Nation going the wrong way

I am a concerned citizen on what is happening in our country at the present time. We were talking about cutting the retirement benefits for our senior citizens as far as medical benefits. This is wrong in so many ways that I feel some of these people have paid out of pocket money for the benefits now that the government wants to take away. The reason I say this, they paid their taxes to get these benefits when they retire. Now we have state government taking from the youngest portion of our great nation, it is the future education of our children. My children are grown and out of school. It does not matter because these are our future leaders that the government is going to damage, not only their minds, but values. If we take from them now, as they get older they will remember when they have to do the cuts needed to make budgets. They will then say, remember what was done to us as children to our education. Hopefully, I am wrong. Next, they were also talking about the salaries from the military personnel that protect our freedom. What a bunch of idiots. I work for a large company and have been with them for many years. Many years ago when the company was in money problems, we did not cut wages from the people that did the hard work (military) nor did we take money from the people to feed their families. They continued to get annual pay raises so they could continue to feed their families. (Schools and retirement benefits.) What was done, all the management personnel took a wage freeze for three years. This was done to keep the company running and minimize loss. Once again, we were told a few years ago that we were in a bad situation and that we would need to freeze management wages again and see when we start making money about reinstating them. Well, we finally got the raise and were glad to see it. Now for the big question, if it came up again and it will, will Congress take the wage freeze to help get benefits back to the people that they are voted into office to defend or flush our children's education and our military down the drain? I am not very articulate nor do I have a higher education, I am just a proud member of the great United States. At the present time I kind of feel like the New Orleans Saints fans did many years ago. Where is my paper bag?

I am a concerned citizen on what is happening in our country at the present time. We were talking about cutting the retirement benefits for our senior citizens as far as medical benefits. This is wrong in so many ways that I feel some of these people have paid out of pocket money for the benefits now that the government wants to take away. The reason I say this, they paid their taxes to get these benefits when they retire. Now we have state government taking from the youngest portion of our great nation, it is the future education of our children. My children are grown and out of school. It does not matter because these are our future leaders that the government is going to damage, not only their minds, but values. If we take from them now, as they get older they will remember when they have to do the cuts needed to make budgets. They will then say, remember what was done to us as children to our education. Hopefully, I am wrong. Next, they were also talking about the salaries from the military personnel that protect our freedom. What a bunch of idiots. I work for a large company and have been with them for many years. Many years ago when the company was in money problems, we did not cut wages from the people that did the hard work (military) nor did we take money from the people to feed their families. They continued to get annual pay raises so they could continue to feed their families. (Schools and retirement benefits.) What was done, all the management personnel took a wage freeze for three years. This was done to keep the company running and minimize loss. Once again, we were told a few years ago that we were in a bad situation and that we would need to freeze management wages again and see when we start making money about reinstating them. Well, we finally got the raise and were glad to see it. Now for the big question, if it came up again and it will, will Congress take the wage freeze to help get benefits back to the people that they are voted into office to defend or flush our children's education and our military down the drain? I am not very articulate nor do I have a higher education, I am just a proud member of the great United States. At the present time I kind of feel like the New Orleans Saints fans did many years ago. Where is my paper bag?

TONY BARRAZA,