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Letters to the Editor

April 20, 2010

It's time to tell the left to mind its own business



To the editor:

I grew up in Cumberland, Md. I left and spent 20 years in the Air Force. Now, I work in Pennsylvania.

I still call Western Maryland home. Its mountains and small towns are truly charming and unique. So it is with great sadness that I've watched my home decline thanks to greedy leftists from Baltimore and Washington, surely an evil Mordor on the Potomac.

I remember men who worked in the same factory for 40 years for decent wages. But the federal and state governments, dominated by authoritarian leftists with environmental witch doctors in the lead, shut all of that down.

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If you despair of finding a good job, just remember the one thing that has grown and prospered these last 40 years - big government, all at your expense.

I watched all of this until the final straw broke, the thing that led me into the tea party movement - CFL light bulbs.

Soon, in the land of the free, I won't even be able to buy an incandescent light bulb. I'm not here to debate any issues on poisonous mercury-filled CFLs. I'm here to say that I'm an American and I can buy any bulb I want, and that the leftists need to shut up and mind their own business.

If you believe in global warming, because it is now proven as faith, not science, then great. Do something about it, but you are no one to demand that I pay for your belief. The left has lured us into arguments over nonsense issues.

It's not the environment; it is why the left has resorted to scaring people with false claims. It isn't gun control; it's why the left acts as advocates for criminals. It isn't unions; it is why the left has abandoned the American worker for illegal immigrants. It isn't about equality; it is why the left has made second-class citizens out of the majority in this country.

I don't think I'm alone, and come November, I'll find out. November will be our chance to tell the left to mind its own business.

James Parsons
Carlisle, Pa.




Immunity must not become shield for terrorism



To the editor:

Regarding the ongoing Qatar flap - the bottom line is and must be clear. Diplomatic immunity must never be allowed to become a shield for terrorism, terrorists or other acts of crime.

Diplomats are, above all else, guests of the host nation as well as (presumed) honorable representatives of their own nation. Visiting jailed terrorists hardly qualifies.

Send such "diplomats" packing.

Joe Hammell
Waynesboro, Pa.

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