February 16, 2022, Letters to the Editor

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Thanks for covering high school

Editor:

First I want to start by saying how much I appreciate all the articles dealing with Douglas High School sports or Douglas High School in general. Much of the community sometimes overlooks Douglas High, and I really appreciate the recognition you give the school.

I’m training to be a pilot, so I’m so excited for the Blue Angels to come to town, your newest post has me even more excited. I can’t wait for future posts on interesting activities and news to keep the community informed. Thank you for your time.

Evan Gray

Johnson Street

Don’t write between the lines

Editor:

It gets boring.

It seems some have a paranoia about Trump being falsely accused of anything vaguely suggesting he did something even borderline inappropriate. I suggest that they consider only what was contained in my letters and stop trying to falsely attach what is not there.

My original letter presented the long historical record of both political parties increasing the national debt each year. I accused both political parties and did not mention any of their many historical leaders of increasing the national debt. The problem is within the system attributed to everyone involved and not to any individual. Again, the letter is directed at what I considered to be a long-standing issue in our core system. It is addressed to the system and not to a particular individual.

I pointed out what I considered to be erroneous facts brought to light in later letters. Therefore, I later referred to authors mentioning Trump. My criticisms are of their assumptions, not of Trump.

As for Morris, with a finite limit on the money supply, there is simply a limit to funds for goods and services and the amount of their sales cannot increase beyond the money available to pay for them. There is simply no more money available to meet an overall price increase. It is an obvious truth, an axiom, that a growing money supply is a necessary condition for unlimited inflation. Although suggested by Morris, no perspective will minimize this basic fact. Efforts to mitigate the inflationary impact of rising money supply, the national debt, are fundamentally flawed. The other factors behind continued inflation are many and varied, but they unquestionably depend on the increase in the money supply.

Without passing judgment on Trump or Biden, I point out what I consider to be inconsistencies in what she says about them.

The effect of the rising national debt is not mitigated by the purpose for which the money was spent. Both parties during their presidencies have dramatically increased the national debt, period.

Furthermore, Morris argued that “Trump was, indeed, a big spender”…he beefed up our military, cut taxes and reduced debt.

During the first three years of Trump’s presidency, the average tax paid per personal return was $3,028. Data is not yet available for its fourth year. The average tax paid for the previous three years was $2,981. Personal income tax paid by declaration has not been lowered.

During his presidency, the national debt grew by more than $7 trillion. He did not reduce the debt, but the whole system increased it.

Additionally, military spending during his presidency averaged 3.35% of GDP each year. The average for the previous 10 years was 4.23% of GDP. His supposed large expenditures were not to greatly strengthen the army.

If you want to comment on Trump or Biden, so be it. But please stop trying to tie them to my premise that the ever-increasing money supply is a system-wide problem.

Ben Justus

Gardnerville

Maybe give someone else a chance

Editor:

Since 1789, there have been 115 justices on the Supreme Court. Of these, 108 or 94% were white men. But that’s not all they have in common. Of the 115 judges, 91 are or were Protestant. I have nothing against Protestant white men. I myself am a white Protestant woman.

There are over 200 law schools in the United States, but a preponderance of Supreme Court justices have attended Harvard or Yale, and the majority of justices come from the East Coast.

Picking a Supreme Court nominee outside of the cookie-cutter white male Protestant mold does not automatically mean the nominee is of lesser quality. James F. Byrnes (1941-1942) was the last white man appointed to the Supreme Court who did not attend law school and did not even graduate from high school. There were 47 other judges who never attended law school and 18 judges who attended law school but never graduated. These guys weren’t exactly the best of the best, but they were all white men.

I am confident that whoever appoints President Biden to the Supreme Court will have impeccable credentials. White men make up approximately 30% of our population, let’s give the 70% non-white men a chance to serve on the Supreme Court to better reflect the diversity of our country and the diversity of our views.

Alice Meyer

Gardnerville


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