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Letters to the editor - Part 2

October 05, 2003

Good for a laugh


To the editor:

In response to the question put forward in Fred Rohrer's letter of Sept. 24 concerning what Tim Rowland has "done for our country, Washington County or Hagerstown to help solve the problems besides disrupting the public's thinking?" - I don't think Tim Rowland has disrupted the public's thinking any more than it already is disrupted.

What he has done for us is to make us think, write letters and most of all, laugh.

Sandra K. Warfield
Hagerstown




Terror war is a sham


To the editor:

America's war on terrorism is an utter sham. It is in fact a continuation of America's class war: the rich against the poor. Those of us who are not multi-millionaires are painfully aware of which side the Bush cabal is on.

Consider, for instance, the vast proportion of our tax dollars that goes into the black hole that is the Pentagon treasury. According to the Pentagon itself, it cannot account for 25 percent of its budget; that is, it doesn't know how it spent the money!

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In its effort to make the world safe for multi-national corporations to exploit and plunder the working poor, the Bush regime (as those before him) plans to extort more than $4 trillion from us taxpayers during the next decade in order to keep the U.S. war machine idling. This doesn't include the cost of war. Wars are extra. Now, a trillion is a big number.

Jim Hightower has done some interesting calculations to convey some idea of just how large it is. For example, a trillion seconds equates to 31,688 years. A trillion seconds ago Neanderthals walked the earth.

Want affordable prescription drugs? You've got to be kidding! Better schools? It's not going to happen! Affordable housing? Out of the question! A living wage? Don't make me laugh! Such ideas stem from the concept of the common good and they are a birthright of more socially advanced nations such as Switzerland and Germany.

Politicians awash in corporate money (can you name one who isn't?) have no interest in the common good. Indeed, the very concept of the common good flies directly in the face of "profits before people" that is so firmly entrenched in the minds of the so called free-marketeers.

The common good is a human value - a democratic ideal lived by decent working class people everywhere. It is a value that is always at odds with the corporate values of massive profits and endless greed. The mechanisms of the Bush cabal operate purely on behalf of their own financial self interest and the interest of the corporate oligarcy that runs America. It thrives on slave labor, suppressed wages, fear mongering and perpetual war. It feeds on the bodies of the working class both at home and abroad: people like you and me.

Charles Sullivan
Hedgesville, W.Va.




Coop under strange guard


To the editor:

Regarding the news on CNN on Saturday morning, Sept. 13, concerning our Homeland Security, and the fact that some American planes are now refusing to let certain people from certain races fly our aircraft due to the Sept. 11 incident, and also the advertisement which was shown on the television earlier that week, which was sponsored by the Sept. 11 victims regarding "Time Out" for the I.N.S. Department, I feel I must offer my opinion due to my recent observations.

I wholeheartedly agree regarding these changes concerning who flies our planes, but why not extend that to the Immigration and Naturalization Service? Let me explain:

My husband and I were recently separated by the I.N.S. for 13 months because his visa had expired and since we got married while he was here, that made no change to the situation, so he had to return to the United Kingdom. And all of those 13 months were spent applying to the American Embassy in London for another visa so that he could return to me.

It was only after applying a second time that his visa was granted. But in order for that to happen, he had to show all documents regarding all previous marriages/divorces, documents and letters of references from other people who knew him, details of his immediate family and of course, any police record checks regarding his background.

All of this was shown to the American embassy and as mentioned, enabled him to return to the USA. We are now in the process of making his stay for good and official.

One of these official matters took us to an I.N.S. Department for him to have his fingerprints and photo taken, and I was completely amazed at just how many different races of people were working in that office.

Here we are, talking about making our country safe and secure, yet can I be the only one who worries what would/could happen if a disgruntled worker for the I.N.S. who has had a bad day with the boss/family finally decides that enough is enough and lets in people from his/her race without checking them out fully as they did with my husband - and letting into our country, a probable terrorist?

If these plans are to let only true Americans fly our planes, then why not Americans only working for the immigration? To offer a job to anyone who doesn't have an honest birthright to this country, or who has only been here a few years because their family came here from another country, can only, in time (and I hope I am proved so wrong), so much more problems than we have now.

Debbie Forrest
Hagerstown

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