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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:38 pm | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 27, 2012 

To the editor:

Studies show that American children rank 23rd in the world academically, but they rank first in self-esteem. Yay! We’re all winners!

Thomas Sowell points out that the rhetoric on wanting the rich to “pay their fair share” is just code word for “more.” They have no mathematical or philosophical formula for determining a fair share.

President Obama didn’t “evolve” on gay marriage. He lied about his previous position. Gays should be offended.

Paul Krugman writes a lot about economic inequality, yet the liberal state he lives in, New Jersey, is one of the most unequal states in the country.

The CNBC documentary show “American Greed” should instead be called “American Fraud.” The show is about the fraudulent, illegal pursuit of wealth, while almost all Americans are “greedy” (devout Buddhists and Amish withstanding) in the sense that we want and have way more than we need to survive.

In the state capital building, there is one room where only legislators and former legislators (lobbyists) are allowed. Maybe we should broadcast that room’s feed on PBS’s “Gavel to Gavel” coverage of the Legislature instead.

In the 2012 West Virginia Democratic presidential primary, Texas prison convict Keith Judd won 41 percent of the vote against President Obama. If democracy gave us Obama with Keith Judd as the runner up, maybe it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Prisoners should be required to work 12 hours per day, 6 days per week to help cover the high cost of their imprisonment. It might even help rehabilitate them.

If every time we got asked to donate to a politician, we took $20 and sent it to an international humanitarian relief organization such as Partners Relief (helping the oppressed in Burma) or Water Wells for Africa, we actually could make a difference.

The real lesson from Libya is that it’s unwise to have a presence in countries that do not truly threaten our national security and that are hostile to us. It wouldn’t show weakness, but brains.

The most under-appreciated job may well be those of the volunteer firefighters and EMTs. They work year-round to save our homes and our lives, but rarely ever get thanked. So thank you.

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