Letters to the Editor - Nov. 18

November 18, 2012

As a Republican, I’m disappointed with my party

To the editor:

Norman Mailer said, “One must grow or forever pay the price of remaining the same.”

I am a registered Republican. I am disappointed with my party. It is driven by a past generation, my generation. It has failed in the last decades to respond to the needs and views of the newer generations and emerging electorate.

In its refusal to compromise on issues that could have led them to a victory, it stubbornly and generationally clung to views and ideas of the “greatest generation” — views and ideas that are not as relevant today as they were a few decades ago. The Republican Party still appears to many to appeal to the decades-old prejudices and conservative views that it had in the latter part of the last century.

This is the last election in which they had a chance to reach out to the groups that are now most relevant. Where are the plans and proposals that will encourage blacks, Hispanics, the young and women to look at the Republican Party and say “Republicans seem to want and feel some of the same things I want and feel?” When will the Republican Party see that it is behind the times and not appearing to address the issues and people that now almost control and soon will control the electorate?

If they keep looking into the mirror and not at the society and its changes, they will never win again in a national election. The Republican Party can control local and some state contests. It cannot do it in a national election under the present voting rules. The Republican Party’s leaders must meet somewhere in private and decide that fundamental changes are needed or they are doomed to second-class status.

It will be harder in four years. The electorate will be more Democratically (read demographically) inclined. Time is up!

Murray Deutchman

Family says thanks to all who helped after fire

To the editor:

Several months ago, the Meyers family of Sharpsburg faced a tragedy. In May, there was a very unfortunate house fire that left a historic and beloved farmhouse irreparable.

This fire was devastating, but as time goes on, our family has witnessed so many blessings and acts of kindness. The morning following the fire, friends and family poured into the front yard of the historic farmhouse to help in whatever way they could. People spent hours carrying everything they could out of the house to hopefully be saved. Others were outside cleaning, organizing and boxing up what had been pulled out of the debris. And still others brought tons of food for every meal of the day.

Our family was preparing themselves for weeks of clean-up but instead was met by the generosity and compassion of a genuine community of volunteers. The days and months following the fire have been challenging but God has showed up each step of the way to guide us and show us that he ultimately holds the master plan. He certainly showed the family that we should always have faith in the kindness and compassion of those around us.

So, to all the many friends, families, businesses, churches and fire companies that reached out to help, words would never be able to explain how much your help and time is appreciated. All we know to say is thank you.

The Meyers Family

Doctor tells patients he won’t accept Medicare

To the editor:

My wife and I went to our family doctor this morning (Nov. 14, 2012) for test and an examination that she needs before her hip surgery at the end of this month. While there, he told her that, though he hates to have to do it, after Dec. 31, 2013, he will no longer be working with nor accepting patients that are on Medicare.

He said that he has made this decision because the new reporting and claim requirements taking effect in 2014 for Medicare will involve so much additional reporting and record-keeping that he would have to hire an additional person for that purpose only, and that he just can’t afford it. He also said that, beginning January 2014, he will need to raise his office visit minimum charges to about twice that of the current rate.

I assume that this rate increase is due to the loss of income from his current Medicare patients. This increase, I believe, will have an adverse effect on his low- and middle-income patients that may be struggling meeting the current rate.

Our doctor is a young family man who, I believe, deeply cares about all of his patients and their well-being. However, he is also a businessman who needs to stay profitable in order to stay in business. I can’t say that I blame him even a little bit for having made this decision.

So here we are, off looking for a doctor who will take folks on Medicare. If we don’t come up with one, I guess we will just have to get in line at the emergency room.

No death panels for old folks are required with Obamacare as this should get it done. Some folks might call this the Obama effect.

Harold “Bob” Fisher

America’s decline reflects diseased state of church

To the editor:

In the book of I Kings, the writer (whom scholars call the Deuteronomist) describes a scene in which the prophets of Baal appeal to their god for a supernatural demonstration of power. All of their dancing, shouting, crying, praying and self-mutilation go for naught, however, for the coveted demonstration never happens.

As they lay exhausted and bleeding, Elijah taunted them. “Shout louder,” he told them. “Maybe he’s thinking, relieving himself, or traveling! Maybe he’s sleeping, and you have to wake him!”

I thought of that passage when all the machinations of the “Christian” right failed to win the presidency for Mitt Romney.

Did their God not hear them? Or did they not hear God?

The anonymous writer of the Old Testament books of I and II Chronicles penned these familiar words.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

In other words, the well-being of a nation correlates with the purity and holiness — or the lack thereof — of the church.

I respectfully suggest that America’s precipitous moral decline, and its impending economic and social collapse, is because the church likes to quote that passage but has not done as it instructs. To say it another way, the sickness of America today reflects the diseased state of the church.

And contrary to what the “Christian” right hoped, a victory by Romney would have done nothing to fix that.

G.F. Miller

Non-partisan elections would be good for West Virginia

To the editor:

At the urging of a 70 percent advisory referendum vote by the citizens of Hagerstown, Md., those city officials now are moving forward to amend their city charter to conduct all future elections on a non-partisan basis.

Non-partisan elections help voters to more fully reap the benefits of the salvation of liberty, the heart of the nation and the hope of our republic.

May the West Virginia Legislature go and do likewise.

Del. Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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