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Letters to the Editor - March 3

March 03, 2013

It’s time for a gun-control amendment

To the editor:

I practiced law for more than 30 years and I understand the difficulty and the risk in convening a constitutional convention. But this is not an unprecedented solution. To grant blacks freedom, we passed the 13th Amendment. To grant women the right to vote, we passed an amendment. When we needed an income tax to protect our economy, we passed an amendment. When we saw alcohol as a danger to our society, we passed an amendment. Is saving the lives of tens of thousands of our citizens not a worthy goal?

If you have a gun in your home, you are more likely to be killed by a gun — not by an intruder, but by a member of your household. Thousands will be killed by others — in anger, by accident or criminally. A famous singer recently committed suicide. With a knife? No, with a gun. A famous athlete just killed his girlfriend. With his fists? No, with a gun. I guess those who oppose any further gun control feel that these lives (and the thousands more that are sure to be lost) are expendable when compared with the unlimited access to assault rifles and 100-round magazines.

I do not favor a complete ban on guns. I only want us to be able to debate what reasonable limits can be imposed on some types of guns and their enhancements. The Second Amendment, with its absolutist language, severely limits real discussion of what is the best way to deal with this issue.

Murray Deutchman
Sharpsburg


Easter a good time to count our blessings

To the editor:

Have you ever thought of yourself as rich? Just think a moment. Do you have family or friends? Good health, talents, a good job, intelligence? Own a house, car, computer, TV? Have a job? Can you go out to eat sometimes? Do you live in America, the country with so many freedoms and opportunities that others love to come here from their country? We have it made. Life might not be perfect and we might not have money to burn, but think about all we do have. Some are not as fortunate as others, but we all have opportunities to better ourselves and we are still better off than many other countries.

Easter is coming, and thanks to the real meaning of it, we are blessed. Jesus died on the cross on what we call Good Friday and rose again three days later. He did all that for us, so we could live a wonderful life. And not only that, but when our time does come to leave this earth, we have a choice of going to be with Him in heaven where things are perfect and happy or to hell where nothing is good or painless. All we have to do is make our own choice.

We are rewarded here and above when we just say yes to God’s plan. He answers all our prayers. Sometimes He says “no” or “wait a while,” but it is all for our own good. Can you imagine someone who cares that much for us? I thank Him everyday for all the blessings He has given us, for never leaving me alone and for giving us all an opportunity too good to turn down.

Darlene Hoffman
Sharpsburg


Sequestration is proof that leadership is failing

To the editor:

Just a comment on a story that appeared on page A6 of The Herald-Mail (Feb. 27) with the headline, “Obama rejects GOP senators’ cut proposal.”

The story says, “Obama rejected a proposal floated by Senate Republicans to give the president more flexibility to pick and choose which programs should be cut to reach the $85 billion over seven months mandated by the so-called sequester. ‘There’s no smart way to do that,’ he said. ‘These cuts are wrong. They’re not smart, they’re not fair. They’re a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.’”

The last sentence of Obama’s comments is the most honest statement he has made regarding this issue. And guess what, Mr. President, you get to own it all. A leader would have been out in front of this issue even before the first fiscal cliff was reached. 

As an unaffiliated voter, I did not support Obama for president for the very reason that he would do nothing to rein in our spending and out-of-control debt. This sequester, as well as failure to foster bipartisanship, is proof positive that our national leadership is failing. This brings to mind a statement attributed to this administration, “Leading from behind.”

Ronald F. Moats
Keedysville


Minimum wage increase won’t put people out of work

To the editor:

I fully support the increase in the minimum wage to a living wage as now proposed in Congress. I’ve been around a few years, and every time the issue comes up the same argument is raised against it — it will put people out of work and drive off businesses. History does not support that.

In the last dustup over raising the minimum wage, when Herman Cain owned a chain of pizza parlors, he claimed that if the minimum wage was raised, he would have to lay off half of his employees. Another pizza chain owner now claims the same fate, saying he would cut his people to part time.

It has never happened. For one thing, if they could cut their workforce in half and stay in business, they would do it in a heartbeat, regardless the minimum wage. That’s just good business.

The second issue is that raising wages takes people off the welfare system and makes them tax contributors. When two cities in California passed living-wage legislation, tax revenues went up and welfare costs went down. None of the dire predictions that business would leave the area came true.

It is time we quit subsidizing businesses that are able to hire desperate people at minimum wage because they are underwritten by our social safety net. The real benefit recipients of our welfare system are employers who pocket profits because their workforce is subsidized, not the employee who works for unreasonably low wages.

Bob Ayrer
Falling Waters, W.Va.





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