Letters to the Editor - Dec. 6

December 06, 2011

Republican opposition to Obama is weak

To the editor:

Let’s take an honest look at the upcoming election (November 2012).

We, the people of America, have options. We can re-elect Barack Obama or we can vote for the Republican opposition, which doesn’t seem to me to be much of an oppostion at all.

Follow me here. Let’s look at the Republican non-opposition. We have the option of voting for Mitt Romney, the guy who essentially signed Obamacare in his own state as governor. No thanks.

Then, of course, we have Rick Perry, who gave illegal immigrants in-state tuition in the state of Texas, something that we here in Maryland are fighting. Again, no thanks.

Then there is Herman Cain, whose answer to every question ever posed is 999, which doesn’t sit well with me because it means a massive tax increase on the middle class, which is pretty much what Barack Obama wants to do.

Then we have Newt, who claims to be pro-gun but voted for every gun law that came down the street when he was in office.

It seems to me that we can vote for Barack Obama, or we can vote for Barack Obama by a different name.

Is there no one out there willing to fight for the American people?

Greg Morris

Residential surcharges can’t be recouped

To the editor:

Can you believe what you read (“Energy-efficiency program powers rebates,” The Herald-Mail, Nov. 18), up to $250,000 in rebates to business owners and contractors for installing energy-saving measures?

And the money that is used to pay for the rebates comes from a surcharge on residential and commercial utility bills (Webster defines surcharge as “overcharge”). “That money is your money,” said Todd A. Kirkpatrick of FirstEnergy. “Take advantage of it.”

How can my money become their money? I’m on a budget plan and pay $180 per month for a small house which two people occupy with oil heat. A business or a contractor can increase the cost of their product or service to recoup the cost of their energy, but a residential surcharge is in no way recoupable.

If you will check your bill, you’ll see that it’s not the amount of energy that you use that makes the bill so bad, it’s the amount of add-ons and surcharges that are added to it.

It sounds to me like our current political thinking is “rob the poor; reward the rich.”

G. Eardley

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