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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 28

December 24, 2010

President, other officials should take pay cut

To the editor:

This country is in worse shape than I could ever have imagined. It seems like there are a lot of people who are suffering from lost jobs and none available, home foreclosures, no money for food or heat, etc. 

How could anyone holding a public office and who has a large salary, such as the president and members of Congress, be able to sleep at night, knowing that there are many people who don't have any money, can't get a job and are losing their homes. Yet they continue to have a big salary, health benefits and not have to worry where their next pay is coming from, how they are going to pay the bills, how they are going to heat their homes if they have a home, where they are going to get groceries and when they are going to lose their home. 

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I think the president and members of Congress need to take a cut in their salaries like 75 percent of the people in the United States have had to do. They need to feel the pinch like everyone else so they can lay their head down at night with a clear conscience. 

I challenge the president and members of Congress to take a 50 percent cut in pay immediately if they think anything of the United States of America and the people who live here and voted them in to office.

Kenneth W. Ditch Jr.

Cascade

Candidate concerned about business, taxes

To the editor:

Today, as every other day as I turn on the morning news, I am saddened by the problems facing this great nation. Of course, there are many issues in our own small community of Tuscarora, issues that should not be overlooked.

In Tuscarora and Franklin County, it is agreed that our taxes are too high. This is because of the deteriorating economy and the fact that our federal and state governments haven't been funding near as much. 

However, we should not need their help. We should not be depending so much on the federal and state governments to keep our small community going, but we do. This is how we all keep afloat, but now more than ever, we need to make sure that we keep our children's futures in mind, but still make necessary cuts. 

In times like these, cuts need to be made. However, due to our lack of industry and business in our area, we can't compete with our neighboring communities. This puts the burden on our farmers and families in the community, which is very unfortunate. We really need to work together to attract more business to the community.

On another note, as I'm sure most of you who live in the Montgomery Township area are aware, I received a polling call about Whitetail Resort obtaining a liquor license, I'm sure you got this same call. I believe this is a wonderful idea and could help our community greatly. We want to keep our property taxes low, right? Let's do something to help that along.

Our leaders lose touch with these problems. I hope that the Tuscarora citizens will elect me to the school board and contact me with any concerns, comments or questions they might have.

Chris Ardinger

Mercersburg, Pa. 

candidate for Tuscarora School Board

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