Letters to the Editor - March 10

March 10, 2011

School board must say ‘no’ to spending

To the editor:

To the Greencastle-Antrim School Board
Subject: The school tax burden

After reading many articles in the Waynesboro and Hagerstown newspapers, I have a few questions and would like to make a few statements.

Who is going to pay the school taxes when people lose their property to the bank because they can’t pay the mortgage or have their property sold at a sheriff sale because they can’t pay their taxes?

Everyone seems to think that we should just spend and get what is wanted and then pass on the cost to the poor taxpayer.

What are people who are out of work or retired and on a limited income to do? Are they to lose their property because they can’t pay the taxes? If the burden of taxes on property owners is increased to the point where no one can afford to pay them, what happens to your revenue stream then?

Remember that you, too, will one day be older, retired and possibly on a limited income, and you will have to reap the tax burdens that you are sowing now. You will be where many of the property owners in this community are now.

To my knowledge, there are no older, retired people on the school board. It seems that no one on the board takes the unemployed with little or no income or the retired on a limited income into consideration when looking at how to pay for what they want to spend. It seems as though those of us who have worked all of our lives, invested and saved so that we can support ourselves in our golden years, are being asked to do without or to give up our property altogether so that the school board can keep throwing money to the wind.

It is time to say “no” to spending.

Roy E. Mitchell
State Line, Pa.

Marriage is about commitment, not religion

To the editor:

The debate concerning same-sex marriages serves as a reminder that the religious community is not of one mind regarding the issue and of marriage itself.

Some legislators describe marriage as if it should only be for those who are planning to have children. Yet those past child-bearing years marry, and younger couples marry and for various reasons will have no children. Liturgies, including that of the Episcopal church, focus on the commitment being made between the couple for their mutual support as the primary reason for their commitment.
Our Constitution was founded on secular principles, whatever individuals might bring to their deliberations. No religious test for elected office, oaths or affirmations that were not defined were the only elements of the basic document that related to religion.

It is convenient to subsume various religious groupings using the term Christian to define all. Colonial America, however, did not think in terms of “Christian.” Instead there was a strong denominational identity, in some colonies to the exclusion or uneasy relationship with other denominational groups and others.

A sweeping Christian generalization would have been inappropriate in the 18th century just as it is in the 21st, whatever the issue may be. One should rejoice, however, when people make commitments to trust in one another.

Stephen D. Harris
Waynesboro, Pa.

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