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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 23

January 23, 2013

Some on left and right refuse to listen to other side

To the editor:

I feel I must respond to recent letters by Ken Hollar (Jan. 13) and Andrew Williams (Jan. 6).

First, to Mr. Hollar. You will find your counterpoint in the next day’s Herald-Mail. For every George Michael, there is an Allan Powell. For every David Limbaugh, there is a Leonard Pitts. The Herald-Mail does a good job giving a balanced amount of commentary from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum.

For Mr. Williams, I have two quotes that I feel are appropriate.

1. “If you only listen to people you agree with, you’ll only learn what you already know.” Feel free to read the New York Times and listen to MSNBC, but by doing that you are only getting half the story, and that is not being well-read.

2. “If you state your allegiance to one political party, you’ve just admitted whose lies you choose to believe.” I find it strange that those who claim to be open-minded and well-read are the ones who want to shut down media outlets that do not share their point of view. Only from the left have I heard efforts to shut down Fox News or to silence Rush Limbaugh. I have never heard anyone from the right seek to shut down MSNBC or to take Bill Press or Ed Shultz off the radio. From the right, I’ve only heard calls for more spirited debate and an equal hearing from both sides.

So, for my friends on the left and the right who do not care to hear viewpoints from the other side or to put their preconceived notions to the test, I believe the following quote is appropriate: “Ignorance is bliss.”
 
David S. Wilkinson
Martinsburg, W.Va.


Debt ceiling debate has come to ‘threats’

To the editor:

To tell somebody that you will hurt them if they don’t give you what you want seems a bit uncivilized, for sure. But considering the hateful climate that has plagued Congress for so long now, we should not be surprised to hear Republicans say something like that to the Democrats — or Democrats to the Republicans, for what it’s worth.

But when Republicans tell Democrats they will not raise the debt ceiling if Democrats don’t agree to their spending cuts, that goes far beyond uncivilized. Because not raising the debt ceiling will not hurt the Democrats. No, it will hurt America and all of the American people. It’s like saying: “If you don’t give me what I want, I will hurt your children.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, has a name. It’s called a terrorist threat. That the Republican members in Congress exhibit the mind-set of terrorists in this matter is more than just vaguely disturbing. Which explains why President Obama is so adamant about not having a discussion on raising the debt ceiling. 

But, please, Mr. President: We still need a balanced budget for 2014.

Hans K. Buhrer
Smithsburg

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