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Letters to the Editor - June 26

June 25, 2011

Sen. Cardin should be writing legislation, not letters

To the editor:

Sen. Benjamin Cardin has now graced the pages of The Herald-Mail twice in the last several weeks. Both letters prove that there is no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. Neither party does what needs to be done when they are in power but both talk loudly about what should be done when they are not in power.

In his first letter, he covered the failure of Rep. Ryan's budget plan. Rather than a claim of victory in its failure, Sen. Cardin could have addressed the important issues we face in funding Medicare through introducing legislation that could changes the funding — perhaps by raising payroll withholding to pay the actual cost.

In his latest letter, he points to the $3 billion to $4 billion break that the oil companies are getting while at the same time they made 35 billion in profit in the first quarter of this year. I am sure we — those paying almost $4 a gallon — agree with him on this issue. But rather than ranting about it now, why didn't he and the other Democrats do something about it when they were in power?

Rather than writing letters, maybe Sen. Cardin should have been writing legislation while his party was in power.

Cliff Lane
Hagerstown

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