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Letters to the Editor

September 16, 2010

It is time to clear incumbents out of Congress



To the editor:

The Federalist Papers were written to explain the Constitution and one in particular seems very appropriate for the subject matter.

The 39th essay, paragraph 4, states the government derives its power from the people and is administered by persons for a limited time. This seems to fly in the face of incumbents. It further states that individuals tend to become tyrannical, but still think they are serving the republic. This applies equally to Republicans and Democrats, and the longer one is in office, the more they become tainted.

My contention is we need to remove all incumbents and continue to do so until they realize they serve at the pleasure of the people and for the people. We certainly need terms limits.

Coming up for re-election are two incumbents - U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Both have served in Congress during the Bush and Obama administrations. Congress has the worst approval rating, but voters continue to put members back in office.

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These two individuals, from what I have seen of their voting records, follow party lines. There is and was a great deal of displeasure with the Bush administration, and 70 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's plans of "change." But guess what? Uninformed voters will keep doing the same stupid stuff as before - vote incumbents back in office.

Edward Kendall
Hagerstown




Sharpton is only an afterthought



To the editor:

Mr. Burr Loomis' letter of Sept. 2 begs a response. His apparent worldview seems inconsistent with being a "white, Republican ... conservative." A conservative, typically, is a traditionalist and a protector of the Constitution. Such a person instinctively holds dear our Judeo-Christian values, and would not trash our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, and yet heap accolades on a charlatan like Al Sharpton.

Mr. Loomis highlights that Sharpton is a reverend, yet omits that rightful title from Martin Luther King Jr., then praises Sharpton for his work (as a reverend, one would suppose), and ultimately goes on to mock the power of Jesus ... who Sharpton is assumed to represent. Hmmm.

Sharpton ended up with egg on his face as a result of the magnificent success of Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally that Sharpton tried to derail. Sharpton was overshadowed that day and amounted to only an afterthought. Without the state-run media, he would not even have ended up on the radar screen.

Ironically, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece took part in Beck's celebration and commended him for his efforts, as did many other blacks and people of color who partook. Though I am no fan of Beck when it comes to his flavor of religion, I give him due kudos for sincerity, patriotism and recognizing our nation's need for Divine Providence. As for Sharpton, fomenting hate and discontent is what keeps him in business. Without stirring the "racial pot" on a regular basis, Sharpton would have to work for a living like most Americans (who still have a job). Lastly, and most importantly, it is those who have placed their trust in man and who have turned their backs on God, that have pushed our beloved America into economic turmoil and social upheaval.

Jim Rosko
Boonsboro

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