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Letters to the Editor

July 24, 2010

Only vote for those who will not run again



To the editor:

As we approach the fall election, I believe that it is a good time to give some very serious thought to the type of individual whom we need to elect to public office.

I think that most Americans would agree with me that the current crop of people that we have in high elected office appears to have some very serious shortcomings. The vast majority of our current elected officials project extremely partisan views.

The truth concerning any issue appears to be far less important than "winning" on that issue. My observation about our legislators from both parties is that the exercise of ego-driven power is of far more importance than conceiving and passing realistic and meaningful legislation for the American people.

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Is there anyone among you who believes that our current crop of national leaders would have even the remotest chance of establishing our great republic had they been around in 1776? I dare say that the answer to this question is an unequivocal no!

OK, so what is the difference between the citizen politicians of 1776 and those of today? The answer is simple; it is motivation and experience. The founders of our nation pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to establish our republic. The founders of our nation all had real jobs and they considered public service a sacred duty.

Our Founding Fathers were not career politicians, nor did they ever envision politics as becoming a career. It was their expectation that people from all walks of life would seek public office to serve the public good and then quickly return to their real careers. Our Founding Fathers thought that the gene pool of public servants would be vast; they never thought that people would go to Washington, D.C., become career politicians and remain there for decades building their personal power at the expense of good government for the American people.

Additionally, the Founding Fathers never envisioned that Congress would hire a staff in excess of 30,000 to draft most legislation and do most of the work. Our Founding Fathers thought that Congress would come together as an entire group and propose and debate legislation; they did not intend for Congress to meet in small committees and have only a very few Congress members make important decisions that would then be rammed down the throats of the entire body.

We the people were intended to be the government and have all of the power in the United States of America. Our Founding Fathers created a republic, which means that we elect people to represent us. We do not elect people to rule us; we were intended to rule ourselves.

OK folks, things have gotten out of hand and we need to take back our power to govern ourselves. We simply must begin electing people to office who have real jobs in the real world that they intend to go back to after their brief period of public service, and we simply must insist that those who are elected to represent us actually do represent us.

We are not electing parents, we are electing servants and we must demand that they serve us, not enslave us through taxation and regulation. In the Constitution of the United States, all of the power belongs to the people; we merely delegate it to our elected officials and they do not have the discretion to do what we do not want done.

Our Founding Fathers never thought that the American people would vote for anyone who did not represent their views.Unfortunately they were wrong. This is why we are in the mess that we are in and we must begin to change things this fall before it is to late. Everyone, please do your civic duty; learn the issues, study the candidates and vote for patriots who will restore American hope, ideals and promise!

Rodney Pearson Sr.
Keedysville




Will we become the lost generation?



To the editor:

What happened to the morals, values, integrity and respect that the last generation displayed consistently? Have we gotten so busy and greedy that we have no regard for the value of a human life?

What happened to the days when you were valued and respected in your workplace? The days when you were valued as a person and a worker. The days when you cared about your employees well-being. When wellness, safety and family were important pieces of life. We have gotten so far away from family values and working with integrity in the corporate world.

It always seems to be about the almighty dollar. Don't get me wrong, success is good. You must have profitability to succeed. But I think that in today's society, greed and competitiveness have replaced the normal desire to succeed. We have stepped outside the box and made our corporate world a place where, in many cases, it becomes profitability at any cost.

Do you compromise your integrity, character and honesty because it brings you a paycheck? Does the dollar become more important than gaining the trust of the person you are working beside? Is money more important than doing the right thing?

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