Letters to the Editor

June 29, 2009

Apathy is a threat to democracy

To the editor:

One of the many threats to our form of democracy is apathy.

We each stand side by side, unhappy with actions taken by our elected representatives, but we do little to change their actions.

It matters not what our political affiliations are - conservative, liberal or moderate. What matters is we don't surrender our precious right to influence our government's action through the representatives we've elected to serve us and represent our needs in office. It really doesn't matter what level of government we are reviewing.

We each must let our representatives know of our strong feelings in a respectful manner.

Be action-prone by letting each elected official know your feelings. Many local papers will provide contact information for elected representatives. Use this information to make the contacts.


Don't let creeping apathy cause us to lose control of the best form of government in the world.

Frank J. Subasic
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

What happened to our recovery package?

To the editor:

In Tuesday's edition of The Herald-Mail on the front page, the headline read "No cost-of-living adjustment expected for Social Security." In response to this, I would ask: Has the train of recovery stalled on the tracks or is it just going backwards?"

I think I can figure this out. Down home, we used to say, "A little dab will do you." This time around, we get nothing, and next year, 1 percent will do. No doubt, some will say the money just isn't there. To this, I would ask: What happened to our recovery package? Did someone snatch it?

As a retired Navy chief, I think I speak for a lot of other retired people when I say to our government: Give us something to look forward to besides an empty, dirty pan. Don't lie to us and make it sound like the money is on its way.

Signed, cold, tired, sick and hungry.

Fred Revell
Big Pool

Political parties should change their names

To the editor:

The Greek and Latinate names of our two major political parties do not disclose the characters of these parties clearly. Nor do the adjectives applied to these parties, such as "progressive" or "liberal" to the Democrats and "conservative" to the Republicans.

I would change the names of the parties. The Democrats, I would call "The Do-Something Party." The Republicans, I would call the "Do-Nothing Party."

The public then would have a better idea of what they are voting for or against.

Harold C. Craig Jr.
Emmitsburg, Md.

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