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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 30

October 30, 2012

Past four years have been country’s worst

To the editor:

This country is in the most disastrous shape since the Great Depression. The big problem is that one of the main saviors of America post-depression was World War II and the baby boom. Everything we needed was being cranked out of American factories, being designed by American engineers or scientists that had defected to America, and we were supplying the world with products, medicine and other vital needs including food.

Now, almost all of our jobs are outsourced, right down to the food we eat. Apples coming from China with DDT, fruit and meat that is frozen from South America — all of which has little inspection or control at the source. Our country is hungry to blame everyone but ourselves; greedy stockholders who would rather make a buck doing nothing than earning a day’s pay. We have blue-collar factory workers that want to live like kings and get paid equally as well as the CEOs they work for. Unions have priced jobs out of sight, lawyers have litigated jobs away from American soil through frivolous lawsuits, and our government wastes billions on bailouts when that same money could have solved our housing problems, auto industry woes and medical issues by using common sense rather than knee-jerk solutions.

It makes me sick as a baby boomer to see what has happened to this great nation in the past 30 years. People are more interested in cell phones and texting than they are in getting to work on time, or who they elect to run this country. Obama needs to go. My big election mistake was voting for Jimmy Carter the first time I was ever able to vote. I saw the same propaganda spewing out of Obama and had sense enough not to vote for him. These past four years have been the worst ever for this country, and I have seen presidents from Truman forward.

Christopher Breeze
Martinsburg, W.Va.



Poole’s candidacy seems to have no rhyme or reason

To the editor:

Since I have a child entering the school system next year, I have tried to read all I can on the Board of Education candidates. I am a bit confused by school board candidate Travis Poole. 

Mr. Poole states on his website that we have an “excellent school system,” yet his son goes to school in Frederick due to logistical reasons. He then stated in this newspaper that there was no timetable as to when his children would attend our excellent school system. I just find it odd that Mr. Poole does not even have his own children in the system but is running for our board.

While Mr. Poole touts our excellent school system, he stated in this newspaper that he has concerns but does not have a specific agenda, and is not running on any particular issue or topic, but to serve all issues and topics. So basically, we have nothing about why he is running, what he has done in the past to help the school system or what he plans to do to address those concerns of his.

Mr. Poole stated that the board needs “members who are connected to the community at large,” and yet I do not see where he has connected and helped within the school system in any capacity. 

This newspaper also stated he “became the legal counsel for the Washington County Department of Social Services’ child welfare and family services division so he represents the department in cases of abuse, neglect, and foster care.” Wouldn’t this be a concern? How will Mr. Poole conduct himself when those lines might cross as a school board member to the same children that he would be legal counsel for?

I am sure Mr. Poole is a fine father and a good man. But his candidacy seems to come out of left field with no real rhyme or reason. 

Amanda Mathisonn
Hagerstown



Who worries about children after they are born?

To the editor:

Pro-life Republicans desperately want everybody to be involved with the health and protection of other people’s children before they are born. After the children of other people are born — it seems — not so much.

Many have no problem with cutting assistance, health and education programs benefitting other people’s children.

There are well over 100,000 noninfant children born to other people waiting to be adopted in America right now. They are called “waiting children” by many states.

Maybe you can’t blame pro-lifers for saying go ahead and have that baby, and not then stepping up to the plate, but you have to wonder.

Of course, 100,000 cannot compare to the children of the 47 percent they also told to go ahead and have that child. These Republican pro-lifers signed up for a Republican party whose leader said 47 percent of Americans were “victims” who “refuse personal responsibility.” The majority of America’s children come from that group.

The Republicans don’t want to touch capital gains or other instruments or loopholes of the rich that enable people like Romney to pay only 14 percent income on the extra money his money earns. The definition of living paycheck to paycheck is having no money to set aside, like Romney, to earn even more money.

Instead of calling the children “victims,” we should call them gifts from God as we did before they were born and concentrate on growing them instead of just letting fewer and fewer wealthy people grow more money at a greater rate before giving them more ways to avoid taxes so they pay less toward the common good.

One in every sixth child in America, born of those other people, will go to bed hungry tonight. They need something to eat now besides a promise of a future “trickle down” that might or might not get to them in time.

Ken Hollar
Hagerstown

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