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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 24

February 23, 2012

Lawful use of guns can thwart crimes

To the editor:
Gun control advocates, which include many of our elected officials, claim they want to make America safer by reducing the number of guns possessed by our citizens. They would do well to consider how many crimes — murders, rapes, assaults and robberies — are thwarted by ordinary people who were fortunate enough to have access to a firearm.

A study by the Cato Insitute analyzed the circumstances and outcomes of defensive gun use in America by drawing from an extensive database of news reports taken over an eight-year period. Cato has concluded that the vast majority of gun owners are ethical and competent — and many thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns.

Sadly, many of our news reporting agencies fail to report any of these lawful uses of guns by our citizens to thwart crimes.
 
Merl Rinehart
Hagerstown


Why can’t liberal America see Obama’s intentions?

To the editor:
It is truly amazing that there are still American voters who indicate they will support our current president in the 2012 election after voting for him three years ago. Where have they been living? Don’t they pay any attention to the direction that he has cleverly headed the country?

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His plan for the United States has never varied from the beginning of his national presence in Illinois politics and his background as an “organizer” in the neighborhoods of the “underprivileged” in Chicago. It remains to transform our great country into something on par with a European socialist state.  Has he not learned that social democracy and communism have been a failure in attempts to equalize the wealth of nations?  

His first step is to “break the bank” of the nation by entering into unfettered debt to foreign nations through an unwillingness to control spending. Through this venue, America can be lowered to the level of other countries and level the international playing field. Can this be a program for improving America? Or is it prerequisite for a reason for forming a world government?

President Obama is out of sync with the vast majority of Americans. He is the old tax-and-spend program of the progressive liberals, but “run amuck.”

Maybe his supporters should revisit his intentions, which are cloaked in “class warfare” and “social justice” rhetoric. Inside his message is a hidden agenda. Read some of the stuff he has written. He is the product of an African Muslim father, from whom his core beliefs are derived. His anti-Colonial mindset of America’s history has guided his quest to redefine the nation. 

Why cannot liberal America see his intentions?
 
Ned A.Garrett
Hagerstown


Family of recovering ‘Santa Claus’ says thank you

To the editor:
A special thank you from the family of Billy Kline to everyone who donated money, toys, food and clothing, and to all who prayed for Billy’s recovery.

Billy had a massive stroke and is paralyzed on the left side. He spent 12 weeks in hospitals and is going through therapy. Special thanks for all the great care given to him.

We would also like to thank every one who helped and visited Santa at Longmeadow Shopping Center for the past 30 some years. Special thanks to Debra and Phil Hunt for their help and support for Santa for the past years. 

Again, our heartfelt thanks go out to all who donated and for all the prayers, as prayers do help. Billy has come a long way and has a way to go.

Thank you and God bless.

The Kline family
Hagerstown


Students have great idea to combat rising college costs

To the editor:
I came across an article on the Internet titled “A Radical Idea to Combat the Rising Cost of College” (http:/moneyland.time.com). The concept came from a group of California college students who have been confronted with an 18 percent tuition hike — just another in a long string of such hikes.

The concept is mind-bending: Pay nothing while being educated, then pay a set percentage of your wage for 20 years. A means of transitioning to this system was included. What I saw, in addition to a means of controlling costs, was a means of ending practices such as grade inflation, promising job placement and not delivering, and retaining inadequate professors.

This system should/could apply to any and all post-secondary educational facilities. They would be working incredibly hard to see that each and every student truly learned and obtained a good job. Professors would have to stay up to date and in touch with reality. Imagine the dollar value of 5 percent of a professional athlete’s salary. 

The obstacle to enacting such a change is enormous. Education is one of the biggest businesses in this country. Still, it is worth a try to publicize the idea. The students who came up with it should be recognized and celebrated.

American ingenuity is apparently not entirely dead.
 
Amy Paradise
Hagerstown

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