Letters to the Editor - Aug. 18

August 18, 2013

What’s the next plan after the Suns are gone?

To the editor:

Looks like another big one got away and is headed elsewhere to spawn.

Yes, I am talking about the Suns. I wasn’t a big fan of a new stadium downtown, but I did think that a new stadium was needed in the area and could be financed either entirely with private funds or some minor participation by the state, county or city. However, that point looks to be moot now.

Thank you Hagerstown City Council. Thank you Washington County Commissioners. Thank you both for your decisions to make no decision. Yes, inaction IS a decision. We now may never see the next Bryce Harper or Steven Strasburg, or even Willie Mays. Willie’s first day as a professional ballplayer started right here in Hagerstown when he was playing for a visiting New Jersey team.

Yes, in 2004 Willie did say that he would return to Hagerstown when we got a new stadium. That won’t happen now. Wow, look at that. There IS another outside company who has built sports complexes before … and even with private funding. Who would have guessed. Now that plan A, B, C, and probably much of the alphabet have been discarded, what is your next plan for revitalization of the city and county?

With downtown businesses closing, the gang activity increasing and fewer police officers on the force, you will need to dig deep into your magical hats and pull out a special rabbit. Don’t let that one hop away.

Bill Reno

Stimulus was just a handout to undeserving groups

To the editor:

On Sunday Aug. 11, letter writer Anna May Strite says “democracy will work.” I believe her heart is in the right place, but her  “facts” are wrong.

“Why all this fuss about socialism,” she asks? Well socialism has never worked wherever it has been tried. The stimulus money went to big banks, public sector unions, and state and local union workers to shore up their grossly underfunded pension plans.

Washington, D.C., got more stimulus money per capita than any other state. We were told that the stimulus was to build roads and bridges. It apparently did not, because the administration is asking for more to do the very same thing. All told, more than 75 percent of stimulus grants and money for such “businesses” found its way to big Obama supporters.

We didn’t bail out the auto industry. GM and Chrysler received funds and GM has yet to pay it back. Ford, Nissan, Toyota, VW, Mercedes Benz, BMW, all manufacturing in the U.S., did not receive funding because they operate their business in a responsible manner. GM was rewarded for their mismanagement and their labor unions were given shares in the company.

Social Security is approaching bankruptcy because of gross mismanagement by the government. The U.S. government was never intended to help with health care. We are a free people and are supposed to be responsible for our own care-taking. However, the biggest fallacy in her letter is that the United States is NOT a democracy. We are a representative republic. Democracy is mob rule. We are not that and do not want that. I suggest people read the U.S. Constitution to educate themselves of what our government is established to do and, more importantly, what it is not.

Marc Scott

Learning to wear seatbelt is worth the effort

To the editor:

It seems hardly a day goes by that we don’t see an article about another automobile accident, often with the consequence of serious injuries or death. It’s clearly not possible to eliminate all accidents or all injuries in accidents. But it clearly is possible to lessen the probability of either of these eventualities if the driver and all passengers in all cars availed themselves of the seat/shoulder belts in all cars these days.

At first, it might seem restricting to do so, but one will get used to them very quickly and, if you are wearing one when you are in an accident, whether of not it’s your fault, you’ll be glad you are, especially if it’s one of the new three-point belts that combine a lap belt with a shoulder restraint.

I used to officiate in sport-car racing and witnessed many incidents where one would expect the possibility of serious injuries to the drivers, only to find they suffered nothing more than significant than a bit of bouncing around and perhaps a few bruises, because their belts held them safely in place.

Any inconvenience associated with the use of a belt is soon forgotten. Try it for a week and I’m sure the only problem you might have will be to remember to use it and, if you’re faithful, that will quickly go away and you’ll get to the point where you’ll feel strange to not wear one.

Ed Ver Hoef

Sequestration will seriously damage our defense

To the editor:

Our national security could be in jeopardy if the $500 billion in sequestration defense cuts are implemented. Our military had to absorb $80 billion in prior cuts and is now cutting $487 billion over 10 years to comply with the Budget Control Act.

The $487 billion in cuts translates into the Army reducing its forces by 80,000 soldiers over the next five years. The Marines will cut 20,000 troops. Other cuts include early retirement of ships with the possibility of having 11 carrier battle groups instead of the 12 needed; the retirement of the Air Force A-10 Warthog aircraft; and the possible closure of our only tank production facility in Lima, Ohio.

These cuts are occurring while leaving the Pentagon’s civilian workforce of 750,000 unscathed. If the additional $500 billion in sequestration cuts are implemented, over 1 million civilian full-time jobs with contractors, sub-contractors and ancillary businesses will be lost. The unemployment rate could increase 0.5% to 1.0% and the U.S. Gross Domestic Product could decrease by $85 billion. The Obama Administration and Congress have to find other ways to reduce the deficit without adversely impacting our national defense.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, N.H.

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