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Letters to the Editor - June 4

June 02, 2011

Only God knows the time of the Rapture



To the editor:

The word Rapture seems to be drifting through the multitude. Rightly so, because the Rapture is coming — the taking up, the sudden snatching away. We are not doomed to suffer the ills of this world forever. Only our great God almighty knows the time. Men just think they know.

There is prepared for us a place. The Bible says man cannot begin to comprehend the magnificance of it. This is the best news we could ever hear. Something so perfect for the imperfect. We know who and what we are. We are sinners saved by grace. It takes only the touch of a nail-scarred hand. Oh, the magnitude of His great love for us.

Christianity is not dwindling away, just the opposite. It is growing, expanding, spreading through out the whole world. Jesus waits patiently until all have learned of Him and have the opportunity to accept Him as their personal Savior and Lord. We know some will accept Him and some reject Him. Come along dear ones, let us jump on that bandwagon bound for heaven. He is waiting for us.



Frances Moats

Hagerstown





Bartlett's excuse for cancellation was feeble  



To the editor:

I very much agree with Victoria Ross' letter to the editor ("No Surprise Roscoe Cut and Ran," May 23). Bartlett responds on May 26 that he should not be criticized because he did attend on May 19. True, but that was after sending emails and voicemails to town hall meeting registrants announcing cancellation of the town hall, substituting it with an "expo," and clearly leaving the impression that he would not be there. This appears to have been an unvarnished attempt to discourage attendance that appears to have worked, since only 15 people are reported to have shown up. Not only was Bartlett's excuse to avoid confronting his constituents flimsy, it was, in my opinion, false.

The Congressman's website stated, "After being informed that the scheduled keynote and guest speakers from the Administration, specifically from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will not attend and are unable to provide alternate speakers, I regret that I must cancel the Town Hall portion of the program."

Contrary to what Rep. Bartlett's website reported, a representative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was still planning to attend the event and make a presentation about the Affordable Care Act as it relates to changes for Medicare and seniors. Bartlett's office even included the planned presentation in the email notifying registrants that there would be no town hall. Nevertheless, Bartlett's office decided to cancel the meeting.

Since Bartlett was an early and ardent supporter of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's Plan for America, which calls for changes to Medicare, I can understand why he might be reluctant to face his constituents on this issue in a large open forum. However, to come up with an excuse to avoid such an encounter that was, on the face of it, feeble and, upon further examination, apparently false, is reprehensible conduct by an elected representative.



Gregory Berezuk

Boonsboro





Rowland only told half of the story



To the editor:

Tim Rowland only told half the story on the debt (May 22). The facts are that in the Kennedy, Reagan and Bush administrations, when taxes were cut, income to the treasury went up. And the evil rich paid more, admittedly at a lower rate. The Reagan tax cut led to the longest period of continued economic growth in our history. And Congress spent it all.

The problem remains that, with increased income to the treasury, Congress spends more. We have not yet been able to break this spending habit, and now we are in dire straits. We do not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. We increase taxes, and spending will continue to go up.

I cannot speak to the claim that income went up when Bill Clinton raised taxes. Although revenue went up, this seems to be an anomaly. Since the Democrats took over during the last two years of the Bush administration, we have rung up more than $5 trillion in additional debt. I find it hard to believe that we can't cut some of this spending. I do believe that we need to get back to the time when everyone paid some taxes. We are rapidly approaching a situation where 51 percent are paying no taxes and 49 percent are paying all the taxes, without any representation. Guess where this is going to go.



George S. Sunday

Chambersburg, Pa.

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