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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 15

September 12, 2012

GOP has become the party of fibs

To the editor:

When we were kids, my cousin Sharon told everyone each April Fool’s Day: “There’s a chicken on your head.” And although our ages were in single digits, we had sense enough to never pay her for her silliness.
Today, generations later, adults pay politicians huge sums to tell us bigger lies than Sharon’s chicken nonsense. Neither party’s perfect, but today’s Republicans have taken lying to new lows.
They lie about Obamacare, Medicare, taxes, energy, jobs, welfare, immigration and voter fraud. They even have ongoing lies — about “baby killers,” guns, God and gays — with no more truth than that chicken on your head. But repeated often enough by political leaders, pundits like Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck and patriotic-sounding superpacs funded by billionaires, some voters eventually believe!
We hear this junk through news media, blab shows, incessant commercials and we even pay for it. Notice in the corner of your congress member’s puffery newsletter, the legally-required words: “Prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.”
When Paul Ryan tells us with heartfelt emotion how Obama economic policies closed his hometown auto plant, even though it closed before Obama took office, he’ll lie about anything. And when the creator of Massachusetts’ successful “Romneycare” promises to repeal “Obamacare,” he’s the world’s biggest hypocrite and will also lie about anything.
When Senate leader Mitch McConnell declares that his biggest priority is not fixing the mess Republicans made through eight years of the worst president ever, but rather making sure Obama only gets four years to clean it up, then you know we’re not dealing with a full deck of patriotic Americans in Washington, but a bunch of partisans who put warped ideology over country.
And if you believe anything they say, my cousin has an old chicken for your head.

Paul Politis,
Greencastle, Pa.

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Sign up if you oppose stadium

To the editor:

If you are opposed to the spending of millions of dollars for a proposed stadium at the corner of East Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue, you may do some of the following to let your voice be heard.
To sign up online go to change.org and at search punch in Bruchey — then push enter. A copy of the letter of concern will come up for you to sign. Anyone over the age of 18 (city or county resident) may sign.
You can also call Hagerstown Voice at 240-347-1555 and leave your name and a message for copies of the letter to circulate. If you don’t want either of these you can write to Hagerstown Voice at P.O. Box 85, Hagerstown, MD 21741 and ask for forms.
Besides this petition, you should also let the city council members know that we should have a fair public meeting about the stadium. It should be an open meeting instead of the one with table and chairs which was discussed at the council meeting this week.

Louise Dawson
Hagerstown

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