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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., spoke Aug. 17 to a group of Westmoreland County business and government leaders ( “Sen. Casey holds roundtable talk in Jeannette” ).

Sen. Casey, do you understand anything? Grants? Isn’t that why people elected Trump — to cut the budget? We have a $20 trillion national debt (and still growing), and we can’t cut spending? You can’t keep borrowing money to give away.

What about the people who have to take pay cuts just to keep their jobs because their employers sent jobs overseas, or who lost their jobs because employers were overtaxed and left the country or closed?

Why can’t every elected official and government worker take pay cuts and help reduce the national, state or county debt? Or is Casey just wanting to buy votes?

I had to take a 25-percent pay cut and learned to live with it. Why can’t these officeholders do the same? Maybe Casey, along with Westmoreland County Commissioners Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli, should take a 25-percent pay cut to show they can help reduce the debt.

As for the presidents of St. Vincent College and Pitt-Greensburg stressing “the importance of full funding for the Pell grants that students rely on for tuition expenses”: Doesn’t everyone have expenses? Plan for it. Or maybe St. Vincent and Pitt should cut tuition to help them.

I’m tired of paying for everyone else.

Cliff Long

Unity

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