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letters 3/26

March 26, 2002

Reagan's ideas are proven wrong

To the editor:

Let's name National after a better Republican. Let's call it Theodore Roosevelt National Airport. With the Enronization of America, Ronald Reagan's two solutions for every problem - deregulate big business and cut taxes big time for the rich and for big corporation - have been spectacularly discredited.

The tax cuts didn't improve the economy because the rich just saved their refund and the corporations just bought back their own stock or bought cheap labor in Asia. Neither group bought products or services in the U.S. marketplace' the real way to resurrect the economy.

The real result of these tax cuts for the privileged and powerful is that the Republicans now want to raid Social Security for revenue, cut job training, pass a "thin" Medicare drug benefit, and make near-to-poor veterans pay a big deductible to enter a veteran's hospital.

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To deregulate big corporations, we also now painfully know, is to enronize America: Guys at the top bail out with millions while the firm's workers lose their retirement as well as their jobs and the ordinary stockholders lose their investment. Life savings are wiped out.

Yet the Republican economic stimulus ideas would forgive Enron a quarter billion in back taxes. Republicans collude with Big Power and Big Oil to gouge consumers, ravage the environment, and keep us dependent on shaky foreign sources. And Cheney is the Big Colluder.

Republicans, especially those in Congress, prefer Ronnie to Teddy. Teddy would never have said, "Government is the problem." Teddy did say, "The nation has got to supervise and control the great corporations." Ronnie's first act on entering office in 1981 was to fire all the striking air traffic controllers. In 1902, 100 years ago, Teddy mediated a major coal strike in favor of the workers and consumers. Let's jolt the Republicans from Ronnie back to Teddy. Let's vote Democratic for U.S. Senate and House on Nov. 5.

James A. Hoage

Severna Park, Md.




Protect beauty, protect the farms

To the editor:

Tonight on the news I heard that Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening wants to pass a law taxing the water farmers use from their wells or farm ponds. Why do the citizens of Maryland put up with the likes of him?

Does that also mean that every rural home that has a well for water will also be taxed? Or that every rural home that collects rain water in a cistern will be taxed? This bill will do a lot to kill any land preservation attempts in Maryland. The farmers will be forced to do the only thing they can do to avoid bankruptcy - sell to the developers.

Maybe the developers are really behind this bill. Or maybe all I've heard about the kind of a person, politically and privately, that the Governor is, is really true. Anyway you look at it the idea of taxing a person for rain water collected in a pond (read collected in a cistern from the roof) or from a well paid for and maintained by a farmer (read any rural home owner) is obscene!

Anyone who considers themselves an honest taxpayer should let their state representatives know in no uncertain terms that they want this bill squashed before it sees the light of day. Stop destroying Maryland. Preserve its beauty by preserving its farms.

Richard Evans

Waynesboro, Pa.




Two for the ages

To the editor:

As you might know, Scott Rice is almost going to beat former North Hagerstown Hubs basketball star Ted Schoeck's record for most points scored in a career.

But here is the catch. Scott Rice can shoot three-pointers

Ted Schoeck could shoot three-pointers, but in 1977 they only counted for two points.

I was just thinking, why shouldn't they both go in the record books? They are both really good basketball players.

Scott Rice should go in the record book for most career points counting three- pointers and Ted Schoeck should go in the record books for most career points without three pointers. Then we could have "two for the ages."

Lauren Sandberg

Hagerstown

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