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Letters to the Editor - May 20

May 19, 2012

Waters’ column misrepresented Rosen’s comment

To the editor:

In response to Lloyd Waters’ smackdown of Hilary Rosen disguised as a Mother’s Day wish, once again Mr. Waters presents himself as a well-informed, educated source of wisdom to his readers. He shamelessly used Mother’s Day as an excuse to bash Ms. Rosen about her statement that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life.

I know Mr. Waters is not that clueless. He absolutely knows what Ms. Rosen meant by her statement: Ann Romney is not the person her husband should be consulting about the challenges most women in this country face every day.

And if any women out there really think Ann Romney knows your pain, think about it again when you are clocking in at 4 a.m. for that job with no health benefits, minimum wage and no chance for advancement.

Pat Hamilton
Sharpsburg


Country will not survive Obama apologists

To the editor:

My wonderful country will survive President Obama, but it cannot survive with those who continue to apologize for his poor performance, crony socialism, acceptance of special influence and catering to special interests.

I also find it interesting that now that Obama’s reasoning has evolved to embrace same-sex marriage, those of us who still believe in the 2,000-year-old traditional definition of marriage, a view that Obama held as recently as last Sunday, are now bigots and are out of touch.

George S. Sunday
Chambersburg, Pa.                                                                                              


Candidates twist language to meet their needs

To the editor:

Command of the English language is a wonderful talent, one that I will never master. As we get closer to our November election day, we will see those that have mastered the language use it in every way possible to convince us to share their point of view and back their party and candidate.

We will hear the term “reform” used when they want us to believe we will benefit from a change in current services and “gut” when they want us to believe changes will not improve services. We will hear the nightly stand-up comedians deflect what should be a real issue by mocking one candidate or the other. Jay Leno commented that Mitt Romney supposedly said you can’t get a good meal with wine for $20,000 when he heard that President Obama attended a $20,000-a-plate fundraiser. Can any average voter, regardless of party affiliation, relate to a $20,000-a-plate dinner? Why not raise the question of campaign fundraising and not play down one candidate over the other?

We will hear and read pejorative wording such as “Obamacare” or “the so-called DOMA.” Why not just refer to the actual name and not the so-called one?

Although I have not mastered the use of the English language, I am aware of when it is being used to manipulate my thinking. We all need to be aware of what is being said, who is saying it and what the goal of the speaker is. In a way, it is like buying a car; you need to listen to what the salesperson is saying but understand that everything said is intended to get you to buy the car. Politics is the same, so always understand the goal of the speaker and weigh everything that they say because they are always trying to sway your thinking.

Listen to both sides of an issue and carefully weigh what you hear and appraise who is saying it. Make your own informed decision. And, perhaps most importantly, don’t be a single-issue voter.

Cliff Lane
Black Rock


County resident upset with recycling program

To the editor:

I cannot begin to express my frustration with the way the county recycling program has been handled. I have been separating my trash from recycling for a few years and taking both to the landfill on a weekly basis. When the information came out about the new program ($5 per month for Allied Waste to pick it up every other week or $3 per month to continue what I already do), I opted to continue taking recycling to the dump since I am taking my trash already.

Therefore, I called Allied Waste as the postcard sent to my house indicated to opt out. After opting out, a week later I see on the front page of The Herald-Mail that because of where I live, I will not be able to use the recycling bins at the dump. It seems that because of where I live, the county is going to force me to pay $5 per month to recycle when citizens living in other areas will have the option to pay $3 per month to recycle. It seems to be a bit discriminatory to me.

I am now left with no choice since I have already opted out of Allied Waste’s program and the county will not let me recycle at the landfill bins. Looks like everything will be going into the landfill. What a shame.

Craig Rowe
Halfway


Parrott’s mailing 'disappointing to say the least'

To the editor:

I recently received correspondence from Del. Neil Parrott in the mail and found it disappointing to say the least. Most of this mailing sounds more like ultra-conservative campaign rhetoric than the constituent end-of-the-session legislative notification it is presented as. The newsletter contained references to “impact on religious institutions” and “religious liberty concerns.” 

This letter made it clear that Parrott has neglected to consider the fact that many Americans assert their right to freedom FROM religion. I am also extremely concerned with religious institutions affecting my family and friends. The separation of church and state is one of the most essential elements of being an American. 

In addition, the separation of church and state protects religious institutions from state interference with their inner workings. The marriage equity measure this letter refers to is an excellent example of the advantages of separation of church and state creating numerous exemptions for religious entities.

As a member of the House of Delegates, Parrott is a public employee, and this newsletter and his salary are paid with the taxpayer dollars of all the residents of District 2B, not just the ones who voted for him. It would be nice in the future if Parrott would send more professional communications that reflect the differing views of the residents of District 2B. Many of the residents of District 2B support marriage equity and the legislature’s efforts to ensure all Marylanders enjoy access to affordable health care.

We also know that you get what you pay for. This is why Maryland has the top-rated schools in America. Taxes and increased spending are not a bane on society; taxes are how we pay for a functioning society. Increased spending must be properly directed, not blocked in the name of false ideologies. 

The voters I know are sick of people demanding more and more tax cuts. In fact, large majorities now support an increase in the tax rate for the top 1 percent of earners. Tax fairness, support for alternative energy, educational and jobs programs, and lower taxes for millionaires will keep Maryland growing into the future.

Victoria Ross
Hagerstown


Newspaper could solicit residents’ views on stadium

To the editor:

In your editorial on May 15, Mayor Bruchey was quoted as saying, “there will not be any special public hearings.” You noted that a “public hearing can formalize the process of giving residents a voice.”

I would like to propose an alternative to public hearings: The Herald-Mail could invite its readers to express their views about whether or not the new stadium should be built, in the form of a ballot. The ballot would be printed in the paper and would include a section for written comments, signatures and addresses. Run the ballot for a week to make sure it’s made available to all. You could forward the ballots to the City Council for their edification and publish a running tally of the vote in the paper.

You would be performing a needed public service, one that newspapers have performed effectively throughout the life of our country, and the people might even thank you for it.

John Cable
Hagerstown

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