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Nuns on Bus could teach Ryan



Published: Mon, October 22, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Nuns on Bus could teach Ryan

Last weekend, Paul Ryan staged a photo-op at Youngstown’s St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen—showing up for 15 minutes, after it had closed, he washed, perhaps, a few pots and pans.

At the same time, the “Nuns on the Bus” made a 1,000 mile journey through Ohio with women religious from across the state, highlighting the important work that these often humble women do in a variety of social service agencies. These same social service agencies would have their budgets drastically cut if Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget were enacted nationwide.

Instead of trying to stage photo-ops for political points, perhaps Rep. Ryan should take a lesson from the “Nuns on the Bus.” I’m sure that they would love to host him at one of the agencies that they work at every day, to hear from and to work with our society’s most vulnerable populations.

Nawal Rajeh, Austintown

Bringing Congress down a peg

Our do-nothing Congress and Senate are at it again, doing nothing.

Here’s my take on lowering the national debt. Since Congress and the Senate work half the year or less, cut their pay in half. Put term limits on them. Take their retirement fund and put it in Social Security. They draw Social Security just like everyone else. No more giving themselves a $6,000 to $8,000 raise every year. Make them pay for their own health insurance, just like everyone else. Any law that they make applies to them as well. No exceptions.

They’re out of control taking care of themselves. They’ve made laws and exempted themselves from the laws, which is unconstitutional.

People, we deserve better. A lot better. My question to all of you would be, how do we get this on the national ballot?

Bob Hogue Sr., Hubbard


Comments

1eebee(13 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I would believe it to be Paul Ryan's intent to visit a Christian charity if the media were not in tow.

From MYCAP's website: Welcome to MYCAP, a center for community services, support, and help in moving to self-sufficiency and a better life for you and your family. We provide Head Start classes for children to the age of 5, Weatherization, to save energy in your home, financial literacy case management, and other benefits.

It seems that investing tax money in this worthy effort will enable MYCAP to help families find a better life, which in turn means better citizens and well-employed taxpayers.

More Power to MYCAP...and the Nuns on the Bus.

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2bmore23(1 comment)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I want to offer the thought that perhaps we shouldn't be so defensive about overhead and employee salaries. I myself have been working in the non-profit sector for the past 6 years. I have never once made a salary that could be considered a living wage and have often had to hold more than one job. I have been working in education and running after school and summer programs for under-privileged children. The work is wonderful, hard, and underfunded. Before we get all worked up about 43% of that money being for salaries we should consider how many employees/teachers it takes to run TEN Head Start sites. I'm sure parents can agree that these employees and this type of "overhead" is very critical to these programs. People always want to see that the majority of the money is serving the poor, which I agree with. We don't need fancy offices but let's be real- teachers and employees that are serving with their lives (and not making much doing it) are doing nothing but helping the poor 40+ hours a week so let's not attack their livelihoods at every chance we get.

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3cathylukasko(110 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

to thethinker: Very well stated. These so-called NUNS who support a DEMOCRATS which wanted to take God out of their Democrat Platform, who support abortion and gay marriage, use "taking care" of the poor as an excuse. They do NOT follow the Magesterium of the Church and should NOT be viewed as true Catholics.

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4Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Nothing but a huge media scam.

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