City shouldn't install parking meters
In Sarasota, Fla., last winter, parking meters similar to the ones proposed in The Daily Star on June 19 were installed along Main Street.
Most people could not figure out how to pay the fee, which meter controlled what parking spot, and complained about the cost. After much debate, and protests from the merchants about lost business, the city bagged the meters, literally. Large bags were inverted over the meters until they could be removed.
Let's bag it, too.
Rita S. Brown
Americans should look out for each other
As a nation, will we prosper by virtue of everyone striving individually for their own self-interest, or should we be trying to accomplish a goal that benefits every American? Maybe we should begin to recognize the value of taking responsibility for building an economy that would benefit everybody, instead of just looking out for ourselves. Certainly, the purchasing power of more employed people would improve the economy.
Romney insists: "For me, politics is not a career. For me, my career was being in business and starting a business and making it successful. I spent my life in the private sector. I understand how the economy works. I spent most of my life outside politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy. Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."
Obama reasons: "This is part of the debate that we're going to be having in this election campaign, about how do we create an economy where everybody, from top to bottom, folks on Wall Street and folks on Main Street, have a shot at success. And if they're working hard and they're acting responsibly that they're able to live out the American Dream.
"When you're president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. And so if your main argument for how to grow the economy is, I knew how to make a lot of money for investors, then you're missing what this job is about. It doesn't mean you weren't good at private equity. But that's not what my job is as president. My job is to take into account everybody, not just some."