Letters to the Editor - Jan. 20

January 20, 2013

Residents should speak out against Congress’ inaction

To the editor:

Harry Reid to Obama: “Please ignore Congress and raise the debt ceiling on your own.”

I, for one, am not surprised. The 113th Congress is continuing a tradition. They, like past Congresses, are poised to once again abdicate their responsibility under the Constitution. Taxation without representation might have been tyranny in 1775; at all levels of government in 2013, taxation and unrestrained spending with representation is an abomination. Regardless of party affiliation, which should matter little, Congress is once again out of touch with the voters and issues. Congress continues to play politics while American citizens pay the piper.

The economy, the national debt and unrestrained spending are the key issues Congress must address in a nonpartisan manner. We are on the road to “Economic Armageddon” if congressional leaders and the rank and file continue to ignore warning signs, don’t learn from history and don’t act responsibly to restore America’s position as the world’s leading economy.

Now is the time to take action. Organize, join together and contact your representatives at all levels of government. Let them know we will no longer stand for their lack of fortitude when it comes to actions they must take to ensure the future of the American Republic and continuation of the American adventure for this and future generations.

Joseph T. Krysztoforski, former candidate
U.S. House of Representatives

In Maryland, we get what we are willing to pay for

To the editor:

A recent Herald-Mail editorial analyzing what our delegation has promised for the upcoming General Assembly session states, “We join them in opposing a hike in the state gasoline tax ... as states north and south improve Interstate 81 to three lanes, we have seen very little action out of Maryland on that front. This very likely will lead to an embarrassing bottleneck on the highway between Pennsylvania and West Virginia — state lawmakers should have to answer for how this has been allowed to happen.”

Maybe the answer is that Pennsylvania and West Virginia can afford to widen their portions of I-81 because their gas taxes are substantially higher than ours. In West Virginia, gas is taxed at 34.7 cents per gallon, 47 percent higher than in Maryland. Pennsylvania’s gas tax is 32 cents per gallon, 32 percent higher than Maryland’s. You probably won’t get this answer from our delegation, but we generally get what we are willing to pay for.

Jim Laird

Online report answers some gun control questions

To the editor:

I’d like to thank our elected federal and state officials for serving our country. I’d also like to ask that before any legislation is passed on any type of gun control that we wait until we see the final police reports from Newtown, Conn.

We need to have all of the facts and not just what the media wants to use for their agenda. No decision can be made without all of the facts, and we need to make sure all of the facts are checked by unbiased authorities.

I suggest reading “The Weapons and Violence Conundrum: Let’s Approach the Problem with Facts,” by psychologist James Swan (

This will answer a lot of questions, and I believe some of the answers are there. Swan would be a tremendous asset to help with any legislation.

Tom Grosh
Clear Spring

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