Habitat for Humanity is not a quick fix to homelessness nor can it solve all of the reasons for homelessness, but it is a long-term solution for those who are working and still cannot afford a safe, decent place to live. Habitat does not offer a handout, but a hand-up. Partner families put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity helping to build their own homes and, once they are in their home, make affordable monthly payments on a no-interest, no-profit home loan.
If you would like additional information about Habitat for Humanity, feel free to contact us.
Thank you again for your excellent and informative series. Awareness of the problem is half the battle, and you have done an admirable job of informing the public.
director of development
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County
Symbols must not be removed from memorials
To the editor:
"All crosses serving as headstones in Arlington Cemetery must be removed immediately." Shocking, yes. Possible, yes.
Why? The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments beginning Oct. 7 that could ban all religious symbols on federally owned property. The court's decision, in effect, could outlaw public display of a Christian symbol - the cross, long held sacred by millions of Christian Americans.
The court case, Salazer vs. Buono from California's 9th District Court, has been a longtime legal fight between ACLU lawyers and local veterans groups. Located on an isolated stretch of a two-lane highway through the Mojave Desert, the cross was erected in 1934 to honor World War I Americans who died in battle. Now shielded from motorists' view by a plywood box in compliance with a lower court order, the cross presently stands covered, thus hidden to the infrequent traveler.
Removal from public viewing of crosses, angels, Stars of David, engraved written or recited references to God and other manifestations must not become the law of the land via a Supreme Court decision. If this court decides in October that this lonely cross on a desolate highway is a violation of "separation of church and state," the domino effect could unleash a full-throttle attack, with ACLU lawyers leading the charge.
Americans of all faiths must not let this California cross or any religious symbol be removed from our military memorials/cemeteries. Removing these symbols is an anathema to all rational-thinking Americans and must be off limits to ACLU lawyers or other anti-American organizations.
Please let your voice be heard via the Supreme Court's e-mail (www.supremecourtus.gov) or court clerk's phone (201-479-3011). Our brave warriors who were killed defending our country deserve your support now. Please don't let them down.
Maryland can lead way on income tax reform
To the editor:
There has not been much mentioned about tax reform lately. Let Maryland lead the way.
With modern technology today, it should be easy to formulate a procedure to simplify our income tax structure. With records on sales of consumer goods at our disposal over many years of recordkeeping, it would be possible to have a sales tax on consumer products. With this system, everybody pays their fair share.
There are situations where people are using our system to their advantage who we provide with our tax money, for example, Welfare contributions and Social Services, who avoid the tax, but continue to bleed it. With a consumer sales tax, we all pay our fair share.
Come on Maryland, let's lead the way on income tax reform.
Health care solution: Extend Medicare coverage
To the editor:
We all know that the present health care delivery system is broken. Even the Senate Republicans, fighting tooth and nail to block the Democrats' 1,100-page reform bill, know that. But we don't need an 1,100-page bill, which will inevitably open new paths to graft and corruption.
There is a simple way to fix this, one that has already been proven and is working in America today: Extend Medicare to everybody.
We already know Medicare works. It's ponderous, and not everybody is happy with it all the time, but most of us seniors are reasonably happy with it most of the time.
We can extend Medicare to everybody as a viable public option and solve the major problems right now.