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Letters to the Editor

July 23, 2010

Pension forum set for July 29



To the editor:

During the latest session of the Maryland General Assembly there was a great deal of discussion regarding the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.

Reports from the Pew Center on the States and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University have raised significant issues with pensions from states across the country. Additionally, the legislature decided that a commission would be convened to study the situation and make recommendations for the 2011 session.

In an effort to offer current and retired participants a better understanding of the situation there will be a free public forum on July 29, at 7 p.m.

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It will be held at the Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. R. Dean Kenderdine, executive director of the Maryland State Retirement Agency and Marta Mossburg from the Maryland Public Policy Institute will be participating.

Andrew Serafini
Delegate 2A




Unemployment pay only feeds joblessness



To the editor:

President Obama is indeed bringing change to America. He is now making unemployment another welfare program.

Currently Democrats are ready to extend unemployment benefits again. Many states currently pay people not to work for as much as 99 weeks. Nearly two years of benefits -- and that is not enough time for someone to find a job?

My question is -- how this be? The liberal media have been reporting the recession is over. Obama has boasted how the stimulus bill has saved and created millions of jobs. Vice President Joe Biden called this the "summer of recovery." And yet the government has to extend the time people are paid not to work?

President Obama's chief economic advisor Larry Summers pointed out the obvious with this economic fact:

"The second way government assistance programs contribute to long-term unemployment is by providing an incentive, and the means, not to work. Each unemployed person has a 'reservation wage' -- the minimum wage he or she insists on getting before accepting a job. Unemployment insurance and other social assistance programs increase (the) reservation wage, causing an unemployed person to remain unemployed longer."

Democrats counter with the usual response that Republicans do not care about unemployed people. I reply, how can you care about people by giving them an additional incentive to stay out of the job market and keeping the unemployment rate higher then what it should be?

Democrats are wanting to pass this new welfare program and add to the already crippling deficit they have racked up. The deficit for the year has already passed $1 trillion -- and we still have three months to go. So what is another $90 billion added to the nations credit card?

Terry Weddle
Fayetteville, Pa.

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