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Letters to the Editor

April 03, 2010

Socialism is not the answer to our country's problems



To the editor:

It has been quite a while since I have written a letter to the editor, but after reading Jeff Driscoll's letter on Sunday, March 28 ("Euro-style socialism is already here; so what?," page A11), I have to respond.

Have we become so dumbed down, brainwashed and lazy as a nation that we can actually accept socialism?

Driscoll says it himself. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are social programs run by the government and admits that they are poorly run and poorly funded. Social Security is broke. Where do you propose we get the extra money? Our pockets, that's where. He even admits that he doesn't mind giving more money to the government so they can waste and spend even more.

Here's an idea that seems to have been forgotten somewhere along the way. Why do we need to depend on the government? Are we too lazy to stand on our own? Too dependent to stand up and do for ourselves?

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It's funny, the people I've met from Europe and Canada have a deep resentment for their socialized health care due to long waiting periods and government guidelines as to what and who gets covered. If this plan is so great, why are our very own government officials exempt from it? I'll tell you why, because they have become so arrogant and power hungry that they actually believe they are smarter than us. That they are better than us. As I have stated so many times, they are elected to represent what we want and not what they think is best for us.

I feel sorry for Mr. Driscoll. He apparently doesn't mind government controlling every aspect of his life. He is probably too young to remember watching our young soldiers dying on television every night in live news coverage from Vietnam. Those very soldiers that fought and died for the very thing you are willing to give up - freedom.

Not me. I can think for myself. And I will stand firm and fight this cancer of socialism until my very last breath.

I close with the famous words of the great Patrick Henry: "Give me liberty or give me death."

Rob Butler
Hagerstown




Religious beliefs have not been the cause of wars



To the editor:

Vance L. Creech, in his letter to the editor on March 28 ("Iron-clad religious beliefs serve no one," page A11) claims "religions have been and are a never-ending cause for conflict and the effusion of blood."

Has he ever really looked at the body count of the conflicts of just the previous two centuries? Whatever one's view of religion might be, at least the math should be unambiguous.

Let's start with the Napoleonic wars. What religion prompted Napoleon to become the master of Europe and Egypt? Was it the Russian religion or the Russian winter that did him in?

How about our Civil War? Both sides shared the same religion, but not the same view on tariffs (the actual cause of the first shots) or the belief in states' rights versus federal government or the abolition of slavery. The latter perhaps for many had a basis in the rights of all men given by our creator, which I'm sure Mr. Creech would not care to eliminate.

What was the religious belief that the Prussians brought to the Franco-Prussian conflict? How were the commercial and territorial ambitions of the Germans, English, French and Russians in any way driven by religion to start World War I? Except for the royal families of Russia and the Austria-Hungary religion, this was a nonevent for the other leaders.

Certainly, no one should attribute a causal effect to religion in the case of the communist revolutions in Russia and China, World War II, or the Korean and Vietnam wars. Does anyone think that we would be at war in Iraq or Afghanistan if it were only about religions and not oil and strategic political considerations on our part in relation to the state of Israel, which in reality go back to the political machinations of the Allied powers at the end of World War I.

It should be obvious to anyone with a calculator that the blood really flows when people are convinced that they are in charge and are not responsible to God and his special gift of free will. Does anyone think the evils brought on by scientific Eugenics so fervently expounded by American and English activists in the early 20th century, supported by our great foundations and picked up by German scientists, was some kind of perverted religious tenet?

Count the bodies. Numbers don't lie.

Richard Giovanoni
Hagerstown




All options should be considered to relieve traffic congestion



To the editor:

On Tuesday, March 30, 10 citizens took the time to attend the Washington County Commissioners meeting and to speak to them about the proposed Northeast Bypass. Another 20-plus with work commitments and other responsibilities gave me permission to use their names against this proposal should I need to.

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