Letters to the Editor

September 17, 2009

My vote will speak louder than others' rage

To the editor:

Just what is it with TEA Party people like David Lopoten of Hedgesville, W.Va.? ("New-world odor already is beginning to stink," Sunday, Sept. 13, page A4)

Is there no other emotion than rage or calling people without their rage, patsies and idiots who shouldn't be allowed near a voting booth because they don't take everything done by the government as an affront to their own dark perceptions, based upon cleverly worded misinformation and radio hosts being paid for ratings at all costs, not for anything approaching real wisdom?

He accuses Crystal Brown of wearing rose-colored glasses, but I'll take hers to the black, tunnel-vision eyewear of Mr. Lopoten, who I believe views things from a cynical dimension.


The beauty of our government is that I can vote out those that I don't like. One would have to believe that this might have been the trigger to all of this to begin with, in the results of the 2008 election. Where was the TEA Party and their ilk when the previous 43 presidents were running things?

Where was the TEA Party when President Reagan was building the Education Department? Where was the TEA Party when President George W. Bush expanded Education and Medicare? Where was the TEA Party when Bush and Henry Paulson oversaw the biggest government bailout of Wall Street firms? Right, that's just about what I thought.

Me, I'll vote, not secede.

Jay B. Tabor
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Toomey my choice for U.S. Senate in 2010

To the editor:

Americans are outraged. Fed up with a government that seems to be determined to take over every aspect of our lives and spend the country into oblivion, thousands of average citizens are making their feelings known at nationwide TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Parties and congressional town hall meetings. Judging from the squeals of anger and dismay coming from the left, this voter uprising is having its effect. The liberals in Washington are getting nervous.

Protests are one thing, but translating our anger and frustration into concrete action is another. Fortunately, your Pennsylvania readers have been presented with a rare opportunity to bring some common sense and integrity back into government.

Pat Toomey is running for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to replace the ultimate political opportunist, Arlen Specter. Toomey is a longtime advocate of personal freedom, lower taxes and limited government, and has previously served the people of Pennsylvania as a congressman from the Lehigh Valley area. He is also the former president of the Club for Growth, a nationwide grass-roots organization dedicated to growing the economy through free enterprise, lower taxes and less wasteful spending. Pat has been recognized for his work on behalf of taxpayers by groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers' Union.

Pennsylvania voters will have a clear choice next year. They can either stick with "business as usual" in the U.S. Senate, or support and vote for Pat Toomey, who will take our traditional American values to Washington with him.

Dwight D. Weidman
Chambersburg, Pa.

Motivating youth must be done for right reason

To the editor:

As a conservative parent, I do not have a problem with any president making a speech like the one that was given last week by President Obama.

Many people are now questioning the decision of the Washington County Public Schools to not show the speech, but this is with the advantage of hindsight.

If you had the opportunity to review the preparation material that was distributed about a week before the speech, you would have seen that the original plan was not the same type of speech. It was originally intended to try and gather some type of support for the president's agenda from our youth.

It is OK to encourage, energize and motivate our youth, but it must be done for the right reason.

Jason Hardy

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