Just a thought

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

In the past two weeks, the price of crude oil has hovered between $50 and $52 a barrel. That’s dramatically down from the $60 to $62 a barrel that it had been when the price gasoline ranged from $2.73 to $2.79 a gallon.

Also in the past two weeks, the price of gasoline slowly decreased to around $2.65 to $2.66 a gallon. That is where it was last night (June 16) about 6:30 when I passed the local gas station on the way home.

This morning, it had jumped to $2.77 a gallon.

My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I was flabbergasted!



And then simply pissed off! Continue reading

Height of arrogance

KanCare officials need well crafted charm offensive

Freelance writer/editor

When a holiday guest enters your home, social etiquette Midwestern style demands your best manners — maybe a welcoming cup of pretty-strong coffee and most certainly a Scandinavian sweet.

So it came as a simple case of bad manners — not to mention poor public image creation — when for-profit, managed-care officials in Kansas snarled at “East Coast” interlopers who in December had the audacity to “parachute” into the Topeka prairie to lecture them on how to improve the care of 380,000 Kansans. Continue reading

Facebook pays no tax on $1.1 billion profit; time to rewrite the tax code

Facebook, which earned $1.1 billion last year, has revealed that because of tax loopholes and deductions, it will not…let me write that again…it will NOT pay any income taxes for 2012. And further more, it will receive, yes RECEIVE, $429 million in tax refunds.

The numbers are based on Facebook’s annual report that was released in January.

Tim Worstall, a contributing writer for Forbes, explains, rather matter-of-factly, how this can happen in his Feb. 19 article. Continue reading

Message from 3rd Dist. Congressman Kevin Yoder

Tax Increases in 2013

The majority of Americans will feel a tax increase of some kind in the New Year. Here is a list of the most significant and common tax increases that will hit American families starting in 2013.
Payroll / Social Security tax rises for all taxpayers; from 4.2% up to 6.2%.
Marginal tax rates rise for individuals making over $400,000; from 35% up to 39.5%. Continue reading

Message to Congress: Do something, damn it!

The Mayans might have been a few days off on what doomsayers claimed would be the end of the world on 12-21-2012.

Instead, it could come at midnight on Dec. 31 if Washington continues to do nothing about the impending fiscal cliff.

Partisan politics continues to polarize Congress and the lack of action by elected officials to do anything about the expected recession-causing fiscal cliff has the stock market diving this morning. Continue reading

Strict gun laws won’t protect from evil

Jonesborough, Ark.

Columbine, Colo.

Aurora, Colo.

Portland, Ore.

And now Newtown, Conn., has been added to the long list of other shooting massacres that have taken place in businesses, public places and schools throughout the nation in the past 20 years. Continue reading

Bush tax cuts didn’t work; time to let them expire

English: President George W. Bush talks with C...

President George W. Bush talks with Colleen Rummel during a conversation on Social Security at the James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, Va., Friday, April 29, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As my son put it: Happy 12-12-12!

Just nine more days until the end of the Mayan calendar and what some say will be the end of the world.

Assuming the world doesn’t end, there are only 12 more shopping days left before Christmas to fight frantic and unrelenting crowds of shoppers looking for those last-minute deals.

And a mere 19 days left before a here-to-fore inept Congress, according to economic doomsayers, allows the country to go over the so-called fiscal cliff if elected officials don’t renew the Bush tax cuts. Continue reading

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