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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 2

December 31, 2010

Let's hope the new year brings a new vision

To the editor:

For all of those who did not like the progress of last year, let's try to persuade our leaders to do the right thing, and vote on and pass bills that will move our country forward instead of in the red. 

The Tea Party has made its presence known nationwide. The past two years of stripping the citizens of their rights, property and cash has to stop. Spreading the wealth does not build a viable and successful country that can employ and generate a national tax base. Our continued unemployment figures have a lot to do with the leaders in D.C. The bailout packages were not shovel-ready and we were sold a bill of goods packaged in the wrapping of deceit.

Putting a halt to all of the freebies we are giving away to foreign aid, moving manufacturing back to America and cutting corporate taxes will boost America's power in the world. Wouldn't you rather pay a little more for an American product and have a good-paying job? I would think all people would want to do this if it was assured they had a place to work and an employer to provide them with a salary to be able to live well in this land.

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Americans are people with good hearts, but when the pain of unemployment is so great that we have regulated our companies out of business here in America, it is time for the legislators to move to bring home the bacon and build and open doors of employment here once again in America. Close those borders to the Central American countries and those in Asia and give corporations incentives to build here again. Proper tariffs on all goods coming into our nation will slow down the box stores and promote a new sense of nationalism.

There is one thing each of us can do. It is to let our elected officials know where we stand. Boycott corporations building out of this country. If we can drive down their investors dividends, then we open their eyes to building here again to sell their products. It is a win-win for everyone. Our unemployment rate is lowered, our tax base will grow and our need for foreign assistance will be diminished. Vote for a new America in 2011.

Ron Payne

Hedgesville, W.Va.

We must ensure that Social Security is properly funded

To the editor:

I have been hearing for the past 30 years that Social Security is on the verge of bankruptcy, that Social Security is grossly underfunded and that it will not be there for future generations. Even as I write this letter, Congress is getting ready to debate how much to cut Social Security benefits and by how long to extend the age of retirement.

In light of these facts, how is it possible that Congress and President Obama agreed to cut the employee portion of the Social Security payroll tax by 2 percent for one year? Given the fact that Social Security liabilities will go up by more than 2 percent next year, the funds to pay for this cut will need to be made up from the general revenue of the Treasury. We have not cut anything. We have merely shifted the responsibility from the Social Security Administration to the Treasury Department and this is a dangerous precedent.

At its best, the current Social Security program is an ill-conceived, ineffective and unaffordable program. However, it is currently the only retirement game in town for most Americans and as such, it must be properly funded until such time as we replace this federal wealth-transfer program with a market-based program that is designed to build individual wealth for each person's individual retirement. After all, a secure retirement might be a noble public goal, but is a personal responsibility.

So long as Social Security is what most Americans depend upon to retire, we must ensure that it is properly funded. I suspect that if you asked the average American if they would rather have a few extra dollars in their paycheck every week next year to buy a new television with or have that money go toward ensuring a secure retirement that they would choose the latter.

Rodney Pearson Sr.

Keedysville

Reflecting on the meaning of Christmas

To the editor:

It's Christmas Eve and it's 23 degrees outside as I exit our church's candlelight service. 

Driving home, I notice a new billboard on Boonsboro's North Main Street. It reads, "Eternity. It's a long time ... Are you ready?" 

I am not exactly sure who is responsible for the sign, but I'm glad it's there. I take comfort in knowing it's there, or maybe knowing it's allowed to be there. More importantly, there is profundity in the message and I hope people understand it and take it seriously.

Gen. George S. Patton once said, "Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance." Having spent 23 years in the Navy, I have for the longest time viewed that particular sentiment as pure truth. But then, thinking on it, it dawned on me — there is actually a higher human endeavor, and that is to know God and to know Him on a personal level. Of course, that is a difficult proposition for many. It's something that they cannot get their arms around. So maybe there is wisdom in the saying "wise men still seek Him."

This evening, Pastor Shank of Maranatha Brethren Church pointed out that almost everyone we know will be celebrating Christmas, but how many of those actually "know" God and His only begotten Son? That goes hand in hand with a recent survey I saw that asked, "What does Christmas mean to you?"

The No. 1 response on the list was spending time with family and giving gifts. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but it does overshadow what Christmas should be about, and that is celebrating the birth of Jesus the Christ, the Savior of the world and giver of eternal life to those who put their trust in Him. As a sinner in need of a Savior, I take comfort (and joy) in that.

Jim Rosko

Boonsboro

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