Dont harm energy industry with higher taxes
Now that the election is over, Congress is faced with the fiscal
cliff during its lame duck session. Certain tax increases and
spending cuts have been laid out that would harm not only Missouri
but our nation. As Congress looks for revenue, it should be careful
not to harm the American energy industry.
The important tax reform needed must be fair and equitable and
not punish one sector over another. Not only does the energy
industry employ millions of people, it provides billions of dollars
in revenue to the government. In a time when we face uncertainty and
economic hardship, it doesnt make sense to increase taxes on one of
our countys most profitable sectors knowing it will result in higher
prices at the pump for consumers and increased costs for small
business and manufacturers.
As Congress takes up these discussions, they should remember the
importance of the U.S. energy producers to the nation, its people,
and our economic security.
Roger Roth Chesterfield
Give Democrats and Republicans what they want
I have an easy solution for compromise over the fiscal cliff
situation: Give the people of the United States what they voted for!
Based on official residency on Nov. 6, those in Republican-held
congressional districts will not see any tax increases but will have
significantly reduced Medicare and Social Security benefits and
reduced awards of federal dollars for education, police, roads,
bridges, public transportation, public health, and medical and
energy research, and of course zero dollars for research into
climate change or its potential impact.
Democrat-held congressional districts will suffer with higher tax
rates for the top income earners that will mirror those effective
during the economic boom of the Clinton years, but cuts in
government entitlements, services, and contracts will be minimal. A
potential complicating factor after this is implemented is a change
in the balance of power in the House of Representatives after the
Jeff Miner St. Louis
Biblical truths are being compromised
The Nov. 27 commentary Protect the LGBT community from
discrimination by the Kirkwood Baptist Church pastor was premised on
the presupposition that sexual minorities are born that way. There
is strong evidence to the contrary and much evidence that upbringing
and environment play a major role in sexual orientation.
The biblical teaching regarding homosexuality is that
homosexuality is a behavior. The Word of God is clear that if the
temptation or inclination is not acted upon, there is no sin.
Heterosexuals have a natural bent to lust after members of the
opposite sex. The temptation is part of our corrupt human nature,
and there is no sin when the temptation is resisted. The biblical
solution to heterosexual lust is to get married. The solution to
homosexual lust is to resist the temptation, but marriage as defined
biblically can only take place between a male and a female.
The commentary highlights the emerging church movement that is
compromising biblical truths in order to be accepted by the
politically correct postmodern subjective truth culture. This anti-
biblical movement in downplaying sin in order to get along with a
corrupt, sinful world, which is desperately in need of objective
truth that is Jesus Christ. The lie that is postmodernism is that
opinion has now become truth.
We have moved from a Judeo-Christian biblical culture a half
century ago into an anti-biblical, godless culture that denies and
mocks Gods Word and enshrines the individual opinions of a corrupt
humanity. We are in the process of being judged by God, and if we
refuse to repent, we will reap the consequences.
David Floyd Maryland Heights
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