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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 18

January 17, 2011

Waynesboro teachers should mull concessions

To the editor:

I am appealing to the teachers of the Waynesboro Area School District to consider some notable concessions in the contract now under negotiation.

Many taxpayers in the area are either out of work or employed at low-paying jobs. Seniors' Social Security pensions were frozen last year and again this year. Prices of many things have gone up, most noteworthy food and energy, not to mention utilities, all of which are necessities.

Almost everyone — individuals, businesses and municipalities — have to economize and live on less. Just this week, it was announced that energy and food prices advanced 1.1 percent in the last month, a number much higher than previous months. While the economy is slowly improving, it is predicted that the return to normal employment will take several years.

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This appeal is not because citizens don't appreciate the good jobs you do in educating our children. We would like you, as our fellow citizens, to voluntarily share the hardship the whole nation is experiencing. I think this is a fair request and ask that you and your leaders thoughtfully consider it.

Richard A. Happel Jr.

 

Waynesboro, Pa.

Constitution was intended to limit power

To the editor:

Art Callaham made an egregious error when listing the enumerated powers of the federal government as defined by our Constitution (Article I, Section 8) ("Who should have more power: Washington or Annapolis?" Sunday, Jan. 9, page A8).

He included "have a central bank" as one of the government's powers. Wrong. Nowhere within our organizing document will you find a provision for a central bank. On this issue, the Constitution is conspicuously silent.

While the casual reader might conclude that Callaham's overall commentary has a small government bias, he concludes by asking, "Should the power over your day-to-day lives reside in Washington or Annapolis?" How about neither. His question is a reminder that at its core, government is truly "force." When exactly did we, the people, roll over and acquiesce to government dominating our lives? Whatever happened to living a quiet life in the pursuit of happiness? 

Jefferson wrote, "In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." The Constitution was clearly intended to limit federal powers. Unfortunately, those powers have been vastly expanded, fueled by the central bank's inflationary monetary policy that has successfully seduced enough Americans to ignore their loss of liberty in the process.

Allen Twigg

 

Hagerstown

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