April 25, 2013

Sequester: Mixed up by storytelling

Once again the Obama administration and its allies are trying to make Americans feel pain and discomfort. They started by closing the White House for tours but forgot to stop the private parties.

This administration is hoping we the citizens do not look at the facts. Sequester does not have any cuts, regardless of what they say. The federal government will still spend more money  than it did in the prior year. They just do not get to spend as much as they want. That is not a cut. However, this does not stop their storytelling.

Now we are all to fear air travel. The Federal Aviation Administration is telling us about the doom and gloom with the furloughs of air traffic controllers. Let’s review the facts. According to research done by a contributor to Forbes magazine, even with the furloughs, air traffic controllers will handle fewer flights per hour of work than they did six years ago. And since 2006, the number of air traffic controllers has held steady at 27,000 despite a 13 percent reduction in the number of flights.

“If the sequester cuts their hours by 10 percent, the sequestered flight controller will still handle 3 percent fewer flights than six years ago,” the story on the magazine’s website stated.

Unfortunately, we have a White House that does not let simple facts get in the way of its political story. It’s another sad example of party politics trumping the American citizen.

Text Only
  • Scouts’ work helped make park opening possible

    Neither snow nor rain nor bitter cold stopped two local Boy Scouts from completing work vital to opening Whitfield County’s newest historical park.

    April 24, 2014

  • BaggettOBIT.jpg Roy Everrett Baggett

    Roy Everrett Baggett, 66, of Chatsworth, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library must reach decision soon

    Four months ago the board of the Chatsworth-Murray Library announced it would leave the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System by June 30 of this year, the end of the library system’s fiscal year.

    April 23, 2014

  • Letter: Concert was spectacular

    I believe Dalton achieved its most beautiful moment last April 18, on Thornton Avenue. It occurred in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Dalton.

    April 23, 2014

  • An important part of the fight

    The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Not just for college students

    It was the seemingly unanswerable question of the campus — and especially the faculty — when I first attended Dalton Junior College in the 1973-74 school year: “Is man inherently good, or inherently evil?”

    April 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later

    In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Misty Watson: Turns out, I’m a millennial

    The word millennial always conjures up this image of a guy wearing skinny jeans, Converse high tops, a plaid button-up shirt, thick-rimmed glasses, a hat, facial hair and a messenger bag slung over his shoulder.

    April 22, 2014

  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014