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Letters to the Editor - July 1

July 01, 2013

Why do people overlook homelessness and abortion?

To the editor:

This letter is regarding the Relay for Life events. Yes, it is great that families and others can come together every year to raise money for research in hopes of finding a cure for the awful, dreadful disease of cancer. Most of us know someone, maybe even a family member, who has died from it.

Scientists and doctors have been looking many centuries now for a cure. Just how much money do they need to find a cure? A lot of Americans seem to think money is the cure and answer to everything, but it is not.

I have noticed people display a lot of favoritism toward certain causes, especially Relay for Life events, across the United States. We the people and our government turn our backs and look the other way, overlooking really worthy causes and problems in the country such as homelessness and abortion. I say they know the cause, they know the cure.

Pete Seville
Greencastle, Pa.


Hamilton’s columns are riddled with errors

To the editor:

Dyed-in-the-wool Democrat Lee Hamilton appeared in these pages recently, as he does quite frequently, whining again about the failure of Congress to legislate as it did in the “old days.” He clearly implies this is the fault of the Republicans, who are in his mind only interested in “investigating.”

He fails to remark that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has a plethora of legislation, including 27 jobs bills that the House has passed over the past four years, and that obstructionist Harry Reid, the lord of the Senate, has refused to allow to come before the Senate for a vote for fear they might pass.

The House has had several budgets over the years that have passed with bipartisan support that have yet to see the light of day in the Senate. The only budget this Democratic administration has offered was defeated 99 to 1 in Obama’s first year in office in a Democrat-controlled Senate. He punished everybody by waiting four years before submitting another. Tricky move.

One great piece of legislation was that which would have allowed the president to select specific dollar items to be in accordance with the “sequester” spending plan the White House devised. A plan, incidentally, he tried to blame on Republicans. (Were it not for Bob Woodward, adored by Democrats, that charge would have stuck, given the fawning media.) Obama vetoed the bill, thereby calling for “cuts” across the board. As in “no White House tours.” Rebellion in the streets, so to speak, canceled that move.

That is the same media that refused to hammer home to the American people that not one thin dime was cut from the planned expenditures: only a 2 percent reduction in the growth of the planned expenditures. In 2013, there isn’t any less money being spent by the feds than there was in 2012. In fact, the feds are spending more.

Mr. Hamilton’s columns are riddled with errors. That is sad, because he knows better.

Nancy J.C. Boyer
Hagerstown


‘Tax and spend’ mentality is costing Md. taxpayers

To the editor:

On July 1, Marylanders will begin noticing their wallets getting a little lighter, as we witness the implementation of a stormwater utility fee, aka “rain tax,” and increases in the toll tax and gas tax. We are witnessing tax increases at an alarming rate under the O’Malley administration, and if the one-party rule in Maryland has its way, we will continue to see more of the same “tax and spend” mentality.

We are experiencing a spending problem in our state, stemming from a lack of leadership. Continually, the burden is placed on the backs of hard-working Marylanders.

The state’s 10 most-populated counties will implement a “rain tax” as required by state law. The revenue, we are assured, will be used to fund watershed protection and restoration programs designed to prevent pollutants from entering the Chesapeake Bay. This “unfunded mandate” is a result of another “unfunded mandate” from the federal government. Are you interested in more mandates?

It is important that we not forget that O’Malley admitted during a televised interview that he had raided the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund to pay for unrelated transportation projects, ensuring our taxpayers that he had replaced those funds with IOUs.

O’Malley claims the transportation fund is running out of money and the revenue generated by the gas tax increase is necessary to pay for billions in future projects. Current tax on a gallon of gas is 23.5 cents, increasing by almost 16 percent July 1. By 2018, Marylanders could see a 90 percent increase in the state gas tax.

It is important to note  that according to the Tax Foundation’s analysis, as of January 2013, Maryland’s gas tax was the 29th highest among the 50 states. Upon full implementation of this gas tax increase, Maryland will rank among the 10 highest.

We can no longer afford the “tax and spend” mentality that exists in Annapolis. We must work together toward a pro-growth economy focused on bringing good-paying jobs back to our state and by putting forth a comprehensive tax relief package; by protecting the middle-class from unnecessary and high taxes; and by getting our spending under control.

It is time we elect those who understand their role is that of “citizen representative” and not lawmaker; who understand their greatest responsibility is putting people first.

Preston Pratt
Lusby, Md.

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