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Make it stop

February 24, 2013

When will the insanity stop? 1. We have in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a Governor who has severely cut aid to education in the last several years....

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gavinf56

Feb-25-13 5:38 AM

Thanks nobud74, but honestly I know lots of people who have done the same thing.

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nobud74

Feb-24-13 9:25 PM

Gav, you are the minority, my friend. Most who are presented with the obstacles and challenges you have had will simply fold and become part of the drain on the rest of the working populace. You did the right things and you have children who will carry on your values, drive and resiliency. Thank you. We need more teachers such as yourself. You are evidence the American Dream is alive and well, provided you are not a victim minded sloth. Like some who would like to have the govt hold their hands through life. The pride and self worth you know is something those folks will never experience.

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eric88

Feb-24-13 4:18 PM

What a good letter by a democrat drone. Shut down the brain and recite idiotic DNC talking points. Great to see some of the "intelligent" d pullers on parade.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 1:45 PM

So according to the Liberal I killed the "American Dream" by touting responsibility. This is indeed a sad statement from a man who thinks he knows what he's talking about.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 12:05 PM

Yea Tgrammiex4, it can be challenging and there is little doubt that today's job market is a tough one, especially in the Williamsport area.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 12:02 PM

"You're not living it Gavin." CMReeder

Hmmm, we own our home, I am the sole breadwinner for thee household (the wife is a homemaker), our daughter graduated from college with a degree that has real value in the business world and is living a life better than her parents had.

Yep, you're right Chuck, we missed it.

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Tgrammiex4

Feb-24-13 11:50 AM

Sorry to hear that Gavin.So you know 1st hand how tough it can be.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 11:46 AM

"...and once again, I and everyone I know live it every day. Just because you have failed does not mean that it is no longer attainable."

You're not living it Gavin.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 11:45 AM

Then Premier there is no American Dream, you just killed it.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 11:33 AM

Dealt with it 3 times, even changing careers and starting back at the bottom.

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Tgrammiex4

Feb-24-13 11:19 AM

This reccession went far beyond those that bought more house than they could afford.Many bought within thier means and never dreamed after working for a company 15-20 years that they would find themselves unemployed. When your income drops 40% it is tough.It's also tough to find a new job when you are over 45-50. Experience doesn't count so much anymore, the bottom line is who will work for the lowest wages.I'm glad you all have not had to deal with job loss, but alot of people have.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 11:08 AM

Part of the American Dream is the ability to own a home. The American Dream is to work at wage that you can buy a home. The "American Dream is not to go so deep into debt that you line the pockets of others and then have that dream yanked from you along with your job. The American Dream is that your children will have it better than you did not worse and less." - CMReeder

...and once again, I and everyone I know live it every day. Just because you have failed does not mean that it is no longer attainable.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 10:54 AM

Well Mr. Reeder how about this. There are no guarantees in this world except death and taxes. Home ownership is at an all time high and with that comes responsibilities. Now if you or I purchased a home without understanding the full structure of that purchase along with the repayment schedule then we only have ourselves to blame.

It is not up to the banks to find us a job, it's not the taxpayers responsability, it's ours.

And then you go on to say you want our children to have it better than we did but you advocate for all things that will ensure that never happens. A strong country begins with a strong foundation and being 17 trillion and more in debt is cripling us. If we were debt free Mr.Reeder our dollar would go twice as far making that "American Dream" more plausible.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 10:03 AM

I see Premier that you are going to be crass and unwilling to discuss anything by the tenor of your posts.

Part of the American Dream is the ability to own a home. The American Dream is to work at wage that you can buy a home. The American Dream is not to go so deep into debt that you line the pockets of others and then have that dream yanked from you along with your job. The American Dream is that your children will have it better than you did not worse and less.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 9:56 AM

"I, along with nearly everyone I know live the dream everyday, and none of us are rich or powerful."

Where did I imply that being rich and powerful is the American Dream?

You have the rise of the Tea Party from the right and the rise of Occupy Wall Street from the left both were reactions to the consequences of the economic system. They are seeing their American Dream being diminished. Basic wages can not cover basic needs, more members of the family have to work in order to survive. Their children attend college to help achieve the American Dream and graduating with deep debt before landing a job that will pay off the debt and contribute to society. Inequality is not the American dream.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 9:54 AM

The "American Dream" at one time was to purchase a home. I guess now it means that someone else should purchase it for you.

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Premier

Feb-24-13 9:51 AM

Would I be asking to much for Mr. Reeder to share with us his idea of the "American Dream"?

I'm sure it differs 100% from my interpretation because I won't be relying on anyone but myself to obtain it.

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 9:03 AM

Well then Bufftrev1, it is on Charles comment that we will have to disagree then.

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max4ever

Feb-24-13 9:03 AM

Excellent letter! Everyone posting about cutting "perks" for government employees is correct. I could never figure out why they get to retire in their mid fifties and the rest of us are expected to work until we are 70!! What makes them so special? Until the citizens of this nation stand up and say "enough is enough" the pork and reckless spending of our tax dollars will continue. Most elected officials are a joke. The lavish spending from the top down needs to be addressed and those responsible need to be held accountable. Let's start with the 20 million the Obama's have spent just on vacations to Hawaii! I don't begrudge him vacation, but 20 million in 4 years just to Hawaii!! He pretends he is an advocate for the middle class, while he continues to steal from us, our children and grandchildren. CaymanJim is correct--won't be long until we join the other Third World countries.

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Bufftrev1

Feb-24-13 9:00 AM

Hi gavin, I agree with your comment below.. but I also see and agree with Charles's point as well..

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gavinf56

Feb-24-13 8:44 AM

I, along with nearly everyone I know live the dream everyday, and none of us are rich or powerful.

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CMReeder

Feb-24-13 8:39 AM

When will it stop? It won't until the people are finally fed up with being crushed by the rich and powerful and realize that there is no American Dream any more.

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eriklatranyi

Feb-24-13 7:50 AM

1) I didn't know the purpose of education spending was to keep hiring teachers as they graduate from college.

2) Chicago also has the most severe gun control laws. Regardless, Chicago also has over 10,000 violent assaults per year...that makes the potential for 10,000 deaths. Nations such as Britain have few firearms, but far higher crime rates.

3) Oil companies do not control the price of oil. The price is set by the market. But, if it makes you feel better, our refineries are gearing up to process domestic oil (North Dakota and Tar Sands) which cost less to purchase and make us less dependent on foreign oil.

4) No, everyone does not have to buy health insurance. If your income is below a threshold, health insurance will be given to you. Of course, you have the option of paying a small penalty if you do not buy health insurance. Since you cannot be denied, you do not have to buy a policy until you in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

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enigma

Feb-24-13 7:36 AM

When will it Stop?

That's what I was wondering while I was reading this letter. Every point contains errors about some very important aspect of the issue. It's hard to take someone seriously when he can't get even the basic facts straight.

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Bufftrev1

Feb-24-13 7:18 AM

Well said, carl..

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