Union Democrat staff

Thanksgiving blessings

To the Editor,:

In the Almanacs section in the Oct. 3rd publication it was stated that in 1789, President George Washington declared Nov. 26,1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America. Actually, he declared that day to be a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for all His blessings. Also, when President Lincoln issued a formal proclamation, passed by an Act of Congress, initiating the first annual National Day of Thanksgiving it was also to give thanks to Almighty God. Within that proclamation President Lincoln wrote, "it is announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord … It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people".

Norm Gough


Capitalism and Corporations

To the Editor:

Capitalism is the major force in the incredible growth and development of the United States, but this does not mean that it is perfect.

Corporations' primary purpose is to make money for its stockholders - which is not necessarily what is best for the country. When oil interests bought out the electric cars years ago, it continued our dependence on oil which fueled the wars in the Middle East, cost the country tons of money and many lives. No one seems to want to make these connections. Did they do anything illegal? Not really. Did they help the country? Decidedly not. Did they do something immoral? You decide. There are many corporations making billions of dollars. One survey estimates that there are 12 that together make a profit of 186 billion a year, yet pay taxes of minus 1.8 billion dollars. That's right, they get tax breaks that give them money back even though they paid none in. Isn't that money that we pay, being given to corporations making billions?

Making them pay some taxes by closing breaks and loopholes is not really raising taxes, its being fair. Is it illegal for these companies to accept tax breaks? Not yet illegal, but certainly unfair and maybe immoral. Also, if we narrow the debt this way and the dollar becomes stronger, the companies and the billionaires will be the most positively affected, since they have the most of those dollars. Corporations cannot be allowed to believe that the definition of capitalism is greed, with no responsibility to the country and its people but only to its shareholders.

Charles Marangio