Letters to the Editor - April 15

April 15, 2012

Those on all decks will pay for selfishness

To the editor:

As I make my way through the world, I see desperation and a cry for help in many people’s faces.

But here in this dog-eat-dog society, help is not forthcoming. Why? We’re all out for Number One. Too much of our sense of community and nationhood has broken down, and people and families live as individual units or extended tribes, fending for themselves. Some love their treasure too much. Christians, sadly, are terrible offenders. We claim to love God, but we’re too concerned with living in the material world — which, as Jesus said, “is passing away.”

All of us are familiar with the movie “Titanic.” Below decks, the ship is beginning to flood — but the people on the upper decks do not seem to be concerned. “It is not our responsibility,” they say. “Do not ask us to pay more taxes on our treasure.” They are shameless. These so-called Christians will not acknowledge, humbly, the very real help they received on the way up. People who thank God for what they have tend to share the wealth.

The business elites have forgotten their manners. The people who have profited most on this voyage are responsible for repairing the ship. Today’s wealthy passengers may not drown as those on the lower decks are drowning — but in the future their children will indeed drown, in the same waters that are claiming so many today. “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last,” says the Lord. “The sins of the fathers will be visited on the sons, unto the third generation.” As Confucius said, “Treat others as you would like your children and grandchildren to be treated.”

If you want to see Christ, look over at the person splashing in the water across from you.       

Sam Cuthbert

Pledge to swear off incumbent addiction

To the editor:

Depending on the poll, the public approval rating of Congress is somewhere between single digits and 15 percent. That means somewhere from 85 percent to over 90 percent of American citizens are dissatisfied with the performance of Congress.

So then why do we keep electing the same people to office? The answer is simple. The problem is always with “the other guy.” “Our guy” is great. Well guess what? “Our guy” is part of the problem, and until most voters acknowledge this, nothing will be accomplished except more of the same old polarizing finger pointing.

There is a movement that calls for a constitutional amendment on term limits for members of Congress. One approach is to limit both houses to a maximum of 12 years, or six terms for Representatives and two terms for Senators. Obviously, this will never occur until we vote out the career politicians. The time to do that is now.

I challenge all voters, regardless of party, to vote against the incumbents who have already served at least 12 years. I am a Republican and I have voted for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett many times, but I have voted for him for the last time.

I voted against him in the primary, and I hereby pledge that I will vote against him in the general election. All voters are urged to follow my lead. This year, Sen. Ben Cardin is also running for re-election. I am asking all Democrats to pledge to vote against Senator Cardin as I have pledged to vote against Representative Bartlett.

Join this movement and take the pledge to vote out the incumbents. Ask your family, friends and co-workers to do the same. Let’s show the career politicians that there is still power in “we the people.”

Gene Walkley

Vote for the millionaire of your choice, but vote

To the editor:

Thanks to all the primary voters in the 6th Congressional District for giving me the opportunity to vote for a relatively old multimillionaire or a relatively young multimillionaire in November’s general election. We have so much in common.

Daniel Moeller

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