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Letters to the Editor

August 11, 2010

November is time to vote out so-called 'experts'



To the editor:

Does anyone remember the fellow that told you to sell your stock before the plunge in 2008? How about the guy that told you last winter how hot this summer was going to be? OK, how about the guy that warned the FBI on Sept. 10, 2001, that terrorists were going to hijack and then fly aircraft into buildings? Remember that fellow?

The global warming scientists, economists and lawyers are looked to as the answer men even though they have never produced a single tangible result. Would you want the global warming scientist who can't predict next week's weather building your home? Would you feel safe driving across a bridge built by an economist?

Many of these "experts" are nothing more than trust fund children, receiving Ivy league educations (Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama all are Ivy League graduates) paid for by their parents or the taxpayers. They then walk into positions, once again mostly because of connections, having very little talent if left on their own, that no one else could expect. How many of you started at six figures-plus after college or trade school?

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I think that there are real experts though. All you have to do to find them is to get up and look into a mirror. And that is what November's election is all about. This is a fight and for many of you who will vote against our ruling class of experts, the matter is settled. But this is a call to arms as dire as was the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The only difference is that the enemy is here in Washington.

If you want these experts out of your affairs, it's time not only to vote, but to recruit that like-minded friend or co-worker. The experts are worried that November will spell a big defeat for them. Let's at least allow them one right prediction.

James Parsons
Carlisle, Pa.




Md. employees deserve full pensions, benefits



To the editor:

Maryland Del. Andrew A. Serafini's recent public pension forum at Hagerstown Community College presented accurate, but not new, statistics about the increasingly unfunded liability of Maryland's public employee pensions.

What also was not new was the lack of discernible commitment from Serafini that he would work to fully fund these pensions instead of slashing them as well as other previously promised benefits.

In the case of Maryland's underpaid and underappreciated state employees, they have been taking it on the chin in frozen salaries and decreased benefits for years prior to this current recession. More recently, they also have been subject to multiple furlough days.

The governor and legislature should provide funding for previously promised pensions and other benefits.

It also would be prudent good governance to mandate an objective, third-party and nonpartisan analysis of the total compensation package for Maryland's state employees.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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