By law, members of Congress and their staffers are entitled to a yearly cost-of-living increase.
But in the wake of the financial meltdown caused by the housing crisis, House and Senate members have turned down the pay raise for 10 years.
There was talk of allowing the automatic raise to take effect again, increasing lawmaker pay from $174,000 to $178,500. Staff members would get an increase as well. Currently, the average congressional staff pay is $54,640.
Well, as could be expected, the idea set off a political firestorm. Many don't see why lawmakers deserve any pay raise. Others wonder why $174,000 isn't enough when so many Americans live on far less.
The pressure was so strong that this week House Democrats caved on the salary increase, delaying consideration until later.
We want to know what you think. Should Congress and its staff get a cost-of-living raise after 10 years? Or do you believe they shouldn't get the raise?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 20. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: City vs. Chick-fil-A
Last week's question was about the city of San Antonio blocking Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city's airport. Does a city have the right to ban a private company from city property because it does not agree with its stance on issues effecting citizens? Or is the city wrong to do so?
A city does not have a right to ban a private Christian business from city property. This is ultra discrimination against Christians. If the LGBTQ people have their way, all will be beholden to them for anything and everything we do. Do they, in this hateful discrimination against Chick-fil-A, also want to exempt them from city taxes in San Antonio? This will not stop there. It will go to every city. People, stand against. Remember, Sodom and Gomorrah and the results of their sin! We reap what we sow; sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. They are wanting their flag to fly over our American embassies.—J.L.T., Texarkana, Texas
Chick-fil-A should be ashamed of calling themselves Christians. In order to be a true Christian you have to love everyone, not just the few you agree with. People should remember Chick-fil-A is business making money on people's faith which is sacrilegious. Chick-fil-A is a hypocrite business and I would never buy anything from them. San Antonio stood by values and didn't allow this company to build a restaurant at airport, where multifaceted people come through. Although, at present time we are living in an intolerable state due to politics, we need to be tolerant and love everyone as Jesus wanted us to do or you will go to Hell.—R.K., Texarkana, Texas
God is the final authority, declaring what is good or evil. He is also the final judge of those in positions of authority, who prefer to disregard His word, to support those who practice sodomy. Increasingly persecuting those who oppose their lifestyle, because they believe God, who refers to it as an "abomination."—D.H.M., Texarkana, Ark.
City property is public property. Everyone pays taxes to support it. There is no place for bigotry, inequality, discrimination of any kind on such property. Chick-fil-A is well known for donating money to groups known for discrimination against certain groups and for performing harmful, abusive, and controversial therapy on those people. There is no place for that on public property.—M.T., Texarkana, Texas