When General Motors came crawling to Uncle Sam for billions in funding to stave off utter collapse, many supported the government's bailout because GM was simply too big — and too iconic — to fail. Jobs needed to be saved. Dealerships needed to be saved. One of America's Big 3 was simply too big to simply vanish.
Now $15 billion later (with a desire for another $11 billion), GM has announced a restructuring plan that completely disregards every reason we were given for saving it in the first place.
The swine flu outbreak that has gripped Mexico and made its way to several other countries — including the U.S. — is disturbing and the fears of a more problems are certainly justified. But this isn't the early 1900s and though people should be cautious and on alert, there is not yet reason to be alarmed.
Should America torture terrorist suspects? Should we use any means necessary to gain critical information? Is the safety of our country more important than the liberty of our enemy?
It is a battle raging right now — and the answer is not nearly as cut-and-dried as we might want it to be.
Sulphur Springs City Councilman Charles Oxford has "green on the brain" — and that is a stance that should be applauded. But, Mr. Oxford seems to only want to hear "his" side of the story, and that is a troublesome trait for a sitting city councilman.