Letters to the Editor - Dec. 16

December 16, 2012

Maybe ‘common sense’ voters don’t like giveaways

To the editor:

Just recently, a letter to the editor from a gentleman in Rohrersville appeared in this newspaper. He was explaining to bewildered voters how President Obama was re-elected.

He stated that an online analysis disclosed “a very substantial difference in educational attainment between the residents of the 26 states and the District of Columbia that will give Electoral College votes to Obama and the 24 states that will give Electoral College votes to Romney.”

He further stated that 31 percent of people 25 or older in the states that Obama won had earned at least a bachelor’s degree, versus 24 percent in the states won by Romney.

He concluded with “another way to state these results is that, on average, the voters who voted for Obama were better educated than the voters who voted for Romney, and this conclusion is exactly what common sense dictated.”

In my opinion, those percentages he quoted mean those 24 percent had “the common sense,” if not as much education, to realize the giveaways in this country must be stopped.

As Ronald Reagan said as president: When we pay people to be poor, we will have a lot more poor people.

Maybe, just maybe, the letter writer should check to see what percentage of those voters in the 26 states and the district received political favors of some type.

Also, he should check on reports of precincts that had up to 30 percent more voters than were registered and of poll workers who were told to remain silent about this.

I voted one time. Evidently, my vote didn’t count as much as some.

Joe Eichelberger

Is it any wonder that conservatives lost the election?

To the editor:

A lot of speculation is being advanced as to why conservatives lost the election. I would like to propose the following as one of the primary reasons: Rank-and-file conservatives used devious and untruthful ways to try to influence the election.

I have found that there is much false info on the Web. Some of it relates to executive orders issued by President Obama. One Web site attributed eight executive orders (ranging from EO 10990 to EO 11921) to Obama that were from previous administrations. I checked the White House and government archives websites and found that the first executive order issued after the inauguration was EO 13489, dated Jan. 21, 2009. As of Nov. 19, the government archives site showed 140 executive orders (EO 13489 to EO 13628) issued by Obama, far fewer than the more than 900 listed on the site.

I could give other examples, but I want to make this point: If conservatives, of which I am one, resort to misinformation and outright lies, we cannot expect to lead the country. Yes, the Dems might have done so, but to a large extent, we claim to be believers in the Ten Commandments of the Bible and the God revealed therein, who declares himself to be the God of truth. God honors truth, and when we disseminate false info, God will not honor it or those who do so. 

God states very plainly that he places leaders in positions for His own purposes. Ancient Israel was sometimes ruled by evil powers because she did not honor the God of Truth. Are we experiencing the same fate for the same reason?

The election is over. Let’s learn that to have the God of the Bible on our side, we must rigorously devote ourselves to truth or suffer the consequences. Americans have largely kicked God out of our lives and society. If we want Him back, we will have to play by the rules — his rules.

R.A. Happel Jr.
Waynesboro, Pa.

Trooper’s kindess was an early Christmas gift

To the editor:

Maryland Senior State Trooper J. Ardinger, of Barrack O in Hagerstown, recently brought a Christmas kindness early to me and another distressed motorist.

His professionalism, courtesy and flat-out Christian kindness is beyond the ability of my tongue to tell.

May he, his and all of those who work so hard to serve and protect us prosper and be blessed.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library says thanks

To the editor:

Breaking ground in the month of December was not my idea; however, the irony of the timing is that we, the campaign committee, board and staff, are truly thankful for all of the financial gifts you have given to us this past year. Because of your help, we were able to break ground for the new addition on Nov. 30 and work should begin this week.

We have tried to keep you, the public, updated on our plans for the new one-story addition extending out from the back of the library, along with renovations to the existing building. Phase I, which includes the addition, new heating and air conditioning for the existing building, major roof repair, and both new and updated bathrooms that will be ADA compliant, is now fully funded and we are working on securing donations for the completion of Phase II. This means that we will need to raise about $120,000 to complete the renovations in the current building. This phase includes such items as window replacements, paint, carpet, ceiling tiles, relocation of the circulation desk and resurfacing the parking lot.

The board decided to move forward with this project in different phases so that we can make the building a reality and also put the money already donated into action, rather than trying to wait until we are fully funded. We can work in a building with old paint, but not in a building that only sometimes has heat.

The final and last phase of this project will be to try to secure more land for parking and also create a fund to help with regular building maintenance and bills. Larger facility equals more money to maintain.

We have not sent out letters to ask for donations, not because we don’t need your help, but because the cost for printing and postage needs to be put into the new building. Please consider my letter a way for us to thank you for all of your past support, and ask you to please remember the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in your end-of-the-year giving. Our services are far-reaching to all ages and interests of those in the community. Help us help others.

Patricia Divelbiss
Capital campaign chairperson

Michigan should have seen writing on the wall years ago

To the editor:

I had to laugh this week as I watched protestors at the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing. They were protesting Michigan’s possible switch to becoming a right-to-work state. These workers were complaining that this will destroy their wages and cause them extreme suffering. Where have these people been for the last 10 to 20 years?

While a dozen auto plants have closed in Michigan and Ohio, new plants have popped up all over the South, where most states have right-to-work laws. Companies like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Honda and Boeing have opened large, state-of-the art plants all over the South. Sure, these workers do make a few dollars less per hour, but they also don’t have to pay union dues and they don’t have the frequent shutdowns that plants in Michigan have.

The car companies that have opened plants in the South are also making money, which means they haven’t taken our tax dollars in bailouts. Why should the rest of us be required to subsidize the union workers in Michigan so they can make more than the going rate in the industry? I haven’t seen the non-union auto workers in the South protesting that they are unhappy with their pay and benefits. You would think the people in Michigan would have seen the writing on the wall years ago. Their unemployment rate has been much higher than the rest of the country for years, and they have been losing companies at an alarming rate.

Bill Stryker
Waynesboro, Pa.

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