back." Words said when you are angry should be seen in that light. Don't expect a strong man to kowtow to the whining voices of crybabies.
The vets, whom the media are trying to turn against Trump, are not so easily hurt by misspoken words. He will do more for vets than our present feckless leaders have done. Trump is not like our smooth-talking politicians who will lie through their teeth. He means what he says and knows how to follow through . He is like a junkyard dog. treat him right and he will treat you right attack him, and he'll eat you for lunch.
He is exactly who we need to negotiate trade deals to our advantage with foreign governments (and Iran).
Proceed with caution
The deduction of Social Security Income from state income taxes should not be abolished until a fairer system is established in Alabama for taxing retirees income.
Currently all retirees who receive pensions from "defined benefit plans," including former state and federal employees, pay zero Alabama income tax on their pensions. On the other hand, those who saved for retirement in a savings account, an IRA or in a 401K pay Alabama income tax on all funds paid from these plans. Most private companies have eliminated "defined benefit plans" and instead have 401K plans for their workers.
The Retirement Systems of Alabama alone currently pays benefits to over 100,000 people. In fiscal year 2013 they paid out $3,032,398 with none of this subject to Alabama income tax. Federal pensioners and a few people who were still able to retain their defined benefit plans are also getting a free ride. A fair number of these untaxed pensions are for more than $100,000 per year.
After a lawsuit, the state of Georgia solved the fairness issue by currently excluding $35,000 of income from state income tax for each retiree age 62 or over, regardless of the source of the income.
Our legislators should revise the Alabama Tax Code. These payments are currently the only deduction many retirees have.
They should know
It seems to me the solution to the Sunni/Shiite religious battles in Iraq might be to go to Ireland and enlist the help of the Catholic/Protestant people who battled each other for years but have for many years lived in modest harmony.
Perhaps the Irish can convince them that to salvage their country they must come to an accommodation.
After all, who knows more about religious warfare than the Irish?
For the record
I initially assumed the author of "Unsound practices" (July 17) had been abducted by aliens and was not on this planet when America's 2008 economic collapse occurred.
That might have explained his irrational charges. However, I quickly ruled out alien abduction. No self-respecting alien clone would have made the absurd accusation that Democrats forced "banks and mortgage companies to forego sound lending practices," collapsed the banking and housing markets and pretty well "tanked" our economy.
Simply put, the cause of the collapse was greed coupled with 12 years of failed Republican economic policies that weakened protective laws and regulations, cut oversight staffing of governmental regulators, and nurtured an unhealthy relationship with big money lobbyists from "too big to fail" banks and conglomerates.
Was it not a Republican-controlled Congress that oversaw the gutting of the Glass-Steagall Act prior to the economic collapse? Are they now not neutering the post-collapse Dodd-Frank Act? The first would have prevented the collapse. The latter was designed to protect America from a reoccurrence.
With both these laws gone, what will protect America the next time?
James H. Centric
The flag issue has generated a lot of talk about "state rights" but, whether you're for 'em or agin 'em, very few people understand the issue or how it became a Civil War issue.
Billy Winn has just published "The Triumph" on which the cover says, " Winn demonstrates the elusive but vital connection between the state rights philosophy -- brought to its fullest expression by firebrand Georgia Governor George M. Troup -- and the rise of the Old South and the coming of the Civil War."
"The Triumph" is a Historic Chattahoochee Commission publication and will give the reader an understanding of the issues that even today divide us.
On July 6, I was in attendance when the Columbus Lions won the PIFL championship. Thank you to the owners for bringing this team to Columbus and to the Lions management staff for running a first class program. Thank you to the coaches and players for acknowledging fans before, during and after games. Where else can you go and interact with a team like you do in Columbus? They take time after a game and sign autographs or take pictures with the fans.
Next year when the season begins make sure you go and see your Lions play. Who knows, if you are lucky enough you may take home a T-shirt or better yet -- a football.
Thank you, Lions, for the fun this year!