Letters to the Editor - June 30

June 30, 2011

Petition drive takes advantage of technology

To the editor:

The petition drive to allow Marylanders to vote on SB 167 has struck a nerve.

All across Maryland, Democrats, Independents and Republicans are lining up to sign the petition, which would allow Marylanders to vote on this bill. Do we want for our tax dollars to pay for a large part of the college education for illegal aliens?

People from every ethnic racial, and socio-economic group realize the same thing: This bill doesn’t make sense.

The real success story is this — Ordinary people are seeing a wrong in government and are no longer just talking about it.  They are doing something about it.

Yes, new technology has been used through the website, which allows people to fill in their petition online, then print it out to sign it themselves. We are harnessing the power of technology to allow even more people to get involved in the political process.

However, the boots on the ground are what will make this drive a success. Marylanders are not only signing the petition themselves, they are asking their families, their neighbors and their co-workers if they would like to sign.They are asking their friends in their civic groups, community activities and places of worship if they would like to sign. Many are giving up countless hours of time on weeknights and the weekends to attend local events with their petitions available for signers. These volunteers love our country and are the true heroes of this referendum process.

For far too long in Maryland, laws have been made by just a few who are in power. Unfortunately, Maryland is essentially ruled by one party, and the number of common-sense Democrats who are willing to speak against the leadership are few.

For now, the referendum process is the best way for those of us who believe in common-sense legislation to hold them accountable.

Our Republic was set up with a system of checks and balances, and the best check on our government is an informed and active citizenry. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be.”

For a summary of facts taken directly from the bill, please visit

Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington

Thanks to all who helped after scooter accident

To the editor:

I was involved in a scooter accident at the intersection of Sharpsburg Pike and Lyles Drive on June 8. I was not wearing a helmet and as a result have serious head trauma.

I have been told several things about what had happened that day, but do not remember much of anything. I was told there were two nurses and an off-duty Montgomery County police officer who came to my aid.

First and foremost, I would like to thank them. Not many people would do something like that. Secondly, to all the fire department personnel from Funkstown Co. 10 and the EMS personnel from Halfway Co. 26, thank you. To the people on Trooper 3 (state police medevac helicopter), thank you for the safe flight to Shock Trauma.

I am doing well, due to the quick response and actions of those people. If it is possible, I would like to thank them personally. Again, thank you — and God bless you all.

Brian Snodderly Sr.

How can unemployed save money to revive economy?

To the editor:

On The Herald-Mail opinion page (June 20), someone said that the Great Depression is greatly misunderstood and points out that many people believe that the New Deal and government spending brought us out of the Great Depression. This person pointed out that the economy grows by saving and not by spending. However, during the Depression, large numbers of people were out of work, and it is very difficult for people who have no income to save a set percentage of their income every week. In addition, at the start of the Great Depression, many banks became bankrupt and so many of those who had been very carefully saving their money no longer had access to it because their banks were bankrupt. Businesses grow by selling products. If everybody is trying to save money rather than spend money, people are not buying things from businesses, and businesses with few or no customers have trouble growing.

The writer of the letter points out that, in 1935, the federal government renovated City Hall, and two years later tore it down and rebuilt it. He pointed out that you do not grow an economy by building things and then letting them be destroyed.

It is my understanding that the country was brought out of the Depression by two huge government spending projects. One, with the exception of one representative, was unanimously passed by Congress in early December 1941, and the other was unanimously passed by Congress a couple of days later. Both of these — the declaration of war on Japan and the declaration of war on Germany — involved employing Americans to build huge numbers of tanks, airplanes, ships, bombs and many other things, and then sending these items to places where they could be destroyed. As these items were being destroyed, more money was being spent replacing the tanks, airplanes, ships, bombs and many other things that had been destroyed. For those able-bodied men who were not working in factories, the government had another mandatory employment program called “the draft.”

Though the writer of the letter said that savings were the way to end the Depression, he does not describe how unemployed people can save enough money so that they will have money to not spend. He also condemns the practice of the government building something and then letting it be destroyed and replaced, but does not condemn the governmental public works and employment programs (involvement in World War II) run between December 1941 and September 1945, during which time huge numbers of things were built and then sent to places where they were destroyed.

Russell Williams

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