Letters to the Editor - Dec. 31

December 31, 2011

David Limbaugh undeserving of attack

To the editor:

On Monday, Dec. 26, this newspaper published a letter to the editor entitled “Is David Limbaugh a 21st-century Westbrook Pegler?”  Its writer, Russell Williams, states that Limbaugh “is attempting to scare the American people by telling them that the liberals, the intelligensia, the educated people, people with master’s degrees and doctoral degrees are attempting to destroy the country.”

I give Williams credit for not truly believing what I believe he implies — that only Democrats and liberals are “the intelligensia, the educated people, people with master’s degrees and doctoratal degrees.” Factually, Limbaugh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Cum Laude) in political science and a juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri. He is a practicing attorney, served on the Cape Girardeau City Council for eight years, is a New York Times best selling author, and served six years in the Missouri National Guard.

Williams has followed the example set by our president; when you don’t like the message, attack the messenger. Factually, the Congressional Budget Office projects that, during the four years of Obama’s first term in office, this nation is on target to run up more debt than it did during the 231 years between 1776 and 2008.  Perhaps there are those who are enamored enough with President Obama that such economic disaster is of no concern to them. I believe, however, that the majority of “the intelligensia, the educated people, people with master’s degrees and doctoral degrees” and the average working American and retiree, are concerned about the direction this nation is headed.

America needs David Limbaugh to counteract Leonard Pitts.  We need Fox News network to counteract CNN and MSNBC. We do not need to be told what to think. By listening and viewing and reading, we have a wonderful God-given ability to draw our own conclusions. Thankfully, we also have the ability to not read, or view, or listen to those things we find offensive. There is, however, no need to attack those with whom we disagree.

Roy Horton
Waynesboro, Pa.

Our differences make us stronger

To the editor:

Public schools — the mixing bowl of social, economic, racial, and other classes of people. In Washington County this mixing bowl is much more so than 50 years ago. Fifty years ago, almost all families economically were lower-middle class or lower. Very few were upper-middle class then. That is not the case today. I am not saying this as a criticism, just as a reality.

These differences are advantageous in many ways. The exposure to classmates with differences is good for all. The world after graduation will have people with differences. Exposure to those with differences while in school will help in the workplace. My experience is that administrators and teachers treat all students equally. This is required by law.

Society has come a long way in the last 50 years. In many cases our young people set an example for adults. Occasionally you hear a slur from older people. This is deplorable. God made us all equal with no exceptions. All life has value.

Meredith Fouche

How to keep the 6th in Western Maryland’s hands

To the editor:

Truce already. Democrats quit pretending District 6 wasn’t gerrymandered to oust Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; local Republicans, quit pretending to care. The repeated absence of Bartlett’s name on invitation lists of local “conservative” business groups lobbying for big projects while filling the campaign coffers of federal Democratic senators leads to the conclusion that Bartlett remains an eternal also-ran in efforts to secure federal favor.

This is as obvious as the “blue” state’s new district map that mates enough Democrats from the metropolitan fringe to “balance” the traditional western contingent, with an obvious bubble around Frederick city. It’s a political and corporate buyout by both sides, just like how the original West was won.

Seems the General Assembly has a way of creating just enough controversy to keep its rural areas confused. And with local political hawks looming like Skeksis over Bartlett, waiting for an opportunity to grab the scepter, they’re all too happy to oblige.

Truth is, if folks really cared about securing that Western Maryland seat with someone well-known and liked who is actually from Western Maryland, it would gather together around that person’s electability to relate directly with the local culture rather than be divided by their cursory party affiliation.

If Bartlett is not as viable as some folks believe, and most of those same folks think the seat should remain with a fellow western Marylander, then the goal is clear. Choose one from each party at opposite ends of the geographic spectrum that can appeal to both sides and the middle, just to be safe.

Sen. George Edwards is an obvious choice from Republicans: A successful businessman from Garrett County who already represents three Western Maryland counties, socially conservative and fiscally pragmatic, with unique clarity and resonance in his common sense speech.

On the other hand there is Sen. Ron Young from the Democratic side: A former mayor of Frederick, the second largest Maryland city that just happens to fill out that magic bubble, with great experience from small-town manager to state department head, and certain name appeal that stretches across the two most heavily populated western Maryland counties.

Just a thought as the race gets underway. Before that though, folks are going to have to prove Bartlett is beatable, which recent polls may show is not the case. Until then, it’s run Roscoe run, like you stole it — for the eleventh time.

Kristin Aleshire

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