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‘Heartfelt remarks’ show solution to problems

Published 11:51am Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dear Editor,

The country entered what has been termed sequestration. In reality, instead of massive cuts as was threatened by our president, it turns out to be simply less of an increase in the budget. As a result of this action, we will spend a little over 2 percent less than we would have spent had this action not been taken.

Of course, many in Washington are blaming the other side for this move. The president blames the Republicans (not just Congress), and the Republicans are blaming the Democrats and the president.

It’s always someone else’s fault.

We have now well over $16 trillion of national debt with no sign of slowing down. The pervasive pessimism in our country seems to be stifling many aspects of our society. Hard-working and tax-paying citizens are feeling oppressed and abused. Many in our country are receiving costly entitlement benefits without having ever contributed to the tax base, whether intentionally or through no fault of their own.

At times there seems to be no way out of our dilemma.

I was encouraged and refreshed by the comments(now widely distributed) by Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who spoke recently at the National Prayer Breakfast in front of the president and many political dignitaries. His soft spoken, rational and heartfelt remarks hit the mark of how we may get out of the incredible mess in which we find our country. His invocation of common sense, Christian values and biblical teachings seemed to me to be a reasonable prescription for our ills.

I encourage the readers of this paper to find Dr. Carson’s speech on YouTube and listen to this brief but cogent message. It is perhaps the only encouragement our troubled nation has had in some time.

Billy Sellers

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