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letters to the editor - 1/18/03

January 20, 2003

Cutting taxes for the wealthy lowers the deficit



To the editor:


Like many others locally and across the nation, I was really pleased when I learned of the Republican sweep in the mid-term election Nov. 5. It's really encouraging to me when knowledgeable folks do their duty and vote, exercising their right and privilege in a free nation.

Untold millions around the world do not have the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted. I am continually thankful to be an American and have no desire to live anywhere else.

Now I realize that many on the Democrat side were disappointed. Some of you, more than likely, are wondering if I am "missing the boat" on some important issues like Democrat leaders accusing Republicans of wanting dirty water, or wanting to take medicine from seniors or starving school children and or of wanting to dry up the Medicare fund or threatening Social Security and many other blatant lies that we've heard for many years.

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When President Bush pushed his tax cut plan, the old tired hue and cry was, "a big tax break for the rich." Well, so what. History has proven that cutting taxes has even helped the economy and reduced the deficit. President Reagan understood that it works. Democrats have used the class envy tactic but apparently it didn't work so well on the local and national scene, fortunately.

I don't know if the liberal anti-capitalism activists realize it, but they are pushing an agenda that is self-defeating. Now I do not claim to be an economist, but I can understand the wealthy being a very important class of people in our society.

Pray tell me, how would our economy survive without them? I'll tell you what would happen. Many millions of jobs would be gone and our economy would collapse. So the liberal and environmental activists who are anti-capitalists are barking up the wrong tree, in my judgment.

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.

Greencastle, Pa.




Give us a chance to build a new life after we get out



To the editor:


I am writing this letter out of a sense of extreme frustration.I wish to address the issue of release from prison. We've all heard the rhetoric, "eventually almost all prisoners will get out." That is true. But sadly enough, many will return. But why? Many feel (and rightly so) that it's because they return to the same lifestyle they'd led prior to their coming to prison.

But some return simply because they aren't aware that there is help for them. The problem lies in getting that information.

Many people are under the false impression that inmates are really taken care of - by the staff, for instance. Let me just say that from my own experience, nothing could be further from the truth!

You see, I am one of those who will soon be released. After having spent 13 years in prison, I will be set free. And what awaits me? That is the question. Unfortunately, it's one I can't seem to get answers to.

Oh, I have a "case manager." Even someone who is "subbing" for the social worker. Oh yes! And here's the best part: Since October of this year, I've been trying to get information concerning employment, a place to live, etc. Well you would think we live in the dark ages, because the only information gathered has been through my own struggles.

I do not wish to become another statistic, so therefore I decided that maybe I should find out what I could before it was too late.

No one wants to help, and yet they get paid for it. Oh, I got lip service and empty promises, telling me "Well, I still don't have anything for you, but I'll call you back in two weeks...."

Well, I've been "two-weeked" to death, and in just a few more weeks, I'll be gone.

Maybe that's the idea. My point is, many of us want to "do the right thing" and try to find help. We ask those whose job it is to give us this help, so that we stand a better chance of becoming productive members of society once we get out, and of not being part of that revolving door we all hear so much about.

Yet what chance do we have, when it seems the very people who are supposed to give you counsel, to aid you, either don't want to do their job, or just don't care?

Now, many feel we don't deserve any help, that we are lower than dirt. But let me assure you, those "lower than dirt" people will one day return to society. Will it be a productive return or otherwise? That is the question, isn't it?

This letter was just to let those interested know that yes, there are inmates who want to try and be responsible. And to let you know how very hard that is, when the ones we turn to for help simply won't give it. Wish me luck, because it seems as though I'll need lots of it.

James D. Marx

#211092 MCIH

Hagerstown

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