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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 12

January 11, 2011

Beware of privatizing government functions

To the editor:

Why the privatization of indispensable government services? It is not a guarantee of efficiency or lower costs. It might even result in poorer service and higher taxes because of the profit factor. Private industry needs a profit to exist. Government does not.

Both government and private industry need watching. If the public wants efficiency and lower taxes, it will wake up and watch what government is doing. If the public had said "no" to Iraq and "in and out" to Afghanistan, we would be farther down the road to national solvency.

Beware of privatizing government functions, whether national, state or local. It is not a cure-all to incompetence. Judgment is, and it is rare, in business and in government.

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Harold C. Craig Jr.

 

Emmitsburg, Md.

Rowland is one of the paper's bright spots

To the editor:

Freedom of the press often takes a hit to the head, especially in a divisive political environment such as we're enduring these days.

Tim Rowland's humorous and biting Jan. 2 column ("Washington County just gives and gives, page A1) on what we found at the end of 2010 and a warning of what we might expect to face this new year was a welcome splash of cold water that should awaken us all.

Unfortunately, some of us are not aware that freedom of the press is one of the most precious principles of our democracy, whether editorial opinions appear on page 1 (as they have from the 18th century to the present) or if they appear on Editorial or Op-Ed pages today.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that nationally read newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post, have editorial positions as publications, while local newspapers provide a voice day after day to all local readers and writers no matter what opinions they hold.

Tim Rowland is one of the bright spots for readers of this paper. His opinions are pronounced and in a style that engages the reader wherever it appears — page 1 or on any other page. We look for it wherever it can be found.

It's sad to me that Tom Edwards, in his Jan. 8 letter to the editor ("Rowland's column didn't belong on front page, page A4), does not feel the same way.

Albert Salter

 

Hagerstown

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