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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 1

August 01, 2013

America is a nation with many problems


To the editor:

Last year, Congress raided the Social Security trust fund to the tune of $62 billion. They have raided this fund for a total of $3.25 trillion since 1968. You see, the problem isn’t with seniors or the size of their benefits.

The White House budget priorities include cutting benefits to millions of seniors, veterans and people with disabilities through the “chained CPI” cost of living adjustment formula. CPI means that three years after enactment, a typical 65-year-old would see a decrease in Social Security benefits of about $130. This amount increases every year. It also includes means testing for Medicare.

Money spent on illegal aliens doesn’t help solve our national debt crisis, either. What is there about “illegal” that Congress doesn’t get?

We’re broke and can’t help our own seniors, veterans, orphans, homeless, etc. In recent years, we have provided direct cash aid to Haiti ($1.4 billion), Pakistan ($2 billion), Libya ($1.45 billion), Iraq ($1.08 billion), Kenya ($816 million), Sudan ($870 million), Ethiopia ($981 million) and the list goes on.

America is a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication, seniors being swallowed up by school taxes and the mentally ill going without treatment.


Mary E. Butts
Chambersburg, Pa.




Majority should not fund a stadium for minority


To the editor:

Government should not be the lead investor for a new stadium. Why should the people who pay taxes help to build something that benefits only some of the people? The government is supposed to promote the general welfare of the citizens, but this new stadium is not for the majority of the people. Put it on a ballot and see what the results are on spending millions to build a new stadium.

Here is another project that some people want government money (taxes) to be spent on that will benefit some of the people, but not the majority of the people.

A recent column compared this project to building and maintaining roads. Gasoline taxes and fees, which recently were raised, pay for the privilege to use highways that are used by most of the people, not some of the people. I agree that the government should not be for profit on projects, but it would be nice if they could. I bet the owners are seeking a profit.

I say let those who benefit bear the costs, and not the taxpayer who funds the government.


Harry Saufley
Hagerstown

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