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ETSU's future, animal cruelty and Obama in Friday's Forum

Staff Report • Sep 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

'Kudos' to ETSU's vision of the future

I read the front-page story, “ETSU in 2036,” by (Assistant News Editor) Rex Barber on Sept. 8 and I wanted to say “kudos” to East Tennessee State University’s Committee for 125 for brain-storming ideas about the growth and development of the institution that far into the future. Kudos indeed.CADILLAC CURTISJohnson City

Nothing but cruelty

I’m in my 60s and I remember, as a kid, seeing the poor walking horses dragged out of their trailers by their tails at a show in the area. They were to sore to even ride upright in the trailer then, and the abuse continues today with Tennessee Walking Horse supporters looking the other way and rationalizing that the horses enjoy that “Big Lick Gait.” Insanity.It’s nothing but cruelty. If you compare the size of the front feet with the hind leg feet in a photograph that was published with a story on walking horse abuse in this paper on Labor Day, you can see the whole story.There are all these rules and sanctions, but walking horse people (breeders and exhibitors) don’t truly care about the welfare of the horses — only the prizes. Hopefully, one day they will get their prize.N. STITTLimestone

Broke and bankrupt

A recent letter stated that the president had done a good job bringing the country out of the depression. If you call the worst recovery in history, with a record number of people on food stamps, an unemployment rate at almost 15 percent (when you count those that have stopped looking, according to Forbes) and household income continuing to fall (8.1 percent drop since 2007, according to CNN) a good job I would hate to see what it would look like if it gets bad.“Who would benefit the most with the repeal of Obamacare?” Well the insurance companies wrote much of Obamacare. The law states that if you do not have insurance you must purchase insurance from an insurance company, it sure seems that they have it pretty good now. The repealing of Obamacare means they would lose the bill that forces people to buy from them.“Republicans are against Social Security.” Yes, I am against a government-run Ponzi scheme that is so good that Congress exempted themselves from participating. I would rather take reasonability for my own retirement instead of being forced into a program that returns less than 2 percent — if I get any at all. Try running a similar program and you would be put in jail like Bernie Madoff. It is sad that so many are satisfied with the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.Democrats receive the overwhelming low-income vote so it is no wonder why they want more people unemployed and poor. That’s their voting block. If we continue with their polices this country will be just like Detroit after 40 years of Democratic control — broke and bankrupt.MARK WILLISBluff City

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