Letters to the Editor - Aug. 14

August 14, 2011

When will we say enough is enough regarding debt?

To the editor:

After reading two columns by Kathleen Parker in The Herald-Mail (Aug. 2 and Aug. 4), my emotions vary from pure disgust to anger. One can only reach the conclusion that the greatest American generation has spawned the most entitled and selfish generation. What Parker has stated is that she wants her lifestyle unchanged; let future generations find a way to pay the bills she is handing down to them, along with a lower standard of living and fewer opportunities.

We have a governing class, both Republicans and Democrats, determined it seems to make us a European welfare state. The cozy relationship, where Democrats propose outlandish spending and Republicans “compromise” at half that amount, is now over.

Our debt is now 100 percent of our gross national product. How much debt is enough? When, if not now, do we rise up and say this is enough?

Democrats could have avoided this fight. Instead of passing budgets the last two years, they spent their time forcing an unpopular and, in my opinion, unconstitutional heath care bill down our throats, passed even more job-killing regulations, cut off our energy supplies and even tried to pass an additional trillion dollars of more worthless spending. President Obama could have had a much sweeter deal with U.S. Rep. John Boehner had he not reverted to his old refrain of “more taxes” at the 11th hour.

Obama keeps telling us he inherited a bad situation. That he did, but Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House the last two years of President Bush’s term. Some of the mess Obama inherited is of his own making. But he is being paid to solve the problems, not make them worse or keep blaming someone else.

I never expected to take back our government in one election cycle. It will take many, but we will continue to cut and build until we are back to a smaller and healthier government, where future generations can expect to prosper based on their efforts and talents rather than on how they vote.  

George S. Sunday
Chambersburg, Pa.

Woman pays good deed forward to library’s benefit


To the editor:

The Washington County Free Library is in the midst of a capital campaign for the new downtown branch. Excitement is growing for its scheduled grand opening in October 2012. In my capacity as development coordinator, I have heard dozens of stories of people sharing their experiences with the library and the importance of the library in their lives. However, I just received a letter from a women accompanied by a $20 donation she made to the Building Our Great Good Place capital campaign. I share this story with you not because of a specific library experience in her life, but rather to show how another person’s generosity and civility to her served a greater good. The letter speaks for itself.

“This is a gift to the Washington County Free Library. A customer in Martin’s helped me out when I ran out of cash paying the balance of my bill. I did not know the lady and she refused any money in return. This is my thanks to her.”

On behalf of the library, thank you to the writer and to the anonymous woman at Martin’s who helped out a fellow citizen.
David Hanlin, development coordinator
Washington County Free Library

CPWC apologizes for mistaken identity

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