Weatherford Democrat

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January 10, 2014

KELLY: What do you think in January 2014?

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Foreign involvements

It appears as if our state department has been, as usual, not very successful in its dealings with foreign countries, especially in the Far East.

To name a few, we read daily about bombings, elections interference, Christian churches being destroyed, Christians and Jews being murdered and civil wars taking place in countries such as Syria, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and some countries I never heard of.

Our American soldiers, diplomats and citizens are being killed or arrested and held for no known reason while our state department does very little to alleviate the situation. In fact, it is either lied to or ignored completely by the culprits. We need to stop trying to buy friends and let these rogue countries destroy themselves from within – it’s their choice. What do you think?

Coupons

I read that millions of dollars in shopping coupons that could save families are not being used. Why is this? Is it because women in the workplace cannot find the time to clip coupons? Is it because they do not buy the newspaper in which the coupons are printed or do not use the computer to find them? Perhaps it is because they do not need these savings in their budget.

I do know, from observation in the store, that people with those food-assistance cards very seldom present coupons to the cashier.

I decided to check this out to find out if the money savings were worth the time spent in clipping the coupons. I clipped the coupons from the Sunday paper and then checked the grocery ads from the stores. The store I selected had sale prices on products I always use, and I also had coupons for many of those products. The receipt for my purchase indicated that I had bought $57 worth of products and had total savings of $58.

I believe we could all reduce our food budget if we would take advantage of the coupons published by the manufacturer, plus the sale prices on the same items. What do you think?

William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and frequent contributor to Viewpoints.

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