Digging deeper into government debt
Our country is approaching $ 30 trillion in accumulated debt. Much of this debt is the result of social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment benefits. These are great benefits, and our elected officials are responsible for the proper maintenance of these valuable programs. We have known for years that Social Security and Medicare would run out of money, but our elected representatives have been completely unable to deal with the problem.
Now the same elected officials are proposing several additional social programs such as pre-K education, day care, university education, extended family leave and forgiveness of college loans. They suggest they will pay for these programs by taxing the wealthy and business, but their financial projections include 10 years of revenue from the tax increase and only three years of cost to the social programs, as the proposal is to have a three-year sunset on the social programs . We know that the same elected representatives are not able to deal with any financial crisis and are certainly not able to remove or significantly change social programs.
This will lead to ever-increasing government debt, as we know there is no chance that they will remove any social program once it has been installed. The three-year sunset clause is a joke, and they know it. There’s an old saying – when you’re in a hole, stop digging. These elected officials are desperately trying to dig a much deeper hole. Hopefully they make sense.
Ron Wobbeking, Naples
The San Marco Knights of Columbus celebrate 50 years
Knights of Columbus San Marco Council # 6344 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On Thursday, January 13, 1972, 30 knights formed the San Marco Council. Alexander Ayyot was the founding knight. The council was formed to provide service to the church and the community, to support charities at the local, state, and national levels, and to help knights improve their Catholic identity.
Our council supported the Church of San Marco by working as speakers, officers, and Eucharistic pastors from the beginning of the council.
Council Knights benefit charities such as the Catholic Faith Appeal, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, Police Foundation, Fire & Rescue Foundation and many other charities. Shortly after the council was formed, fundraising events such as the golf tournament began 48 years ago, and spaghetti dinners and bingo nights began 40 years ago. The council also holds Fish Fry dinners, an annual Tootsie Roll Drive for organizations specifically helping the intellectually challenged and of recent origins, the car shows and concerts that began three years ago. We donate thousands of dollars to charities and provide tens of thousands of hours of service to the Church and the community each year. Knights donate many hours of service to local organizations that help those in need, such as Habitat for Humanity.
The council also provides support to our woman’s assistant, Columbiettes, at their events, such as Treasures in the Trunk and Winter Wonderland Dance. Maria Lodeiro, the great knight’s wife, Jose Lodeiro, brought the idea of forming a woman’s aide to our council, and Columbiettes was founded on March 2, 2008. Barbara Prigge was their first president. Columbiettes have since their formation worked at council and assembly events. The Council could not hold such successful events without the very valuable help of Columbiettes.
It’s been an amazing 50 years. Help us celebrate the council’s 50th anniversary by attending our bingo evenings on Thursdays, January 6, 2022, to April 7, 2022, at the San Marco Parish Center with the doors open at 6 p.m. 5:30
pm and bingo starts at. 19. For more information, contact 239-389-5633 or visit our website at sanmarcoknights.com.
Steven Layng, Marco Island
Thoughts on Roe v. Wade, abortion
By accepting the abortion case of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court committed a multi-generational error. The idea that the creators of the Constitution intended abortion to be a constitutional right is absurd.
The case was brought by people who wanted to secure themselves through the judicial system
a right they could not get through the democratic legislative process. It is the ultimate example of judge-made law.
I am in favor of abortion upon request. To me, the idea of a woman having to go through pregnancy, childbirth and 18 years of support for an unwanted child because of someone else’s religion or belief for me is not only wrong, but cruel.
I hope to see Roe v. Wade topple.
Women may not have the constitutional right to abortion, but state legislators can give them the legal right. And that right the elected representatives of the electorate will have given, not by a court. Such rights are properly granted, based on the will of the people, and difficult to take away.
Bob Stabile, Bonita Springs
More:Letters to the Editors, 7 Jan.