Reader letters 12-26

Dec 24, 2012

A story on efficiency

To the editor:

This is in response to Vicki Hyatt’s column seeking tips for efficiency.

Doing things efficiently is one of the things that I do and teach at power plants.  Of course in the power generation industry we call this root cause analysis.  The list of efficiency items in your article is very good.  Being efficient has to do with learning along the way and always making improvements.  One of the stories I use to get the attention of students suggests what not to do.

I hope the following item gives you a smile and helps with your effort to become more efficient.

The way some companies solve problems.


Three hunters and their moose

A pilot flew three hunters into Canada for a week of moose hunting.  Upon dropping off the hunters the pilot reminded the hunters that the plane could only carry three hunters and two moose.

One week later the same plane returned to pick up the hunters.  The three hunters had three moose.  The pilot reminded the hunters of his earlier words “three hunters and two moose.”

The hunters protested and pointed out that it was Fred’s first moose.  The pilot again reminded the hunters of his earlier words, “three hunters and two moose.”

“We will give you an additional $50 like we did last year.”

“No.”  “Three hunters and two moose.”

“We will give you $100 to take three hunters and three moose.”  “That is a pretty fat tip.”

“OK, OK.”

The overloaded plane struggled down the strip and strained into the air only to loose altitude and crash a short distance from the end of the strip.

One of the hunters regained conscience and asked, “Where are we?” to which the pilot replied, “We are about 50 yards from where we crashed last year.”

Jim Bothwell



Make spending cuts before it’s too late

To the editor:

Obama keeps saying that those who are successful, and are among the top 2 percent of earners, should pay their fair share of taxes. According to the IRS the top 1 percent of earners paid 36.73 percent of all personal income tax paid in 2009, the latest year with the data. 1 percent of the working population paid over one third of all the income taxes.  The top 10 percent of earners paid 70.47percent of all income taxes.  So the top 10 percent paid almost three quarters of all the income tax collected.  I think that by any reasonable definition of fair the successful among us are paying more than their fair share.  They don’t need their income tax rates raised.  These are the folks that create jobs.  Have you ever worked for a poor person?

Obama isn’t pushing this for revenue, he just wants to redistribute wealth.  The amount he will gain in taxes  would only fund the government for eight days.  The real problem, one that he does not want to address, is government spending.  He claims to be offering $1 trillion in spending cuts.  That is baloney.  All he’s doing is reducing growth in spending by $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

These are not the real numbers, but just demonstrate the point. For example if the government intended to increase spending over the next 10 years by $6 trillion, he will now only increase spending by $5 trillion during that period.  He calls that cutting spending by $1 trillion.  All it does is cut the increase in the growth of spending.  We would still be spending more than our revenues and the deficit would still increase.  The deficit has increased from $10 trillion to over $16 trillion during Obama’s first term.

Our beloved nation cannot survive unless we make serious governmental spending cuts.

That will require cuts to Medicare and Social Security for future retirees. It is better that future retirees have reduced benefits than no benefits.  We must not follow Greece into financial collapse.  It is time to tell Obama and Congress to make real cuts to government spending.

W. C. Courtney


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