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Letters to the Editor - April 10

April 10, 2013

Election is over; it is time to move on

To the editor:

This is a short reply to several of Lloyd Waters’ comments from his column, “No political apathy in Ohio, Baltimore or D.C.”

No. 1: Voter fraud in Ohio. Willard “Mitt” Romney lost Ohio by 166,000 votes. Not even close. 5,500,000 votes cast, at a recognized 0.0002 percent national voter fraud occurence. 1,100 votes by fraud (if true) falls far short of his loss total.

No. 2: Obamaphones. Initially a Reagan program (landlines), expanded to cellphones by Clinton and further expanded by the Bush administration in entitlement criteria. Give credit where credit is due.

No. 3. Carlos Slim. One of three suppliers for this service, not the sole supplier. His netting $10 per phone has been reported by only one source, FOX, which hedged the claim by stating “He MAY be receiving $10 per phone” not “He IS receiving $10 per phone.” His donation to the Obama campaign claim was worded as “a possible donor.” No donor figures were cited. Not nearly quotable claims.

No. 4. $500,000 to meet Obama. At quarterly meetings hosted by Organization for Action, a nonprofit PAC, held in a hotel near the White House, not in the White House, where the president might or might not be in attendance at any given meeting. Since the Citizens United decision, which concludes that PACs are people, too, this PAC has decided to exercise its rights as Crossroads and others exercise theirs.

In summation, Romney lost by 4,683,307 votes nationwide. He took a whuppin’. In the words of the learned Justice Scalia, explaining the Gore vs. Bush decision: “Live with it.” It really is time to move on.

Harold Nichols
Mercersburg, Pa.


Increased police presence needed in neighborhood

To the editor:

I live on Monet Drive in Park Overlook. Residents recently received a letter stating the Hagerstown Police Department will begin enforcing parking ordinances for vehicles blocking sidewalks.

There is additional parking available in Park Overlook in the front and rear of the neighborhood. However, both of the additional parking lots are close to public walkways near Pangborn Park and Fairgrounds Park, which has a lot of foot traffic all hours of the day and night. There have been several instances of vandalism over the past few years, which is the primary reason many residents will not use these additional parking areas. Increased police patrol and monitoring is needed in the Park Overlook neighborhood and surrounding areas before strictly enforcing the parking ordinance.

Marc Redick
Hagerstown


Same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue

To the editor:

I am 89 years old and a man of the Christian faith, so I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, I do think this also becomes a civil rights issue, because gays and lesbians are still going to do the things they do, whether it’s legal or not.

When they adopt a child, which one is the father and which one is the mother, and how does the child know? Do they wear nametags or what? This is so hard for a straight person to understand. If there would be some medical science that could validate a person being gay or lesbian, it would help. I can’t believe a person would choose this lifestyle because of the problems they will encounter in doing so.

I do believe they should be married only by a judge in a civil ceremony and then would be eligible for the same benefits as a heterosexual couple. I don’t believe churches should ever accept it or redefine marriage. I do believe we have to try to accept this same-sex behavior and work out the problems that exist because of it. This is why it is a civil rights issue as well.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown


Sacrificing of unborn is an awful holocaust

To the editor:

It’s horrible to know they are killing unborn babies in Hagerstown on West Washington Street. I recently read more than 50 million children have been aborted in the United States since 1973. Where are the preachers, the judges, the Christian lawmakers?

If they do nothing and look the other way while this awful holocaust is going on, won’t they receive the same punishment from God as those involved? I think so.

These slain children will never get to hug a loving parent, smell or see one of God’s beautiful roses or see the sun set. They will never play with a doll or ride a bicycle.

I’ve read in the Bible that some pagans sacrificed their children to their false gods. Instead of sacrificing these innocent unborn children and having their blood on their hands when they see God, men and women should present their own bodies “as a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

We would not have this terrible holocaust and guilt as a nation if the older women would “teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:4,5)

Please come over to God’s side so you won’t wish you had been aborted as soon as you die.

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whither it be good or whither it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

R. Richard Martin
Hagerstown

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