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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 3

November 03, 2012

Where’s the ‘liberal media’ when you need them?


To the editor:

There is a major story that the so-called liberal news media are not covering. CNN had a two-minute story on it last week. It’s about a factory in Freeport, Ill., that made sensors for cars. Bain Capital bought the factory in 2006. In January of last year the employees were told that they were moving to China at the end of this year.

The company’s profits for the first two quarters of this year were $972 million. That’s profit. But I guess that wasn’t enough for Bain, because they told their 170 employees they were closing. And the kicker is those employees were forced to show Chinese employees how to operate and build the sensors.

Mitt Romney stands to get millions from Bain himself. So where he says he’s gonna get tough on China, why? It’s a cash cow for him. American workers started out at $17 per hour. Chinese workers are paid 99 cents per hour. Oh by the way, this is a nonunion factory. So the right can’t claim union bias.

I just feel as a voter all the facts should be out there, not just cherryipicking facts. Call your news agencies, call your representatives and ask why they did not say more about this? Just don’t call Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, because I’m sure he’ll say it’s not true.

Jolene Ann Guessford
Hagerstown



Vote against more gambling


To the editor:

If you have been in — or anywhere near — Maryland in the past few months you have been inundated with radio and television commercials, print ads, door hangers — pretty much everything but the Goodyear blimp urging you to vote either for or against Question 7 on the ballot on Nov. 6.

Vote no.

I have watched the State of Maryland go down the same path as dozens of other states in believing that casino gambling would help balance the state budget because it would pay for education costs and, thus, free the money that was being spent on education for other purposes.

The net proceeds from lotteries, remember, were going to go toward improving education thus freeing general budget funds for other purposes. Sound familiar?

I also want my colleagues in the legislature to be honest with their constituents about what is involved in Question 7.

1. It will allow a “Las Vegas-style casino” (including table games) to be built in Prince George’s County. It will be built at National Harbor although the language of the proposition does not tell you that.

2. It will not guarantee that the first dime will go toward education. There is nothing in the language of the proposition about that, either.

3. It will actually lower the tax rate on gaming revenues for existing casino operators. Keep in mind that Democrats in Annapolis just raised taxes on tens of thousands of middle-income earners earlier this year.

4. Many, if not most, of the jobs that are being touted by the proponents of Question 7 will not be available to Marylanders because they will likely go to union construction trades and those workers will be largely imported from out-of-state, and move on to the next project when this one is finished.

5. Las Vegas-style casinos are no guarantees of continued success. If you don’t believe me, hop on I-95, drive up to Atlantic City, and see how well that’s working out for our neighbors to the north.

Of the five casinos that were approved just a few years ago, only three are operating (one of those for less than six months) and the Baltimore site has yet to even gain design approval.

As a business case, Maryland doesn’t need a sixth casino. As a revenue case, Question 7 may actually end up costing taxpayers money, not saving them money. As an education case, we should have already learned our lesson.

Vote No on Question 7.

Del. Michael Hough
Frederick and Washington counties



Hagerstown Professional Firefighters PAC endorses five for council


To the editor:

The Hagerstown Professional Firefighters PAC has chosen five Hagerstown city council candidates to endorse in this year’s upcoming city election on Nov. 6.

After months of deliberation and candidate meetings, Don Munson, Lewis Metzner, Kristin Aleshire, Penny Nigh and Martin Brubaker are receiving the PAC’s endorsement. The candidates’ experience, commitment to excellence, and their strong public safety policies have merited this endorsement.

The Hagerstown Professional Firefighters Local 1605 established the Hagerstown Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee in 2012.

Its purpose is to educate, support and inspire its members and the community to be active in the political process while endeavoring to educate members of local government in the various aspects of the fire service, and to endorse those candidates who support a strong public safety policy.

Russell Daiello
Chairman
Hagerstown Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee

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