Letters to the Editor

April 17, 2010

Annapolis could use a change of political scenery

To the editor:

Annapolis has a lot going for it and no lack of beautiful scenery.

It does lack one thing - elected representatives willing to look out for Maryland's taxpayers. This was recently demonstrated by our state House of Delegates' Democratic delegates.

A house Republican offered an amendment to the Budget Reconciliation and Finance Act designed to express the General Assembly's intention not to raise, expand or create new taxes over the next four years. Democrats had to pledge to face the challenges ahead without raising our already high taxes.

Instead, they rejected it.

Even more disturbing was this amendment was put on the table after Democrats shot down a series of other amendments aimed at freezing tax increases. Why are Maryland Democrats so unwilling to put their refusal to cut taxes in writing? Quite simply, they have become addicted to overspending and raising our taxes to cover for it.


My opponent, John Donoghue, is a nearly 20-year incumbent. He has voted for every major tax increase during his five terms. This includes a vote in 2007 for the largest tax increase in the history of Maryland, which included a 20 percent sales tax increase.

If Maryland continues to raise your taxes, it hurts your bottom line. If it taxes your employer out of town, you will have no bottom line.

I am running to go to Annapolis and look out for you. Hagerstown deserves a delegate who will work as a watchdog for your wallet. I look forward to taking on this tremendous challenge.

Cort Meinelschmidt
Republican candidate for House of Delegates Subdistrict 2C

American health care system is far from a utopia

To the editor:

What a tirade by R. Martin Palmer in his March 15 letter to the editor in The Herald-Mail ("Current health care bill is about government control," page A4).

"The cathedral of American health care" is already teetering on its foundation. American health care is not "the envy of the world." Not until every American citizen is covered from the moment of his or her birth until the time of death. Not until he or she can choose his or her own doctor, a doctor who makes home visits in the afternoon. Not until the patient can choose his/her hospital. Not until following surgery, patients can go to a rehabilitation establishment decided by the doctor, for the number of days or weeks necessary for total recovery. Not until no insurance company is involved in deciding what you need, whether you are eligible or who will determine your care.

Utopia? No. That's the French health care system - run by the government. Yes, the French pay more taxes, but everyone, rich or poor, young and old (my mother died at 100, in the hospital of her choice, followed by the doctor of her choice. Hardly a case of killing grandma), black or white, is covered.

Mr. Palmer's letter is nothing but a tissue of misinformation, a story designed to scare people. The "executive" does not need to possess our medical records. Between drivers' licenses, Social Security information, Medicare and Medicaid, it already knows everything about the American citizen. How many Democrats or Republicans has the letter writer talked to in order to make a blanket assertion that "they do not want the current health care bill." Not those who have to decide between buying the necessary medication or putting food on the table; not those who are denied insurance because of a previous condition; not those who cannot afford the insurance premium demanded. In any case if the insurance you have satisfies you, you need not change anything.

Would the letter writer have ranted so ferociously when former President Roosevelt introduced the Social Security system in 1935? Would he have objected so strongly when former President Truman desegregated the United States armed forces in 1947? Would he have crusaded so incoherently when former President Johnson signed the Civil Rights law in 1966? Or is it just this president, the first president bold and determined enough to remedy the scandal that is the American health care. Now that the bill has passed, people will have to find something else to clamor about.

Jeanne Jacobs

Ehrlich, Parrott would make a good team in Annapolis

To the editor:

It was good to see former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich in Hagerstown recently to kick off his campaign in the governor's race.

Our state is in big trouble because of government spending. Families and businesses have to live on a balanced budget, but our current leaders in Annapolis waited too long to start tightening their belts. Ehrlich has a track record of fiscal discipline and he is a proven leader.

I believe Ehrlich will win the election, but we need some new blood in Annapolis to work with him to get our fiscal house in order.

Neil Parrott is a candidate for the House of Delegates. He was at the rally with Ehrlich and I've met him personally. He is a strong family man and owns and runs a small business here in Hagerstown. He knows the obstacles that small businesses face because of overtaxation and government red tape. We need guys like these in office to cut government spending and lower taxes on the small businesses in order to grow the economy. It's the only way we are going to get out of this financial mess.

Mark Merson

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