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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 10

November 10, 2011

Redistricting unfair to Western Maryland

To the editor:
Oftentimes, radical left-wing groups surface, like the folks who want to do away with the Electoral College. The college keeps our president from being elected solely by big population centers.  
But that is just what is going to happen to my native Allegany County after redistricting. Voters from downstate will elect their representative. The people of Allegany and Garrett counties — the real folks, not the government employee weekenders — their votes won’t count. These are good decent people. Is it really necessary to take away their representation?
Roscoe Bartlett’s views might not sit well with rich, greedy progressives, but that is part of America. Can’t the mighty left find it in their hearts to leave Western Maryland be? Where is the compassion and tolerance?

James Parsons
Carlisle, Pa.


Obama appears to be second coming of Carter

To the editor:
Those who have read Allan Powell’s columns over the years know that he is far to the left in the political spectrum, and I believe he tries to promote the Democratic candidate and denigrate any Republican candidate when it’s an election period. It seems that FDR is his hero, and he espouses Keynesian economic theory. But I believe he is losing his enthusiasm for President Obama, who is not the second coming of FDR. It’s looking more and more like he is the second coming of Jimmy Carter; and if he stays on his current trajectory, he’ll be the second coming of Franklin Pierce.
As far as Social Security, if your financial adviser told you they were going to put you into an investment vehicle with a 1 percent return that you couldn’t touch until you were at least 62, that you had to contribute to, that could be eliminated with no payout and was offered by a company with a -5 to 1 income-to-debt ratio, you would call him crazy. But that is Social Security, and just like a Ponzi scheme the number of new investors is not enough to keep paying dividends to older investors. There are numerous examples of municipalities that opted out of Social Security and used other investment vehicles, and have had returns as much as four to five times that of Social Security. A good example is the Chilean model.
Just another example of how there are differing opinions, and that is what makes America great.
 
David S. Wilkinson
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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