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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 17

January 17, 2012

Donoghue’s actions disappointing but not surprising


To the editor:

I was disappointed but not surprised to see that champion of the working man, Democratic Del. John Donoghue, recently held a meeting to drum up support to raise gas prices in Maryland. In true Maryland Democratic Party style, he has arrogantly threatened to withhold funding from any group that opposes him. Yes, even with gas prices near historic highs, the Maryland Democrats see no problem with raising taxes. After all, money for their local projects will surely help with their re-election.

Do these people realize the working folks they claim to look out for are often faced with long commutes to work and are paying over $300 a month to fill their tanks? That’s right, Mr. Donoghue, we have to drive back home every night; we don’t have a nice place to spend the night at taxpayers’ expense.  Might I mention we also pay for our own meals, too.

It has been said before but always seems to fall on deaf ears: Maryland does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.

I will conclude with a few facts that should outrage any Maryland taxpayer. The State of Maryland, with a land mass of 7,500 square miles and 5.7 million residents, has a $34 billion budget. The State of Pennsylvania, with a land mass of 45,000 square miles and 13 million residents, has a $27 billion dollar budget.

The career politicians put us in this spot. Why do we keep re-electing them?  


Donald Hineman
Hagerstown




What is desired goal of obesity prevention program?


To the editor:

I find it interesting that the southern conservative states that talk most about state’s rights also tend to have strong feelings about how individuals should conduct their lives and that the state has the right to interfere in the lives of people whom it considers unacceptable.

It seems the State of Georgia has decided that fat people are so unacceptable that, for their own good, they must be turned into thin people. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta started running an aggressive ad to raise awareness of what childhood obesity actually looks like, and what it means for kids.

Using tools such as television commercials and billboards late this year, the campaign has offered stark black-and-white images of overweight children sharing bold and often uncomfortable messages. In one, a child named Bobby sadly asks his obese mother, “Mom, why am I fat?” His mother simply sighs heavily and the commercial fades out.

It intrigues me that one of the arguments in favor of making fat people thin is that fat people get teased a lot and have more trouble getting jobs. It could be argued that the teasing and the discrimination should be stopped. No one argues anymore, as far as I know, that black people could use hair straighteners, skin lighteners and any other products or procedures that would make them look more like the dominant population of the United States.

At the very minimum, there should be some evidence that the money spent on this program will produce the desired result which, I assume, is thin children. It is quite possible that the money spent on this program will do nothing, or cause thin children to feel justified in even more teasing of fat children, and/or cause fat children to withdraw even more from social interaction and stay closer to books, games and food.

 
Russell Williams
Hagerstown




Tax structure continues to be a problem


To the editor:

Many stories have been written about our insane income tax methods. In the Sunday Washington Post, there is one in the business section titled “What’s the difference? A better tax break.” This story points out in great detail the tax breaks available to the very rich and the business community, not even considering the breaks that are available to other segments of society in America.

Our tax structure is so complicated that even the experts at times are at a loss to get it right. Just as one example, an individual earned $58.4 million over a period of five years and his maximum tax rate during that period was 20 percent. Families earning less than $100,000 per year averaged paying about 35 percent for taxes.

Billionaire Warren Buffett stated that many of his employees pay higher rates on taxes than he pays. This sounds like a broken record, but I can’t let it go. It is time for our highly educated financial and tax people to get their heads together and simplify our tax structure to a value-added or sales tax.

Just the expense alone of the federal employees of the I.R.S. is staggering. We should still have an income tax division, however much simpler and less expensive. It would be a pleasure if candidates wishing to become elected to our office of president would dwell somewhat on the tax problem. 


Tom Wilhelm
Hagerstown




Letter regarding deficit was on the mark


To the editor:

I’m 72, done a lot, seen a lot, heard a lot, but seldom have I read a letter more direct and to the point than the letter by Mr. Stryker about the deficit. I’m sure his view (outside mainstream media) is shared by many.

Knowing the facts and being able to do something about them is another matter. This bought-and-paid-for, incompetent president has insulated himself so well with various buffoons in strategic positions that there is absolutely no chance for rational economic change until he, Reid and Pelosi are gone.

Unfortunately, that won’t happen as long as Soros, Moore and the unions have giga-dollars.

 
C.R. Suggs
Smithsburg

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