- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:

Jan. 9

The Daily Home, Talladega, Ala., on unemployed workers need help now:

On average, 170 families in every county in Alabama have been dealt a serious blow by the bipartisan bickering in our nation’s capital. An estimated 11,400 Alabama residents lost their emergency unemployment benefits at the end of 2013.

With the arrival of the New Year, those checks stopped for people who lost their jobs more than six months ago. Six months is the usual limit, but Congress can extend the length of time, and it typically does during times of recession. It’s the merciful and sensible thing to do.

Democrats rail against Republicans for being insensitive to the needs of citizens who haven’t been able to find a job; Republicans criticize Democrats for wanting to take money from “makers” and give it to “takers.”

But the fact is that members of both parties are wearing ideological blinders that keep them from working together to govern the country in a more orderly manner.

Some argue that “takers” won’t get a job as long as they are getting handouts, and we’re sure that is true for some people. That’s unfortunate. But it hardly justifies making a difficult situation a disaster for anyone, and certainly not for more than a million Americans.

Republicans are right to be concerned about the budget, deficit spending and the national debt. Our government needs to do a better job of bringing revenue and spending into closer alignment. That’s going to be a long-term project.

People who have lost their jobs need help now.

Online:

http://www.dailyhome.com

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Jan. 12

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News on taxes will go up only with residents’ OK:

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