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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 7

August 07, 2013

Nation has total disregard for ‘economy’

To the editor:

The definition of the word “economy” is the careful management of resources (workers and materials) to avoid unnecessary expenditure or waste; sparing, restrained or efficient use; system of interrelationship of money industry and employment in a country.

For example, the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials were constructed at a cost for labor and materials of $3 million each. The $22 million salary of NFL quarterback Drew Brees is for only one year and doesn’t include any material.

The Golden Gate Bridge costs of labor and materials was $37 million. More than 3,000 workers were used to build the Empire State Building in 1930.

The cost of both labor and materials to construct the eighth wonder of the world in record time (15 months) and under budget was $41 million. When we practiced economy in the 1930s, we could afford to build the Golden Gate Bridge, plus the world’s tallest building (at that time) for the same “income” of Tiger Woods for one year ($78 million).

It took 20 years to build the Lincoln Tunnel at a cost of $85 million.

By outlawing economy and enacting inflated pay raises, salaries and alleged “benefits,” we have successfully bankrupted some of our cities and created a national debt of $16 trillion as a result of our total disregard for the “economy.”

In 2012, we paid 10 American athletes $543.1 million for playing games rather than working.

That is more than three times the amount of money in one single year than was spent by this nation for labor and materials to build the Washington and Lincoln memorials, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Lincoln Tunnel.

Jim Thompson
Chambersburg, Pa.


Kump is wise choice for delegate

To the editor:

The election of our delegates and representatives in 2014 is probably the most important election for America and Americans. Check out the candidates before you vote.

Do we want to shut down our coal industry? Do we want the EPA and President Obama mandating such harsh regulations that small businesses have to close down and let go of their valued employees? Do we want government surveillance of and intrusion into our lives? Do we accept the inexorable and exorbitant taxes? Do we want to lose our Second Amendment right to bear arms?

This is why I highly recommend Larry D. Kump for delegate. I will be voting for him. He is a man of his word, a man of honor. Our issues are his issues. He submits bills that support us, support lowering taxes and support small businesses, and he works to protect our constitutional rights and liberties.

Stephanie Robinson
Martinsburg, W.Va.


Some questions to ask about the death penalty

To the editor:

There is talk of getting up a petition so that Maryland will again have the death penalty. There are a lot of arguments on both sides of the issue, but I have not seen a lot of research.

There are certainly three areas that can be studied in deciding whether or not the death penalty is effective.

1. In the desert areas along the United States border with Mexico, authorities and others have found more than 1,000 bodies of people who died of natural causes while trying to reach the United States. This is a case of people who were trying to get into the country illegally and were given the death penalty, by nature, for their efforts. Once other potential illegal immigrants realized they might suffer the death penalty for trying to cross through the desert, why did they keep trying to do it? In this case, the death penalty is not working very well. 

2. Massachusetts does not have a death penalty. What studies have been done of the jailed people who probably would have been sentenced to death had there been a death penalty in Massachusetts? Have interviews been conducted with them to find out how many of them would not have committed the crimes had there been a death penalty?

3. Texas leads the nation in executions. What interviews have been done with the people there who are on death row to find out what additions to the death penalty would have deterred them? Since various government officials have stated that waterboarding is not torture, perhaps death row inmates in Texas could be asked if the knowledge that upon receiving a death penalty sentence they would first undergo daily waterboarding for a period of perhaps three to six months.

Carefully controlled scientific interviews of people facing the death penalty might help shed light on the effectiveness of the death penalty as a deterrent to murder. If we have no data relating to the effectiveness of the death penalty, then arguments about it are simply opinionated discussions unrelated to documented realities.

Russell F. Williams
Hagerstown


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