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Letters to the editor

September 08, 2008

Sarah Palin should be election deal-breaker



To the editor:

If it were not bad enough that Sarah Palin thinks women should have to continue pregnancies caused by rape and that schools should be forbidden to teach basic reproductive health but compelled to teach scientifically refutable fallacy, now it turns out that she's mean, too.

The unkind, untrue, and unnecessary attacks on Barack Obama's record and reputation in her speech at the Republican convention were inexcusable.

I hope any voter on the fence about whether or not to vote for John McCain in November will see his choice of Palin as a running mate for what it is: A desperate, failed attempt to gain the favor of the extreme right. Sarah Palin should be a deal breaker for any voter who cares about this country and our future.

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Kira Hamman
Smithsburg




Palin's talk doesn't agree with the record



To the editor:

Sarah Palin's speech was full of well executed zingers ("Palin takes verbal jabs at Obama," Sept. 4). Her mocking of community organizing was especially offensive. All over America, when people are unhappy with their government, many engaged folks work within their communities to bring about change.

This involves people of all political parties and persuasions, rolling up their sleeves and acting on their beliefs in a great American way -- hardly activity to be scorned.

Palin also took credit for stopping wasteful government spending, especially the notorious "earmarks." The poster child for earmarks is the Alaska "Bridge to Nowhere," which she says she stopped.

As reported elsewhere, she had earlier been a vigorous proponent. The bridge was not built, but she received and spent the funds for other purposes. She has a record of great success securing earmarks for her home town. This hardly matches the fiscal hawk she purports to be.

Steven Weiss
Boonsboro




Two months, two dolts



To the editor:

After thanking the brainless dolt who broke a window in my wife's car last month (costing us a fairly large chunk of our "economic stimulus check" to have repaired), I now write to thank the brainless dolt who backed into my wife's car in the park and ride lot last week, denting and scratching it, and then leaving without manning up to it.

Hopefully, I can pound out the dent and buff out the scratch so that it won't cost us even more money. What is wrong with you people, anyway?

Stuart McClung
Hagerstown




Can't a veteran get a bit of help here?



To the editor:

In the past year, Funkstown dedicated a much-publicized plaque that lists District 10 veterans who served in the military during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Unfortunately, the Korean listing is incomplete. Several known eligible individuals (including me) and quite possibly others, have been omitted from this honored scroll.

After several discussions with Mayor Kline, he expressed sympathy for the omissions but offered no remedy in view of the town's cost ($1,000) for the plaque.

The mayor did, however, refer me to the project manager for possible corrective action. Via telecom with the man, he emphatically stated, "If your name is not on the plaque now, it will never be."

He then abruptly hung up. I provided this insensitive reply to Mayor Kline, who stated he would bring this matter before the next town council meeting.

I was subsequently advised the council will take no action. These omissions could be corrected by affixing a small addendum (plaque) to the basic plaque with a list of all omitted eligible veterans from the above-named wars.

Omitted eligible veterans could be obtained from the Selective Service, or advertised in the local newspaper for omitted veterans to come forth with proof of service, eligibility, etc. This corrective action apparently is too much trouble. Thanks a lot - for nothing.

Jay R. Everly
Hagerstown




No more money for these foul-ups



To the editor:

I am not bailing out Fanny Mae or Freddie Mac. They fouled up, big time. Instead of firing them, the government wants to give them even more money. It just doesn't end.

This government is supporting economic terrorists such as Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac.

Let me ask you this: Would you let Fanny Mae or Freddie Mac manage your money?

I want my tax money back. I need to help the economy out by buying more with my tax dollars.

Kenneth W. Shaffer
Hagerstown

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