Letters to the editor - 1/23/03

January 23, 2003

Stimulating for the rich

To the editor:

For everyday people in America, President Bush's Economic Stimulus plan is nothing but a false hope. It does nothing to stimulate the economy in the short term and ignores the millions of people who are in need of a lift. The president says that he is concerned about men and women who are struggling, yet most of his economic stimulus plan goes to those who are extremely wealthy.

President Bush's plan is flawed because most of his proposed tax cuts go to wealthy people who will likely save rather than spend tax rebates. Instead of tax breaks for the wealthy, a number of political and business leaders have argued that giving tax cuts to lower- and middle-income citizens will generate more demand for goods and services.

When regular people use the money to buy a new washing machine or other durable goods, the economy starts to expand. When the economy expands, new jobs are created and everyone wins. Tax cuts to the wealthy get reinvested, but do nothing to create more demand in the economy.


Any economic stimulus plan should effectively and immediately generate growth and jobs. President Bush's economic stimulus package is fuzzy math. Please call or write President Bush and tell him that you want a stimulus package that affects regular Americans, not the 1 percent who live in gated communities.

Keith Scott

Frederick, Md.

A second chance

To the editor:

Yesterday, the infamous Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, turned 30 years old. For those who are not old enough to understand why I use the term "infamous" decision, it was the decision that has permitted abortion-on-demand for the past 30 years.

I could talk about what abortions are, but this year I want to talk about God's mercy. Even the doctors who have literally killed thousands of innocent children can cancel all their appointments, get down on their knees, ask God to forgive them. And he will. Clinic counselors and techs, you, too, can join the doctors.

"His ways are not ours" is so evident when it comes to forgiveness.

May our God be blessed.

Patricia A. Patterson

Falling Waters, W.Va.

Sensitivity to violence is good

To the editor:

I am compelled to reply to the letter written by Garrett Snyder, which appeared in the Dec. 22 edition of this paper. In it he stated that he was appalled by an article that told of the feelings of Ms. Baker-Shenk who is keeping her children from playing violent video games or, in his words, "hiding her children from the horrors of this world."

His response to the statistic that the average child will see 8,000 murders by the time they finish elementary school was, "good, that's nothing compared to the real world."

The letter seems to suggest that these videos are a good training ground for the life ahead. I find this absurd! As parents we are quite aware of what exists in the world and the fact that we cannot keep our children from exposure to it. They will get this from television and radio when we are not around or at their friends' house and yes, in school. Our job, and that of any adult, is to teach our kids that they can make a difference in this world by acting against, not accepting, violence whether real or simulated.

This becomes much more difficult when a child is looking through the eyes of a killer and pulling a simulated trigger which will cause people to bleed and die, especially with today's technology which make these images even more life-like. The last thing we want is to desensitize them to this.

We all know how long kids can stay on these games when left unchecked. Worse yet, there are no repercussions in these games. Rarely is the player "caught" and even then they will not see a judge's gavel coming down and pronouncing 30 years to life whereupon the game disintegrates and is unusable, like a real killer's life.

In some variations the player is portrayed as the good guy but even this is no reason to advocate death and destruction.

Stating that these games will prepare children for the "real world" is to promote the true violence and horror that Snyder is so adamantly against. Being visually bludgeoned by these images will only hurt, not help, the world's problems.

Andy Macomber


Pets belong inside

To the editor:

God bless the Washington County Humane Society.

Why would anyone want to adopt a wonderful puppy and then put it outside? If you truly love an animal you want to keep it with you all the time. I have had 10 dogs and six cats in my life and none of them was kept outside. I wouldn't even consider it.

Keep up the good work.

Barbara A. Niedentohl

Waynesboro, Pa.

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