Letters to the Editor - May 29

May 29, 2012

Examine the pig in the poke before election

To the editor:

I read the letter “Life is not fair,” regarding President Obama. I’ve got news for that writer. Life also should not be a stacked deck against you with only a small group of folks holding all the aces and writing all the rules played in life’s game. When you’re out there promoting austerity and talking about how nobody should get their taxes raised, think a little deeper than those typical GOP talking points. Explain to me how you’re going to produce jobs when you have a general population that can’t afford to buy anything because they’re jobless, underemployed or have salaries that have remained stagnant for years.

How does that state of affairs produce more jobs?

Billionaires should get to keep all their wonderful loopholes, we’re told; oil companies should get to keep those oil subsidies when they’re making record profits; and, by all means, the wealthy should get to keep their trillions on the sidelines when their country is stumbling, jobless and faltering in every way possible.


Heaven forbid you don’t get your latest bonus at your employees’ expense when your company teeters on failure. The taxpayers will help you out, especially if you’re too big to fail. Heaven forbid you worry the infrastructure in this country is falling apart while you glory in your Swiss bank accounts and Cayman accounts, hiding your gains from the tax man.

My respect for the GOP is below rock bottom. Where are the policies they think are so great? Before you buy a pig in a poke in this election — because the only thing the name-calling GOP has to say for themselves is that they’re not Obama — maybe you should take time to examine the pig. I happen to think the results will be right up there with the Spain and Greek austerity programs, and those folks are rioting in the streets because they’re not happy. I’d hate to see the day when our military is turned on our own people because the greedy few ran wild after they bought our elections and stacked the deck all in their favor. Let’s try to make sure life isn’t that unfair, shall we? 

June Moeller

Rest assured, a good man lives among you

To the editor:

Recently, while on my way to visit my mother in Hagers-town, I stopped for gasoline. I jumped out of the car, placed my wallet on the roof to get out my credit card — never do this; you know where this is going, right? — filled the tank, completed my transaction and promptly drove away with the wallet still on the roof. When I reached my mother’s house, I realized my mistake, so I retraced my route from the station but did not find the wallet. While driving back to my mother’s house, all I could think about was the time it would take to replace the contents of the wallet — weeks, for sure.

Imagine my surprise and delight when my mother handed me the wallet, completely intact, stating shortly after I left to retrace my steps that a gentleman called, had found the wallet and already returned it. My mother offered him a reward but he declined.

We live in an age of doubt and mistrust, and a lot of news is not good news. So I wanted to let the citizens of Hagerstown know that living amoung you is a kind, honest gentleman named Rick Blair. Thank you again, Mr. Blair, for returning my wallet, saving me weeks of work and reminding me that good people still do exist.
Jacqueline Snyder
York, Pa.

The good, the bad and the ugly explained

To the editor:

The good: Our heroes and volunteers, the ones who do not seek recognition, who do not think they are heroes, the ones who have a true sense of duty. These are individuals who work as a team providing public safety and volunteer services for those in need.

The bad: People who disregard the simplest of courtesies.  Individuals who think that the fire lanes in front of grocery and retail stores are their personal parking space. Drivers not using turn signals, failing to yield to traffic and pedestrians.

The ugly: People who are against progress and community investment. It’s easy to be negative; it doesn’t require any work. I constantly read and hear excuses as to why a project should not be developed. Some cannot understand the facts or the vision and instead substitute their opinions as fact.

Take the proposed downtown stadium. Those against a downtown multiuse stadium cannot for the life of them see how it would revitalize downtown. No vision. You can give them all the hard facts and success stories and they will not believe you. Even out-of-state residents comment on the affairs of Hagerstown.

Really? Do you pay city taxes?

Speaking of taxes, some people have mistaken the hotel-motel tax as taxpayer money. Unless you stayed in a hotel or motel in the area, you did not pay into the hotel/motel account.  It’s not taxpayer money.

The silent majority isn’t really silent.  We voted for citizens to represent us and to make the tough choices for the best interest of all citizens, loud or silent. Our representatives have the knowledge, vision and connections to get things done.

The real problem is the negative energy spewing out of the mouths of the ill-informed. It can be a real challenge to get big projects completed and requires all hands on deck. There will always be people that are against everything. The vocal minority has the perception that everyone is against a downtown stadium and feel they must speak for all of us. Well, they are wrong. The visionaries see the stadium as a catalyst for revitalizing the downtown area. Just think of the Dagmar Hotel being restored as the luxury hotel it was back in the day that visitors could stay for events at the stadium. It is time to work on the future.

Clifton Deward

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