Reader Responses, June 1, 2014

Published on Saturday, 31 May 2014 22:59 - Written by

FORMER MAYOR BASS THANKS TYLER CITIZENS AND LEADERS

Thank you, Tyler, Texas for the opportunity to serve as your mayor for the last six years.

From our great and dedicated City Council members to our phenomenal City staff and caring community volunteers, we weathered through a tough economy and accomplished so much. We had a plan and were on a mission as we built on the strong foundation and legacy of great past mayors and councils. We can look back with pride and say we made Tyler an even greater place to work, live and raise our families.

Thank you, also, to the Mayor’s Farewell Committee for starting an Early College Scholarship Fund at the East Texas Communities Foundation in my honor, which is still growing through the generous contributions of many friends. With more than 80 percent of the jobs of the future requiring additional education beyond high school, I’m excited to know that with this scholarship fund, we can make a difference in the lives of many students.

I am thrilled to be part of the success story of Tyler and look forward to the leadership of my friend and our new Mayor Martin Heines and our City Council.

May our community always have a servant’s heart and may God continue to bless Tyler, Texas!

Barbara Bass

Tyler

THE FED

In 1913, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act that created the Federal Reserve Bank. Sen. Nelson Aldrich, maternal grandfather to the Rockefellers, pushed the Federal Reserve Act through Congress just before Christmas when much of Congress was on vacation.

When Woodrow Wilson was elected President, he signed the bill supported by bankers wanting a national bank system like those in Europe.

Most people have the idea that the Federal Reserve Bank is a branch of the U.S. government. The fact is the Federal Reserve Bank is a private company. The Congress gave up their constitutional authority to create money and regulate the system.

Today the Fed controls and profits by printing worthless paper called money, through the Treasury, with the Fed regulating its value, and collecting interest on the so-called national debt.

About 40 percent of our personal federal income taxes go to pay interest on the nation’s debt as the Fed is printing paper money backed on by faith.

The Fed’s books are not open to the public and Congress has yet to audit it. No other private business has been given a blank check.

John Cole

Flint

VA

I have a solution to the VA medical care enigma, but it will not be easy. To make changes you have to change the culture.

To understand the culture you have to go there. There is no urgency or management to make VA employees accountable.

The Longview VA clinic sent me to Overton Brooks VA hospital in Shreveport, La., for a gastrointestinal X-ray. In order to make an 8 a.m. appointment, I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. for the drive. Lab technicians there only come to work when patients are present. On this day, the lab tech was three-and-a-half hours late for our 8 a.m. appointment. After the 20 minute procedure, she went back home.

For the cost of travel time, gas and meals, I could have had the procedure done by a civilian medical facility for far less.

My solution? Put the Veterans Administration under the military where someone would require employees be on time and accountable. That’s the way we did it in the Marine Corps.

Semper Fi.

M.L. “Marvo” Myers

Holly Lake Ranch