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Letters to the Editor

August 25, 2009

It's up to us to fix our economic problems



To the editor:

As a young woman finding my place in society, I feel it is time for my voice to be heard. My generation of teens and young adults will inherit the country that our parents and ancestors have built for us. I ask you now: What kind of country will you leave for me and your children?

I fear I will be punished for your decisions, and I refuse to accept it. Working in mortgage default, I hear excuses over and over about how "the economy" has caused so much turmoil and "someone" should do something about it.

Wake up, people.  

The economy is nothing but people. We are the economy. Who should do something about it? You! When you buy a house that you can't make the payments to keep, a car that you don't need and can't afford, a flat-screen TV on a payment plan, satellite radio, a gym membership that you don't use, magazine subscriptions that you don't even read, a timeshare in Hawaii and still go out to eat with your family every Friday night, who should you blame for running out of money. It isn't some mystical being called "The Economy." Who can fix this? Not the "All-Powerful Government."

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The poor state of affairs is your fault. You are ruining the country for your children and all of my generation, and it is time that we stand up and tell you NO. We will not be slaves to your debt or to the debt of our government. We will not be held accountable for your bad decisions and your refusal to take responsibility for your mistakes. We will not quietly carry your burdens because you were too irresponsible to stop spending money that you didn't have and sold your soul for an easy way out.

Sadly, there is no easy way out. What have you done? Every time you turn to the government and plead for them to "fix it," you give more power to politicians that you don't trust and give up a little more of your individual rights. The worst part is you don't just give up your own rights; you give up mine and your families' and your neighbors' and your friends' rights.

Again I ask you: What will you leave for my generation? I hope you will take action and make strides toward fixing your mistakes. Your posterity will be held accountable for your decisions, whether right or wrong. Is your child's freedom worth that flat screen in your living room?

 

Catherine Webb
Mount Airy, Md.




Granddaughter's efforts were heroic



To the editor:

On Aug. 10, my granddaughter, Kaitlyn Shafer, and I went to Martin's Food Market to get my medicine and a few items.

We were getting ready to leave and my granddaughter wanted something out of the machine. I was looking for quarters and found a piece of gum. I started to chew it, then I swallowed it, it got stuck and I was choking.

My 3-year-old granddaughter started hitting me on the back to try and get it out. Then, a lady stopped and did the Heimlich maneuver three times and it still wouldn't come out. My granddaughter stayed right beside me. Then, I passed out for a few minutes.

When I came to, my husband was on one side of me and another lady was on the other side. Another lady had my granddaughter in the cart. I kept looking for her when I came to.

I would like to say thank you to both of the ladies who helped me, to the manager and to my granddaughter.

I believe my granddaughter was a hero that day.

Evonne Showe
Hagerstown




Public behavior at health forums is nauseating



To the editor:

There was an excellent column in the Aug. 14 edition of The Herald-Mail about Thomas Nast and politicians ("Where is Thomas Nast(y) when we need him?" by Allan Powell).

The reprehensible behavior of many in the public also could have been included in the column. Witness the local demonstrations on the health issue.

I would like to make a few observations about the column, which could be called polishing a diamond or nit-picking.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was indeed a German-born cartoonist and illustrator, but his cartoons excoriating politicians were not limited to the "post-Civil War era." He was one of Lincoln's favorite humorists.

The word "nasty" is likely akin to the Dutch word "nestig" or "nistich" -- fouled like a dirty bird's nest, or, in German, "nist" -- nest.

Nauseous means sickening. Nauseated means sick in the stomach. Thus, the public should be nauseated by some of its members because their behavior is nauseous.

Vance L. Creech
Boonsboro




Vick should have spent the rest of his life in jail



To the editor:

I was very upset and disgusted to hear Michael Vick is now going to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Do we, as a society, sometimes turn our heads when it involves ones who don't have a voice?

Those dogs suffered due to his cruelness. He should spend the rest of his life in jail and set an example to our society that he is not above the law.

Helen Willis
Hagerstown




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