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Our fiscal path is unsustainable

Like so many others, I am dismayed at the status of today's politics.

Apparently, a majority of Americans either do not understand the basic tenets of economics, or are so short-term selfish that they do not care that our nation is being insidiously destroyed before our very eyes.

Neither party, as witnessed by the cliff deal, is performing its fiduciary responsibility of living within a budget. We haven't even had a budget for years.

Newsflash for those who continue to support something for nothing, progressive politics and economics: the U.S. government cannot endlessly outspend revenues. This ongoing cycle of outspending revenues will inevitably result in: more very large tax increases for everyone (and not just the rich); the Fed printing even more money to fund the new deficits and debt; horrendous inflation (witness current crude oil and food prices and multiply 10-fold); dramatically reduced buying power for everyone; as prices go up and people and businesses buy less, we move into the next recession; ultimately depression along with 40-plus percent unemployment, starvation, etc.

I am ashamed to be part of the me generation that is primarily responsible for this spending madness.

I feel terrible for the pain that my children and grandchildren are going to suffer for our greed.

Wake up, folks! It may already be too late! Where are out patriots? Where are our statesmen? Where are our brains?

Now that we are charging reasonable taxes to millionaires and billionaires and have jacked up lower and middle-income Social Security taxes, are we ready to begin cutting spending?

Even if we are not willing or able to reduce our $16.4 trillion debt, can we at least cut deficit spending so we can stop adding to it?

Luzerne pantry grateful to donors

The volunteers of the Holy Family Food Pantry in Luzerne thanks the following groups for taking up collections for our pantry in the past few months.

They are: The Knights of Columbus Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne; Wyoming Valley West High School student council, Plymouth; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Swoyersville; Bennett Presbyterian Church, Luzerne; the Merchants Association for donating the proceeds from the pumpkin derby held during its fall pumpkin festival.

Food collections such as these are invaluable to us. They enable us to continue our work of distributing food to many needy families in our area. God bless you all.

Blunt advocate right about dogs

I used to live in the Mountain Top area, but since have moved closer to Syracuse, N.Y., to be near family.

Every once in a while, I would watch my daughter's dog for her, and would walk the dog on one of the back roads in Mountain Top. There was a woman with long black hair who also walked her dogs on that road every day. There were several times when she corrected me about the treatment of my dog and it really annoyed me.

She fiercely defended the dog with me. She is a very well-known advocate for dogs in the area.

She told me that the dogs did not have a voice and someone had to speak for them. She said that dogs are like 2- and 3-year-old children and should be treated in the same manner. And if I didn't feel that the dog was part of the family, then maybe I shouldn't be around dogs.

She said people think they own dogs but cannot because you can't own a soul. She told me they were on loan to us from heaven for a short time because they got the selfless thing more quickly than stubborn humans. She gave me some advice and I didn't listen to her and when I would get annoyed, she would answer, Ask your vet and they'll confirm what I just said.

She was right every single time. She said she leaned the hard way herself many times, and just wanted to spare any other dog or owner the same problems. She said to me one hot day: Would you drink out of that creek? Then your dog shouldn't be drinking out of it either!

I wish I had listened to what she had to say to me. My dog developed serious health problems and I had to take him to the emergency room for IV fluids and medications because I continued to let him drink from creeks and ponds and he ingested parasites. The dog almost died.

I don't know where this woman lives, and I don't have her phone number but just wanted to thank her. I used to think of her as a meddling busybody who annoyed me, but now have a deep respect for her and learned a great deal from her. Keep up the good work and the good fight for dogs. They really need people like you.

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Bruce Kerr Dallas Carol Cardoni For the pantry volunteers Linda Pazluski Syracuse, NY

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