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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 7

December 07, 2012

Flat tax rate would help balance the federal budget


To the editor:

I enjoyed George Michael’s article, “Going for a quick fix,” in The Herald-Mail on Nov. 30. Earlier I had sent a similar letter to President Obama. The same message could apply to our elected officials in Maryland.

Dear President Obama,

Let’s be fair! You pushed for equity, regardless of sexual orientation, in marriage. Now it is time to push for equity in the percentage of income tax each person pays. One rate should be established for all citizens.

Our nation was once the land of opportunity where people desired to come, work hard and earn a good living. The freedom we have as United States citizens allows those who want to have a different standard of living the opportunity to get an education, work hard and be creative and innovative. Some individuals will work several jobs and others will continue their education after working an eight-hour day in hopes of bettering themselves. Those that do not desire a higher standard of living do not push themselves as hard as others.

We have a choice in the United States not always afforded in other countries. Therefore, why should we tax those who work hard to better themselves at a different rate than those who do not? Push for a flat tax system where all Americans pay the same rate. Think how simple the tax form could be. Your accounting lobbyist would be opposed to such an idea, but it would make life easier on the common citizen to meet the IRS deadline of April 15.

Balance the budget. Just as an American family must live within their means, so should the federal government. Your experts can predict fairly well the revenue the government will generate. This will be even easier with a flat tax. Build into your budget a contingency factor for disasters. Base your budget on your income projection. Failure to do so will place the United States in a similar situation some of our European allies are encountering.

John Davidson
Clear Spring



The church’s job is to proclaim the good news


To the editor:

Homosexuality was common in the Ancient Roman Empire. In fact, 13 out of the first 14 Roman emperors were either bisexual or exclusively homosexual.

Indeed, the first recorded mention of a same-sex marriage occurred during the early Roman empire.

So what did Jesus, who lived under Roman rule, do about it? Nothing. What did Jesus tell his followers to do about it? Nothing.

Did Jesus ever picket, carry signs, lead marches, circulate petitions, or in any way try to force Christian morals on non-Christians? No.

The Church does. Why?

“Because they are SINNERS, Miller!”

You are going to have to come up with a better explanation than that. Doesn’t your Bible say that everyone is a sinner?

“It is our job to make sinners feel guilty.”

No it isn’t. That is the job of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit doesn’t need any help from you whatsoever.

“Well, what do you want us to do, then?”

Your job.

The church has a mandate to police the church. It has both the right and the responsibility to deny membership to, or expel from its membership, any and all whose conduct is at odds with the moral standards set down for the church.

Homosexuality falls into that category, certainly. But so do cohabitation, serial monogamy and a host of other behaviors concerning which the church is, inexplicably, deaf, dumb and blind.

Conversely, the church has no business trying to police the un-churched.

Regarding those outside the fold, the church’s sole job is to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God. The good news! Trust me; telling someone that he or she is going to be tormented in flames forever is not good news.

Besides, nobody in the Bible talks like that. The church shouldn’t either.

G.F. Miller
Hagerstown



Politicians trying to mask alarm for their real intentions

To the editor:

The sly politicians have taken to calling the life-blood of the poor, the sick and the elderly “an entitlement.”

Why do they do that? To prevent the public from being alarmed at their plans to take away, in part or in full, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

If they are so concerned about the deficit, why do they not mention the bloated defense budget and the cost of at least three wars that are unjustifiable? I refer, of course, to Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

All those who think the government is the enemy will be forced to change their minds when they need help.

Remember Katrina and Sandy.

Harold C. Craig Jr.
Emmitsburg, Md.

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