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Letters to the Editor - April 7

April 07, 2013

Homeless need more advocates


To the editor:

Is homelessness in Washington County invisible? For many, I believe the answer is yes. There are shelters that provide housing overnight in the winter months, but I am not aware of warm-weather shelters. I applaud the shelters that do provide housing.

I am aware there are no easy answers.

For the most part, the homeless seem to have few advocates. What can individuals do? For starters, we can contribute financially to the shelters that do exist. Also, we can become more aware of the plight of our fellow citizens.


Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg



It is time for Md. Republicans to fight back


To the editor:

The Democrats in Annapolis are taking Maryland down a very dangerous road. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland’s real unemployment rate was 12.1 percent in 2012. Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Democrats have increased spending by $8 billion and raised taxes nearly 40 times to pay for it.

So, where has all the spending gotten us? Is your commute time quicker? Are your potholes filled? Do your children have a job when they graduate? For most Marylanders, the answer is a resounding, “No!” That’s why more than 6,500 small businesses have moved out of state and there are eight fewer Fortune 500 companies within our borders.

Nearly 20 percent of Maryland’s economy is connected to the federal government. When Washington reins in the spending and President Obama’s “sequester” roars its ugly head, where will our civil servants find a job? In Maryland, it certainly won’t be the private sector.

In O’Malley’s State of the State Address, he said, “Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Whether we give our children a future of more or a future of less — this, too, is a choice.” My question is, “Governor, where are the jobs?” There has not been a single pro-business piece of legislation passed during the 2013 legislative session. We only saw more wasteful spending and lighter wallets for hardworking Maryland taxpayers.

That was the choice Democrats chose to make, and very soon voters will have a choice to make as well. The 2014 elections are right around the corner. Do we roll over and let the bullies take more of our hard-earned paychecks? Do we move our families and businesses to a friendlier climate for opportunity in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware or West Virginia? No. Maryland Republicans are choosing to stand and fight.

In 2013, the Maryland Republican Party has implemented the first stage of our “Growing Our Party 2020” plan to take back our county offices and the legislature in the 2014 and 2018 elections. This program will help train more than 400 candidates and volunteers for the local and legislative elections this year alone. There are 15 county governments controlled by Republicans, but we always need more Republican county councils, sheriffs, delegates and senators.

If you are interested in standing up against the thugs in Annapolis, then we need your help. Those interested in running for office or helping our cause can call our office at 410-263-2125 or email me at chairman@mdgop.org for more information.

Maryland matters to us and it is time for Maryland citizens to stand up, fight back and vote Republican.


Diana Waterman, chair
Maryland Republican Party



Was sequestration letter an April Fools joke?


To the editor:

This is in response to the April 1 letter to the editor with the headline, “Sequestration not to blame for tower closures.

The underlying theme of this letter seems to be an intent to question the veracity of several previous articles published in this newspaper reporting the effect of the sequestration on the tower closures.

The writer concludes that there is no other reason (other than politics) to blame sequestration for the imminent closing of numerous air-traffic control towers. This list includes the tower at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

That very night, the “Greta Van Susteren Show” on Fox News, hardly a bastion of left-wing ideology, began the lead story with the headline “Sequestration Set to Trigger Air-Traffic Control Cutbacks.”

Keeping in mind the dates of the writer’s letter (April 1), a more apropos final paragraph in summation of the letter might have read simply, “April Fools.”


Thomas H. Rockwell
Hagerstown

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