Coming from Nebraska roots, and still having family in the McCook area, I read the article in The McCook Daily Gazette: "Nelson introduces bill to freeze salaries of members of Congress" (April 14).
How thoughtful of him! Had he initiated this action three or more years ago, it might look credible. This latest bill of his is a mark of a guilty conscience. In today's dire economy, even "freezing" salaries of members of Congress at their current levels isn't enough. Their salaries, benefits and perks should be CUT, downsized and rolled back to levels seen at the benchmark year of 1982.
Our nation has, for far too long, played games with financial "net worth." Until this nation drastically rolls-back cushy pay and benefits to reflect "real worth" instead of what can be borne, leveraged or extorted ... we won't pull out of this log-jam. Public servants should remember that they are to serve "The People" and not run their own little feudal kingdoms. Ben Nelson should hide his face and his name in utter disgrace and resign immediately.
James A. Marples