Feb. 16, 2022, Letters to the Editor


Thanks for covering high school


I first want to start off by saying how much I appreciate all the articles containing Douglas High School sports or Douglas High in general. A lot of the community sometimes overlooks Douglas High, and I really appreciate the recognition that you give the school. 

I’m training to be a pilot, so I am so excited for the Blue Angels to come to town, your most recent article just got me more excited. I can not wait for future articles about interesting activities and news items to keep the community informed. Thanks for your time.

Evan Gray

Johnson Lane

Not writing between the lines


This is becoming wearisome. 

It seems that some have a paranoia about Trump being wrongly charged with anything vaguely suggesting that he did something even borderline inappropriate. I suggest they consider only that which was contained in my letters and stop trying to bogusly attach that which is not there. 

My original letter brought forth the long historical record of both political parties annually increasing the national debt. I charged both political parties and mentioned none of their numerous historical leaders with increasing the national debt. The problem is within the system attributed to all involved and not any individual. Again, the letter is directed at what I considered a long occurring problem in our basic system. It is directed at the system and not any particular individual.

I did point out what I considered erroneous facts brought out in subsequent letters. Consequently, I later referred to the writers mentioning Trump. My criticisms are of their suppositions and not of Trump.

As for Morris, with a finite limit on the money supply there is simply a limit to funds for goods and services and their sales amounts cannot increase beyond the money available to pay for them. There is simply no further money available to meet any aggregate price increase. It is a self-evident truth, an axiom, that an increasing money supply is a necessary requirement for unlimited inflation. Although suggested by Morris, there is no perspective that will minimize this basic fact. Efforts to lessen the inflationary impact of increasing the money supply, the national debt, are fundamentally wrong. Other factors that drive continuous inflation are numerous and varied but they inarguably are dependent on an increasing money supply. 

Without making any judgements about Trump or Biden I point out what I consider some inconsistencies in what she says about them. 

The effect of increasing the national debt is not lessened by the purpose for which the money was spent. Both parties during their presidencies have significantly increased the national debt, period. 

Further Morris maintained, “Trump was, indeed a big spender,” … he strengthened our military, cut taxes and lowered the debt. 

During the first three years of Trump’s presidency the average tax paid per personal return was $3,028. Data is not yet available for his fourth year. The average tax paid for the three years prior was $2,981. Personal income tax paid-per-return was not lowered. 

During his presidency the national debt increased over $7 trillion. He did not lower the debt but the entire system increased it. 

Also, military spending during his presidency annually averaged 3.35 percent of the GDP. The average for the 10 years prior was 4.23 percent of the GDP. His supposed big spending was not for greatly strengthening the military. 

If you wish to comment about Trump or Biden, so be it. But please, stop trying to attach them to my premise that the ever-increasing money supply is a system wide problem.

Ben Justus


Maybe give someone else a chance


Since 1789, there have been 115 Supreme Court justices. Of those, 108 or 94 percent have been white males. But that’s not all they have in common. Of the 115 justices, 91 are or were Protestant. I have nothing against white male Protestants. I myself am a white, female, Protestant.

There are over 200 law schools in the United States, yet a preponderance of Supreme Court justices has attended either Harvard or Yale, and a majority of justices are from the East Coast.

Choosing a Supreme Court candidate outside of the cookie cutter white male Protestant mold does not automatically mean the candidate is of some lesser quality. James F. Byrnes (1941-1942) was the last white male appointed to the supreme Court who did not attend law school and in fact did not even graduate from high school. There were 47 other justices that never attended law school and 18 justices that attended law school but never graduated. These guys were not exactly the best of the best, but they were all white males.

I’m confidant that whoever President Biden nominates to the Supreme Court will have unimpeachable credentials. White males make up approximately 30% of our population, let’s give the other 70 percent of nonwhite males a chance to serve on the Supreme Court to better reflect the diversity of our country and the diversity of our views.

Alice Meyer



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