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Letters to the Editor

August 20, 2009

It's time to take our country back



To the editor:

In Mail Call on Aug. 18, a caller doesn't understand what many citizens feel they have lost and asks that they explain what it is they want to take back.

I can't speak for everyone else, but I'm one of those who wants to "take my country back" from politicians who no longer represent the very citizens who helped elect them. From politicians who are only concerned with fulfilling their own personal agendas. Politicians who simply "go along to get along and get theirs" at the expense of the rest of us.

The proposed health care plan is a good example. If these politicians think it's so great, why will none of them be signing up for it? Why will they be exempt?

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I want to take our country back from the millions of illegal immigrants who put a tremendous drain on resources that they've never contributed one dime toward supporting. At the rate this administration is going, we stand to lose a whole lot more personal freedoms and private choices.

Does this begin to give you the idea of what many of us feel we have already lost or are in the process of losing?

Barbara Murphy
Hagerstown




Lane's column should be read by all citizens



To the editor:

Smithsburg resident Joe Lane's message on the Aug. 16 Herald Mail Opinion page ("County going in wrong direction on development," page A9) is a message that should be read carefully by all Washington County citizens.

Lane correctly points out that our countywide sewer capacity will run out if we continue to develop at our current rate.

More importantly, he points out that the Washington County Commissioners are not requiring developers to pay their fair share to fund roads and schools that are needed when the developers build developments. He also says the developers are given tax breaks on their new developments.

Lane does a much better job than myself on outlining the problem. If you have an opportunity, read his column.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg




Health care legislation polarizes America



To the editor:

It seems obvious to me the major commotion within Congress on health care legislation has been caused by the polarity between liberal Democrats, who see progress in terms of much more government oversight of our lives, and individual Americans, who worry about more government intrusion in our lives as well as continued reckless government indebtedness of all of our futures.

The Republicans, in their previous majorities, also were part of this problem, and were abjectly absent advocates of good governance.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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