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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 22

August 21, 2012

Intelligence of American public is shaky at best

To the editor:

Tim Rowland’s column of Aug. 16, 2012, provides two statements of extreme interest to me: (1) Mitt Romney is a felon and (2) Obama is promising to send checks to people who refuse to work.

In regards to No. 1, I have watched a lot of news over the past few months. The only person I have heard refer to Romney as a felon is Sean Hannity, with his amazed attitude at how the Democrats would disrespect the GOP candidate.

All I have heard from the left is that he filed income tax returns and paid little or no income tax. This was through various legal maneuverings and offshore bank accounts. Unethical, yes. Morally reprehensible for a candidate for president, yes. But illegal, apparently not. Hannity seems to be confused with failing to file returns (illegal and a felony) with Romney’s use of the favorable tax loopholes for the rich. But in Hannity’s world, there is no shock value in the truth.

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In regards to No. 2, Republican governors in two states asked for waivers from the Welfare Reform Act instituted by President Clinton. This was granted on the condition they surpass the quotas set by the federal government for removing people from the welfare rolls. It’s baffling to me that the right wing of the GOP is always clamoring about states’ rights and less intrusion by the federal government into their daily lives. Yet once they get what they specifically requested, they turn it into a slur against President Obama.

How ironic is it that the right-wing spin machine (Hannity, Palin, Rove) is so utterly against how “dirty” this election has become? It sinks to new lows. They state a lesson we learned in early childhood about people who can dish it out but can’t take it.

After all, that Kenyan-born, secret-Muslim, terrorist-supporting, Bill Ayers’-loving, socialist, Marxist-Communist, anointed-one President Barack Hussein Obama has sure sunk to new lows. If the stakes weren’t so high, it would be humorous.

Now it’s just a sad commentary on the intelligence of the American public.

Thomas M. Rockwell
Hagerstown


Seniors need to let their voices be heard

To the editor:

A few of my friends have asked me why I haven’t written a book. There have been times when I have considered it, but each time I remind myself of the story country musician/singer Roy Clark tells about the first record he made. Roy said “My first record sold 50 copies — wham — just like that! If anyone would like to buy a copy, see me after the show. I’ve still got 49 copies in the trunk of my car.”

Such would be the case with my book if I were to write one. The trunk of my car is already cluttered with packs of flower and veggie seeds, boxes of greeting cards and cans of Rosebud Salve that are all left from some of my get-rich-quick schemes I’ve had over the past 40 years. I don’t need to add books to my collection. So, at the age of 70, I guess I’ll just stick to short articles as a way of expressing my thoughts and ideas.

I would like to encourage my senior peers to join me in voicing their opinions. Up to the age of 60, we remain fairly quiet, then after that we suddenly become a wealth of information and need to share our wisdom.

The Herald-Mailoffers two great sources for doing just that through Mail Call and Letters to the Editor. So, come on seniors, let’s take advantage of both these sources.

This is election year, a good time to express our opinions. There are a lot of national, state and local issues we need to help resolve. So pick up the phone and call or put pen to pad and let everyone know your input. If I can do it, so can you.

Whether you write or call The Herald-Mail, be sure to make the readers aware that you are a senior citizen. They need to know that we’re here and we’re still full of it.

George Sylvester Coyle
Hagerstown


Pa. voters face many issues with photo IDs

To the editor:
So you have a photo ID with an expiration date and you are sure to be able to vote in November. Well, not so fast. As it turns out that your name on the voter registration rolls must be exactly as it is on your ID.

Hmm, so what does that mean? Well, if your license says Margaret Anne Bailey, it better be that on the voter rolls. If it is Margaret Bailey, Margaret A. Bailey or Meg Bailey, or any other combination or permutation, you are not legally registered.

Many of the almost 1 million folks who have been identified as not having photo IDs have driver’s licenses, but their name is not identical with what is on the voter roles. Wouldn’t it be a fiasco if you showed up on Nov. 6 to vote and they say no-no, there isn’t a match, and if you want to vote provisional, have at it, and you have six days to make it right.

To be sure all is copacetic, you better check your voter registration card, if you can find it. If you can’t, you better check with the county election supervisor.

In the interim, I hope that someone in the bureaucracy notes this and notifies poll workers to ignore this glitch because it is an insidious anomaly without a consequence, which magnifies the fallacious basis of the voter ID law itself.

As far as I can tell, Judge Simpson missed this point in his decision and it might be another leg for the appeal to rest on.

Sheldon A. Schwartz
Greencastle, Pa.

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