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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 Comments Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. CROSSWORD ! In continuation of my month-long focus on women through- out history who have made great contributions to society, here are this week's, from, in honor of Women's History Month: Angela Merkel "Merkel is Germany's first female Chancellor. In 2007, she became the second woman to chair the G8 after Margaret Thatcher." Dilma Rousseff "Before Rousseff became Brazil's first female president, she also was the first woman to become Chief of Staff of Bra- zil, appointed by then President Luiz In cio Lula da Silva." Hillary Clinton "Former First Lady and current U.S. Secretary of State Clinton was a New York senator from 2001 until 2009 and a leading candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomi- nation." Carla Bruni-Sarkozy "France's first lady is a former supermodel who joined inter- national outcry over the case of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, among other achievements." Queen Elizabeth II "Having surpassed Queen Victoria's record, Queen Eliza- beth II is her nation's oldest living monarch, and is said to be planning to continue working until she is physically unable to do so." Julia Gillard "Australia's first female prime minister is a former indus- trial lawyer who heads the country's first minority government since World War I1." Mary McAleese "The eighth and current President of Ireland, McAleese was a barrister, journalist and academic. She was first elected president in 1997 and won a second term, without a contest, in 2004." Tarja Halonen "Finland's first female president had been a member of parliament from 1979 to 2000, when she resigned after her election to the presidency. In addition to her politics, she has had a long and extensive career in trade unions and different non-governmental organizations." Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner "When she was inaugurated in 2007, Fernandez became Ar- gentina's first elected female president, but the second female ever to serve (after Isabel Martinez de Per6n, 1974-1976)." Aung San Suu Kyi "Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for 'her non-violent struggle for: democracy and human rights. Suu Kyi's struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important sym- bol in the struggle against oppression.' She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from July 20, 1989 until her release on Nov. 13, 2010." Laura Chinchilla "Chinchilla is the first woman to become president of Costa Rica and the sixth woman to be elected president of a Latin American country. She is conservative in her social stance and opposes the separation of church and state in the pre- dominantly Catholic country." Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser AI-Missned "The Emir of Qatar's glamorous second of three wives, Sheikha Mozah has been developing ambitious initiatives di- rected at women, children and education. She is actively work- ing to fight domestic violence, improve children's labor rights and give the disabled more access to jobs." Editor, 'There are 513,000 American children in foster care. Ap- proximately 6,300 of these children are in Alabama's fos- ter care system; and there are foster children right here in Covington County. These children require safe, stable and nurturing environments to live in until they can either safely reunite with their parents or establish other lifelong family relationships. Across the country, people are helping children and youth in foster care build brighter futures by serving as foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, and volunteers. But much more help is needed. During May and November foster parent's organiza- tions, child welfare advocates and private and public of- ficials sponsor and hold special events highlighting foster care as an important issue requiring better resources and supports. However, the need exists throughout the year. No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change the life of a young person in foster care. We need families to open their hearts and open their homes to children in need. For more information, please visit You can also call 1-866-4AL-KIDS or locally call Covington County DHR at 334-427-7900. Thank you, Covington County DHR Update from Washington by U.S. Representative Martha Roby GAO Report on Government Waste A GAO report released this last week airs the govern- ment's dirty laundry regarding wasteful Washington spend- ing and underscores the challenge that the Congress faces as we work to cut federal spending. The report highlights 33 areas of duplicative spending in the federal government, which is one reason why our government is $14 trillion in debt. Congressional leaders should use the GAO report as a playbook for cutting unnecessary discretionary spending. (I posted a link to the report on my Facebook page, and I encourage anyone interested to review it.) A central part of the Pledge to America was a promise to advance sound economic policies that allow small busi- grow and create jobs. The new House Majority in the 112th Congress has meticulously worked to debate and pass legislation that furthers this goal. Each week, we highlight a new way to save taxpayers' money, and I was pleased that, as a part of that effort, we successfully repealed the oppressive 1099 IRS reporting re- quirement found in the ObamaCare health care law. For small businesses, this was one of the most harmful regu- lations on the books, and is routinely a subject of concern during my district workweek visits. The provision forced small business owners to file an increased number of IRS 1099 tax forms. Removing this regulation reduces the power of government and restores certainty in the market place---two key prerequisites for free market growth. Cutting Spending While Keeping the Government Open After more than 60 hours of debate in February, the House majority passed H.R. 1, which included the largest spending cut in modern history. Unfortunately, the White House and the Senate refused to consider the cuts, threat- ening to shut down the government rather than agree to the spending reductions that the American People want. Iris our goal to make smart, robust cuts in federal spend- ing while keeping the government open and functioning. While the Senate delayed action, House Republicans proac- tively proposed a temporary solution in the form of a two- week stopgap spending measure that includes $4 billion in cuts that even President Obama agrees are necessary. The Senate quickly passed the bill. A comprehensive settlement that includes significant spending cuts but allows the government to operate through the end of the year is preferable, and I hope Senate Demo- crats take up H.R. 1 before the temporary funding expires. If not, the House Majority intends on passing a series of two-week measures--with additional cuts each week--for the remainder of the year. Doing so would return us to 2008 spending levels within seven months, and would equal a $100 billion cut. Importantly, the debate over the Fiscal Year 2011 spend- ing is, in many ways, only a prelude to a larger and more fiscally significant battle over President Obama's Fiscal Year 2012 budget, which includes huge deficits and tril- lions in new debt over the next decade. House leaders are starting to prepare an alternative proposal that will reduce the size and scope of government, cut the rapid growth of federal spending, and reduce the burden of debt on future generations of Americans. I look forward to that historic debate, and I plan to play a large role on behalf of my con- stituents. Johanna Sigurdardottir "Iceland's prime minister has helped her nation become a model for gender equality, last year celebrating its No. 1 place- ment on the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Index." Queen Rania AI Abdullah "In addition to her efforts on behalf of education, human rights and women's issues, Jordan's monarch has been fo- cused on bridging gaps between the U.S. and the Middle East." Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf "Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the first and cur- rently only elected female head of state in Africa." Sheikha Lubna AI Qasimi "Dubai's Sheikha Lubna AI Qasimi is the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the United Arab Emirates." Sima Samar "Afghan women's rights activist Sima Samar is also the Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Com- mission." Svetlana Gannushkina "The Russian human rights activist is a member of the council of Memorial, a society dedicated to remembrance of victims of Soviet repressions." The Fiorala News 3 27 58 14 17 m 21 m 24 29 m m 38 46 mm 5O m 54 m 6O m m 65 66 69 i PRESENTED BY w 10 m 32 52 61 Where volunteering begins. ) 2011, StatePoint Media, Inc. THEME: THE GRAMMYS ACROSS 1. 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