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Letters to the Editor

March 11, 2009

It's our money; let us decide how it should be spent



To the editor:

Being a member of the 85 or 90 percent of the population that simply gets up in the morning, goes to work and pays my bills; and being among the 60 percent of the population that actually pays federal income tax, perhaps I am not qualified to have an opinion or make a judgment as to how our nation got into our current economic mess.

However, I do have an opinion that I would like to share with those people in my same situation. It is, after all, me and people like me who will be doing all of the paying for the economic bailout of everyone else.

I would like to make the very simple observation that the majority of people in our country work hard for their money and manage it well. People such as myself know what we can afford for our selves and our families and we budget accordingly. It is really a very simple process and it keeps us out of economic trouble. We know how to say no to things that we cannot afford and our lives are secure and happy for that simple reason.

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I ask myself why is it that the responsible people are asked to bail out irresponsible people. And by people I mean not only individuals with failed personal finances but also businesses with failed business plans and governments with failed ideas.

I understand that we live under a social contract that requires us to join together to do things as a group that we cannot do as individuals.

These things were intended to be things such as national defense, education, police and fire protection, etc.

The social contract in America is not a contract of socialism. This country was built by individuals, not government. And that is the way it needs to remain.

It is a simple matter of fairness that those of us who live by the rules and participate in our very successful capitalist system should not be asked to condone our government's turn toward socialism to bail out those who have failed under our capitalist system.

We need to allow businesses and people to fail and fail quickly so that we can clear the air for the next great leap of capitalist growth.

The "smart" people who are now pretending to have the answers to getting us out of economic trouble are the very same "smart" people that got us into our trouble.

The truth of our economy is that it is the most democratic part of our country. We vote with our dollars all the time.If we like something we spend money on it; if we do not like something we do not spend our money on it and it fails.

This is the way of our system and it is very efficient and effective if it is left alone. So please encourage all of your elected representatives to simply stay home and spend no more of our money.

Tell them to let us all decide where to spend our money and our economy will recover nicely. And always remember that when your elected officials are discussing money, it is your money they are talking about.

All money and all wealth in America belongs to we the people. The wealth of America belongs to the private citizens of America and those of us who produce this wealth need to decide where it should be spent.

In conclusion, the quickest way to end our economic crisis is to cut taxes to near zero and let the people decide who should succeed in our economy.

Government should not be in the business of picking economic winners and losers. There is nothing more mismanaged in America than our government. We cannot trust the bunch of clowns in charge in Washington to decide our economic future. If we do, we will fail.

Rod Pearson Sr.
Keedysville




Heroes, role models and how they differ



To the editor:

To Donald Kaul:

This is in response to your opinion piece published in my local paper March 1 regarding heroes.

I can see why you lost the Pulitzer Prize twice, although the fiction category might have been appropriate. Your choice of heroes is skewed. Politicians and entertainers are not heroes simply by being politicians and entertainers.

The definition of a "hero" is "a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities." A "role model" is not necessarily a hero. Generally, though, a hero is a role model.

That is like all cows have four legs but not all four-legged animals are cows!

Michael Phelps is no hero. He is simply a great athlete and not a role model.

Alex Rodriguez is no hero. He also is simply a great athlete and not a role model.

Tim Geithner is definitely no hero. He is simply a politician, yes and not a role model.

Rush Limbaugh is no hero. He is a great entertainer and commentator.

Yes, "Sully" was a hero (and role model) by landing his airplane in the Hudson River with no fatalities but also, so were the first responders who got to the plane to save those passengers on the wings and in the water.

We see role models in athletics with people who are great at their sport and are active in charities and foundations that help the less fortunate. But they are not necessarily heroes.

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