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Letters to the Editor - May 24

May 24, 2012

Maryland residents must take a stand in November


To the editor:

In the Leonard Pitts column of May 14, he alluded to the direction our country is taking as progress. When in reality it is an uncontrolled, downhill slide into ancient Rome. History does repeat itself; a nation without a relationship with God will stumble. When the people of North Carolina said “Enough is enough,” and voted to ban same-sex marriages, he described it as taking a step backward from progress. Just because we have been traveling in the same direction for so many years does not mean that we’ve been going the right way.

There seems to be a large majority of people today that blame the deterioration of our society on one lady back in the ’60s for taking prayer out of the schools, when the blame clearly lies with the multitudes that allowed it to happen. You see, when Christ sat down at the right hand of the Father, they both expected the church to get up. We Christians, as individuals and members of the church body, have failed to be about the Father’s business.

I can only pray that the people of our state, Maryland, can garner some strength and a new sense of responsibility from the good people of North Carolina, and take the same stand in November. Remember, God said, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive them of their sin, and will heal their land.”

I have a hope that it’s not too late.


Dennis Pitsnogle
Hagerstown



Narcissists do not make good presidents


To the editor:

A narcissistic personality doesn’t have any chance at exhibiting real leadership. He is perfectly adapted to being a dictator. He has the overwhelming feeling that he knows what is best, and he is unable to enter into compromise. He cannot tell the truth — he prefers lies — and when he is caught in a lie, he covers up with another untruth. He has unwavering confidence in his opinion, which reveals himself as being an ideologue, someone who ardently believes only in his own convictions. For him, there is no compromising. That would be against his nature.

One with this personality seems unsuited to be the president of a country with a Constitution such as that of the United States, where power is divided among many. And if he is inexperienced inside a free enterprise system, he will have no real understanding of what it takes to make business work. His tendency will be to craft regulations that are counterproductive to economic growth and bring more control to him. And a balanced budget will just be a hindrance to his social and environmental agenda priorities.

Does this sound like anybody you know? He is, underneath that mask, a real phony. But he is a talented actor. He fools almost all that he contacts. He knows how to sound sincere, but a charlatan is he. He proudly struts as he walks in public so you cannot imagine his underlying insecurity.

Do you want him to be re-elected?

 
Ned A. Garrett
Hagerstown



Japan offers a good example of depopulation


To the editor:

Why would Allan Powell cite Malthus and his population vs. food production theory as viable? The last gasp of this bad math came with the failure of the Club Of Rome’s hysterical projections of food riots around the world by the mid ’70s.

Some real figures from the U.N. note that with current technology, we can feed 14 billion and also project total population will peak at between 8 billion and 9 billion by 2150 and then decline due to below-replacement fertility rates in most of the world. Russia, Europe, Canada, Japan, China and other developed states in Asia have already contracepted, sterilized and aborted themselves to depopulation trends that cannot be reversed.

The U.S. is spared, for the present, by Hispanic immigration.

Japan, since it allows no significant immigration, is a good example of the real numbers.

1. Japan is losing about 1,200 people a day. By 2050, Japan will lose almost a third of its population.

2. In the last 10 years, 2,000 schools in Japan have been closed.

3. A total fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman is needed to sustain a stable population. Japan is now at 1.0. By 2050, it will be 0.6

4. Japan is already the oldest nation in the world. Average age is 45. By 2050, it will be 60.

5. Japan has the most people older than 65 and the fewest younger than 25. The percentage of people older than 65 will reach 43 percent by 2050.

6. Japan has 2.5 workers supporting each retired person. By 2050, the ratio will be 1:1

7. Since 1995, more than 500,000 in Japan have killed themselves.

Is this what Powell has bequeathed to the next generation?

 
Richard Giovanoni
Hagerstown



Put country first when going to polls in November


To the editor:

There are about 83,000 registered voters in Washington County: 37,000 are Republicans; 31,000 are Democrats; and 15,000 are unaffiliated. In the 2008 presidential general election, 72 percent of the registered voters cast votes.

Substantially fewer than that will cast votes in the 2012 presidential general election. The educated voters in this county are disappointed that President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have not been able to deliver on all their campaign promises, and some of them won’t vote. And the intelligent voters are disgusted that the Republicans in Congress have been obstructionists and have repeatedly failed to put the interests of the country first, and a few of them won’t vote.

I plan to vote in November, but I will not vote for obstructionists to represent me in Washington, D.C. The voters in this country have over five months to decide whether or not they will vote in November and who they will vote for. Please choose wisely for your sake, and please remember to put your country first.


Daniel Moeller
Rohrersville

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