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Letters to the Editor

January 06, 1999

Bartlett a disgrace

To the editor:

It was sad to listen to the debate on impeachment in the House of Representatives.

The Republicans, driven by hatred and revenge, are way out of line, with accusations that would not hold in court and that are way under the threshold of what would constitute an impeachable offense.

And among the Republicans, some stand out particularly by using absurd sloganeering that shows that they have small minds and/or are just pawns of the leadership.

Your representative, Roscoe Bartlett, is one such stand-out.

His argument that the president should not be above the law is moronic, as nobody claims he is, and he might very well be criminally prosecuted by Starr later on.

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And his laughable comment about the president putting himself at risk for extortion reminds one of the McCarthyist reasons for keeping whole classes of citizens from getting security clearance, even good jobs, and ignores the reality of the profusion of adultery among his colleague Republican House members.

I'm sorry he is your representative, as I have developed a fondness for your district from repeated visits to friends and relatives in Frederick.

Tom Guillermo

Cambridge, Mass.

Mind reading

To the editor:

Please allow me to register my distaste for a person who would publish a "thumbs down" to our president for going to several church services.

In that you are able to discern President Clinton's "real" motives for doing this, perhaps you should accept a more important position far away from our newspaper and one which would highlight your natural telepathic skills.

I would give that a thumbs up in hopes of your being replaced by someone less ready to climb onto the latest bandwagon.

Leon Albin

Funkstown

Blame politicians, not inmates

To the editor:

I am writing in response to Melissa Earley's "Inmates get free medical care; why can't my Mother get help." Earley seems to have few misconceptions about inmates.

First, they are not allowed to order food from outside the jail. They do not receive free TVs or radios; the inmate must pay for these items. The health care that inmates receive is the bare necessity to keep them alive.

There are no luxuries. The health care provider to the prison system is under contract, so the lowest bidder gets the job.

I also have seen articles in this newspaper about inmates donating money to good causes in the Hagerstown area. The March of Dimes, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and even an AIDS organization have received money from the inmates. They also collect the tops off soda cans to help dialysis patients.

True, Melissa, the health care industry is far from perfect. I know this from experience since my father-in-law has medical problems and poor insurance. But I can't blame the inmates for this. The inmates have no political power but the insurance industry has lobbyists in every capital of every state. So who is stronger? I am a U.S. citizen and proud of it. As a citizen who pays taxes I would much rather see my money spent on the people of this country, inmates included.

Just think if we did not give Russia a billion dollars or spend a billion dollars trying to bomb Saddam Hussein into submission, what we could do for the people of this country.

If we want to change the way the elderly are treated in this state, we have to start with the people in Annapolis where the rules are made. Ms. Earley, I wish you and your mother the best of luck and God's blessing.

Gwen Berry

Hagerstown

Thanks

To the editor:

I'm writing to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, flowers and visits and special thanks to Doctors Trace and Dr. Chaney who treated my husband, Melvin Rouzer during his recent surgery.

Fannie Rouzer

Hagerstown

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