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Letters for Jan. 8: Fiscal reality; today's candidates; vegan irresolution

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A bad deal

Re: "Detached From Reality" Op-Ed Column by Star Parker, Jan. 6

Star Parker was clearly on the mark in articulating the fundamental shortcomings of the "fiscal cliff" deal and why it didn't serve the long term interest of the public. As she states, our political "friends" in Washington didn't get it done going into 2013. There were no real winners here, despite some political claims otherwise.

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Our government's inability to embrace fiscal responsibility will ultimately jeopardize future prosperity for all of us. Why do our elected leaders feel compelled to communicate "you can have it now and we'll figure out how to pay for it later"? The truth needs to be told. Some day the bills will all come due, leaving us only the "choice" of austerity. How would it feel for our proud nation to be at the mercy of our creditors?

The majority of U.S. voters have apparently chosen bigger government, so the majority also need to be willing to pay for it. We cannot realistically choose one without the other. If we cannot find a way to embrace fiscal reality soon, our nation will certainly be destined to a less than prosperous future.

-- George Simmons

Fairfax

Candidates these days

As a 13-year-old, I found it odd that in the last presidential race; two mature adults lead such a nasty campaign. Now that it's time for the inauguration of the president for the next 4 years, I would advise that our leaders work together instead of tearing each other apart. See how we do things in grade school. You never know, you might learn something from a kid.

-- Arsalan Ahmad Khan

Woodbridge

Vegan irresolution

Re: "Elizabeth Kucinich joins 13 'celebrities' making vegan resolutions," Jan. 2

If getting a bunch of B-List "celebrities" most people have never heard of together to call on the rubes to stop eating meat sounds like a PETA tactic, that might be because the group promoting VeganResolution.org has historical ties to the world's most notorious animal rights group.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has received over $800,000 from PETA and its related foundation. PCRM's president, Neal Barnard, was also president of the PETA Foundation for several years in the early 2000s.

It is this hidden animal rights agenda that drives PCRM to demand we all stop eating animal products. No wonder then that responsible scientists like McGill University professor Joe Schwarcz reject PCRM's medical advice, saying, that the group's habit of cherry-picking data "does not mesh with the scientific method."

-- J. Justin Wilson

Senior research analyst, Center for Consumer Freedom

Washington

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