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Letters to the Editor - March 11

March 11, 2013

Cardin should focus more onbudget, less on columns

To the editor:

“Quick action can fend off sequestration” is the headline on Sen. Ben Cardin’s column of Feb. 27. He uses the first six paragraphs of this column to promote the liberal scare tactics that Maryland will be devastated as a result of this “scarequester.”

Anyone who remotely follows the news regarding this issue knows that the sequester does not reduce spending, it only reduces the amount of proposed increased spending. The government will still spend more of our tax dollars this year than it did last year.

His last paragraph states, “The American people are tired of these budget showdowns and stopgap measures.” I would also add that the American people are tired of Congress not doing its mandated job. Where is all the concern when it comes time to submit a budget, which the Senate has not done for more than three years? Take your concern elsewhere, Mr. Cardin, until you and your associates perform your job satisfactorily.

On the revenue side, Cardin does suggest a reasonable solution to end tax preferences, limit itemized deductions and close tax loopholes. He could have gone further by proposing a flat tax to ensure everyone pays their fair share.

On the spending side, Cardin is completely off base. His solution is to bring down health care costs, save money by bringing home troops from Afghanistan and reorganize our military. I see nothing in his suggestions to reduce spending. Can this government be trusted to use any such savings to reduce the deficit? I think not, as history has proved.

Mr. Cardin, please do not insult our intelligence with opinion pieces about all the problems we are facing when you and your colleagues are to blame. Do us a favor and submit a bill for term limits and you will make a lot of people happy.

Ronald F. Moats
Keedysville

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Chamber says vote ‘yes’ to referendum

To the editor:

The Board of Directors of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce endorses Whitetail Resort’s effort to pass the Montgomery Township Referendum. The resort has given so much to our community over the years and has never let us down. In fact, Whitetail always exceeds our expectations.

This referendum will help Whitetail increase its non-ski revenue, protect jobs and ensure the long-term stability of the resort. Whitetail employs 1,100 people during peak ski season. With the passage of this referendum, the resort will be able to diversify its recreational offerings on a four-season basis and provide a year-round dining experience for local residents and visitors, thus increasing the year-round employee numbers.

The Chamber does not doubt Whitetail Resort will remain family friendly and the premier place for our children and grandchildren to play, as well as work. This referendum will not change the culture of Whitetail Resort. It has been owned by the same company for 15 years; the Chamber trusts Whitetail, its management and its owner.

TACC has no reservations about supporting this referendum. We look forward to the jobs this will bring as Whitetail grows, the stabilization of township and school taxes, and the positive impact this will have on our neighboring businesses and communities. The TACC Board of Directors hopes you will vote “yes” May 21 on the Montgomery Township Referendum.

Mary-Anne Gordon
TACC board of directors

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