Sick of politics, pork - Catholic Courier

Sick of politics, pork

To the editor:

I am upset with politics as usual. This is where my thoughts are:

1) Pork barreling needs to be eliminated from our state and federal governments. If communities truly need or want something, they can work for it and not rely on government.

2) Paid lobbyists need to be a “thing of the past.” Volunteer lobbyists traveling to a state capital or D.C. need to pay any travel expenses from their personal pockets.

3) All elected officials from the federal government on down need to serve their constituents for 8-10 years with no perks and a salary comparable to the average American. These elected positions should be looked at as service to the community, state and federal governments. Maybe if more Americans served as elected officials, more leadership roles in our communities would be developed which would certainly have a positive rippling effect.

4) The “silent majority” needs to get active — too few make all of the decisions. As much as the “silent majority” complains, that is as far as it goes. Action not words.

5) Freedom of choice: I cannot believe that American women find this right so valuable. As a woman, mother of daughters and a true feminist, I am appalled that any woman thinks the scraping of her uterus to exterminate a human life is a valid right. What have we sacrificed for this right — the blood of over 40 million innocent preborn babies in the last 35 years??? The choice needs to come before conception. We need civil rights for human life!!

Kathy Peters

Indian Hills Drive

Waterloo

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