Archive for Saturday, February 7, 2009

Eutin example

February 7, 2009


To the editor:

I was embarrassed that you decided to print the remarks of Dave Spangler in the Feb. 3 On The Street column. Mr. Spangler answered the question “How should the city address the proposed budget cuts” by remarking that “They need to adopt (the policy) ‘If you don’t work, you don’t eat.’” In case he missed it, this attitude is a big part of the social economic system that put our economy in the ditch we find ourselves in.

I might suggest that Mr. Spangler look to Lawrence’s sister city, Eutin, Germany, for an example. Turns out the German government adopted a very generous system of social welfare a long time ago. Not only do Germans enjoy excellent working conditions and near-universal health care coverage, but they, unlike Mr. Spangler, do not find cruelty attractive and have made a decision Americans cannot seem to make: the decision that each of us deserves to eat every day.

The German government made these decisions, in part, to make their country less, not more, susceptible to socialism. Please check out some other options before you condemn your fellow citizens to starvation. There are those for whom work is not possible and they deserve special consideration. But basic human decency demands that we make sure we all can eat every day.

Jon Hudson,


i_tching 5 years, 2 months ago

Actually in this country it's more like "if you don't work AND you drive the entire economy into the ditch, you get a billion dollars."Modern American capitalism is a patchwork of fiefdoms run by greedy psychopaths. And you just love that, don't you? You think that's the best thing ever; a veritable heaven on earth.


Benjamin Roberts 5 years, 2 months ago

witchfindergeneral (Anonymous) says… "I will never understand how fiscal conservatives can value money over insuring that no American goes hungry. This failed ideology is selfish, inconsiderate, and, frankly, un-Christian."This statement is either un-researched or purposely falsified. Study after study has shown that conservatives out give liberals by 30% to 75%; the variance caused by election year motivations. Moreover, if current antidotal evidence is any indication, liberals seem reluctant to back even government programs via paying their taxes. Witchfindergeneral, intentions without action - as is the case with more liberals then conservatives – is not compassion.


Liberty_One 5 years, 2 months ago

witchfinder, it has nothing to do with valuing money, it has to do with common sense. When the government redistributes money in this fashion, it sucks up more and more of the economy. It isn't sustainable, just look at how our own government is growing and growing and growing. It won't last, we have a $70 trillion debt on our hands, and even if we had record economic growth for 50 years in a row without a single recession we still couldn't pay it all off. Your statist concern with stealing from others in the name of "caring" is going to ruin us all.


camper 5 years, 2 months ago

Sometimes I'm ashamed to be a member of the human race.


tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 2 months ago

Sounds somewhat incestuous, Lynn. Thank you, tange.


witchfindergeneral 5 years, 2 months ago

I will never understand how fiscal conservatives can value money over insuring that no American goes hungry. This failed ideology is selfish, inconsiderate, and, frankly, un-Christian.


hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

I dont; care about Eutin or Putin. But as long as Eutin is a sister city, can't they show some friendliness and ship enough spatzel and schnitzel for everyone in town along with some Lowenbrau. What kind of sibling wouldn't feed you.The Chamber of Commerce can have a Schnitzel feed for the whole town. We can gather and eat and hug and make up and sing german beer songs.


Lynn731 5 years, 2 months ago

Screw those sister cities, what a joke. Thank you, Lynn


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