Letters to the editor

October 03, 2004

Don't accept the status quo

To the editor:

When the American colonists realized that tyranny was their fate if they remained under the rule of King George, they looked beyond their immediate interests and their own financial security to reach for the freedom that they thought was their destiny.

Some people are willing to accept the status quo, to allow monied interests to make all of their decisions and to form their votes. If we here in West Virginia, who by and large are middle class and working class, accept the status quo offered by George Bush and Dick Cheney, then we abdicate the opportunity to change the future, to expand our potential and to "secure the blessings of liberty for (our) selves and (our) posterity."

Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers left us with documents that both rocked and ultimately radically changed the status quo, and outlined a process by which our nation could proceed with the maximum freedom and the minimum interference with individual liberties. What these patriots would have made of the "Patriot Act" is a question every lover of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence should ask him or herself. Weigh these things carefully before you vote on Nov. 2.


Jack Kidwell

Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Munson, squared

To the editor:

Recently, I read with interest where Washington County Commissioner John Munson had proposed taking some of the Board of Education funds to repair some potholes in the roads of Washington County. I wondered to myself if somewhere down the road, this might result in drivers with limited intellect driving on our roads in the county. It may be a necessity to explore this issue, but I certainly would look for other revenues instead of the education line item.

After thinking about Commissioner Munson's proposal, I was reminded that Sen. Don Munson's vote to raise the cost of renewing tags has created a significant hardship on the seniors of this county. When everyone renews their auto tags, they should pause to remember Senator Munson's vote.

I know for certain people like my mom, who is on a fixed income, will remember his vote. Instead of penalizing our seniors and creating additional burdens for them when they are on fixed incomes, why not reduce their cost for tag renewals. Did Senator Munson ever think about giving seniors a discount on tag renewals instead of penalizing them by increasing this fee?

I am not sure that the "Munson" thinking is geared to assist the citizens of our county in the best possible way. I would at least urge them to revisit their positions and strongly suggest to Senator Munson during the upcoming 2005 legislative session that he consider sponsoring a bill to give our senior citizens a discount on tag renewals.

Raising fees in areas such as tag renewal is just as bad or worse than raising taxes on the populace, as it takes away valuable dollars from those seniors who need it the most. Can we have a little "common sense" and "compassion" please for our seniors?

Lloyd "Pete" Waters


Why aren't people thinking?

To the editor:

There must be a shortage of thinking caps in your paper's distribution area, judging from letters supporting John Kerry. They never seem to question or rationalize anything he says.

First, it was "we're going to take this country back," but never an explanation of back to what. Then came the "I have a plan" speeches: He has a plan to end the war on terrorism, give health care to everyone, bring the troops home from Iraq, nab bin Laden, give tax breaks to the middle class (yet to be defined), etc., etc. Never a word as to exactly what these plans are or how they will be carried out. One has to wonder, with Kerry sitting in the Senate for 19 years, what bills he has introduced to implement these brilliant ideas.

Now the mantra is "W is for wrong." Bush made the wrong decisions on everything but Kerry never tells us what the right decisions would have been. Then there are the flip-flops. Can anyone imagine those landing vessels sitting off the coast of France in 1944, with troops already storming Omaha Beach, when along comes an urgent message from the president saying, "I changed my mind; go back to England immediately."

When people say they want a change, no matter who, I recall my history teacher in 1940 telling the class about her visit to Germany when Hitler was campaigning for president. She said the crowds became so whipped up with his campaign rhetoric that they rushed toward the podium with such force and excitement that she was literally lifted off her feet and swept along in the mob. These people wanted a change too, no matter who, and that paper hanger sure gave it to them.

M.M. Hill

Chambersburg, Pa.

No help for W. Md. workers

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