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Letters 10/12/2012

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Global economy controls U.S. growth

Larry Shade

Received: Oct. 9


Why slow economic growth and high employment?

1. In 1980, the U.S. economy was about 30 percent of the world economy. In 2012, the U.S. economy represents about 15 percent of the world economy.

2. When the U.S. economy becomes sluggish or overheats, the government and Federal Reserve Board use fiscal policy (government action) and monetary policy (change forces on interest rates) for correcting the imbalances, currency, income tax rates and interest rates are near historic lows.

3. In 1980, these fiscal and monetary policies were able to have a big effect on correcting the U.S. economy, but today, because our share of the global economy has decreased and we are more integrated with the global economy, U.S. policy changes do not have as much influence on our own economy as 1980. The same policy action today has less potency on our economy.

The impact of the global economy also places more and more forces on our economy over which we have no control. This past decade (2000 to 2009), globalization and technology advancements contributed to the slowest job growth of any decade in the history of the U.S.

Worton best candidate for county judge

From: Michele Hornback


Received: Oct. 9

I am writting this letter on behalf of Jim Worton. I am a fellow student and friend of Mr. Worton.

I know of no better person for the judge of Bartholmew County other than Mr. Worton. Jim shows a true and geniuine intrest in the citzens of Columbus, Ind. He is qualified for this position.

Jim is skilled and honest professional police officer and attorney. Jim is also a wonderful friend and family-orientated man. Jim believes in fairness and justice. I am grateful to be able to know him and learn from him. In the classroom he shows his knowledge of the law and teaches his students to think outside of the box and view the law from all angles.

He challenges his students and myself especially to always do what is right and never give up. Jim has always challenged me and has given me a better understanding of the law. Anytime that I have had a question or a concern Jim has always been there.

I believe that if Columbus is looking for a judge that will up hold justice and do what is fair, and is wanting someone who is honest and down to earth. I believe that your chioce is Jim Worton.

Dear expo vendors: Prepare more food

Clint Imel

Received: Oct. 6


With the Ethnic Expo coming up, I would like to make a suggestion to the food vendors who set up shop there: Fix more food!

Over the past several years, I have noticed that food vendors have been running out of food as early as 2 p.m., missing out on a lot of potential profit.

Better to have too much than not enough. If it comes down to the end and they have a surplus, they could have a last-minute sale, and cheapskates like me would buy it up to take home with them.

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