Letters to the Editor - April 3

April 03, 2011

Waters’ column failed to address income inequality

To the editor:

 I read the headline of the editorial by Lloyd Waters in the March 27 Herald-Mail and expected a concise, detailed essay about the growing problem of income inequality in this country.

“Haves, Have Nots are growing further apart” surely must refer to the fact that the average CEO in the United States makes 185 times what the average worker makes. Or maybe the focus of the opinion piece would be that corporate profits were nearly $1.7 trillion for the last quarter of 2010 while unemployment hovered near 10 percent.

Perhaps Waters would address the recent news that General Electric earned $10 billion in 2010 yet avoided paying any tax whatsoever. But I was mistaken. Apparently, the “haves” are teachers, firefighters and police officers (Full disclosure, I am a “have” — public school teacher).

This is his view even though he lives in a country where the richest 1 percent of Americans take home about 24 percent of the income, and the top 10 percent of wealthiest Americans control approximately 75 percent of all income in the country. I am fairly certain that teachers, police officers and firefighters do not constitute much (any?) of the top 10 percent of the wealthiest Americans.

Income inequality has been growing at an alarming rate in this country for the last 30 years and yet the focus is on public employees? The real problem is private-sector compensation that favors the “haves” and tax codes that continue to exacerbate the problem.

To write an opinion piece on “haves and have nots” and not address the issue of income inequality is disingenuous at best. The true “haves” (the Koch brothers and their ilk) are using the public sector employee arguments to facilitate the class warfare debate that favors them — pitting the middle class against one another so as to hide the real problem of income distribution in today’s America.

Eric Gerber

Thanks to many who supported fundraiser

To the editor:

I would like to thank the Clear Spring and Washington County community for their prayers, support and financial assistance of the recent spaghetti meal and fundraiser for Ciara Ortiz.

Many local businesses, organizations and individuals participated in this effort to assist, support and help pay this young lady’s ongoing transportation fees and medical bills. Your responses are inspirational and a living testimony to Christ’s love amongst us.

A special thank you is given to the folks at St. Paul’s Reformed Church for their vision and leadership in making the meal and assistance possible. To date, more than $4,000 has been raised, and donations are still being accepted at any local branch of PNC Bank in care of Ciara Ortiz.

Pastor John A. Toms, St. Paul’s Reformed Church
Clear Spring

Obama’s gas relief solution shows lack of leadership

To the editor:

To provide relief with gasoline prices, now President Obama says we will reduce our dependency on foreign oil by one-third by 2025. That’s 14 years from now. That’s really some help for the present.  

We have all the technology and reserves to do that in less than five years. Remember, we put a man on the moon in less than 10 years with less knowledge about what we were doing then than our present expertise on oil.

This man is no leader and lacks leadership qualities. To be placed in charge of such a great nation on the premise of change and effectively have done nothing is pathetic.

I certainly rue the day we elected him.

Edward Kendall

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