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Letters to the Editor

February 12, 1999

Revamp our foreign policy

To the editor:

World-wide, public opinion of the U.S.A. seems to be at an all-time low. Almost daily, we see the American flag burned, and signs proclaiming "Hate America." American citizens, and their government, are called murderers, bullies, hypocrites, money-grubbers, drug-users, arms merchant for the world, etc.

The U.S.A. is accused of meddling in the internal affairs of other nations, especially on human rights. Some nations have a different opinion than we do, especially when dealing with those who break our laws. Murderers, as an example.

I love the U.S.A., and am furious when the American flag is burned, and the U.S.A. bad-mouthed.

Why don't we establish who is responsible for this hatred, and determine what to do about it?

I believe those in charge of our foreign policy, past and present, created every one of these unpleasant and offensive actions. Instead of statesmen, we have had fools making these important decisions. I might add, special-interest groups promoted their selfish interests, too.

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So, what should America do? Allow me to offer an old saying: "When men speak ill of thee, live so that no one will believe them."

Keep politics out of commerce. No boycotts. Treat every nation equally. Trade with all. Show no favor to any. To show partiality to one nation, and dislike for another is stupid. Refuse to be drawn into disputes. Be friends with the world. Support the wisdom of responsibility.

Harold E. Winn

Hagerstown

Pocket picking

To the editor,

This is in response to Mr. Beaupariant, who vows that he and his family will never read the "right wing Herald Mail". I will be happy to mail him a copy of my reply to his letter; perhaps a friend of his will do so.

The Clinton administration has indeed picked our pockets. The Clinton administration has indeed coopted the Republican ideas. Reagan did not put our country into a recession. I give you my opinions, in reverse order.

The Reagan administration inherited a recession: double-digit interest rates, high unemployment. His administration set up the Social Security system to be solvent for 30 plus years, "tore down" the Berlin wall and yes, stood up to the Russian leader that eventually led to freedom for East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and many more peoples. As for the high deficit - when will people learn that Congress spends the money? The Reagan administration was ruled by the spend-spend Democrats.

Co-opted Republican ideas: Clinton's balanced budget speeches predicted success in five, then six and later "up to 10" years. He also said a balanced budget was not a must in the 1994 election. The Republicans won in both houses and have held the majority for three elections. Welfare reform and a balanced budget are more Republican than Democrat accomplishments.

Let's get to the pick-pocket issue. Normally when you have large surpluses, you spread the wealth around. Not Clinton. Social Security, education and law enforcement are great causes. Every time he has been backed up to a wall, he and his spin masters say "we want to get back to work for better education, Social Security, law enforcement, minimum wage..." He has it all figured out that the large surplus will occur each year and is spending money we don't have and may never even get. Tobacco money is a fine example of this surplus.

Clinton has projected that we will receive $50 billion from a 55 cent tax on cigarettes plus the billions the government will get from the tobacco settlements. This is really pick-pocket tactics.

Education: Clinton, as governor of Arkansas, inherited a state that was ranked 48th in education. After 12 years as governor, his state still ranked 48th. Do you believe a 10th grade student today is smarter than one six years ago? Tests prove they are not. That's the name of the game. Promise-promise.

Fixing social security is a fine goal. I've been drawing mine for years and have received more than I ever paid into it. But you must also think of today's taxpayers and give some back.

In closing, Clinton is a great public speaker, perhaps one of the greatest ever. Making promises, he is great at that too. Delivering the goods, not very often. This man lives by lies and idle promises, or he promises and then lies. Both the same.

Speener M. Hose

Cascade, Md.

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