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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 22

August 22, 2013

‘Rain tax’ is aimed at water polluters

To the editor:

Ryan Miner is trying to play head games with us. The governor has never proposed a “rain tax” or inferred that rain could be taxed. That cute choice of words is the creation of Miner’s mentors, who oppose any environmental protection that isn’t free and effortless.

The State of Maryland is attempting to tax water polluters — those who place impervious structures and materials over ground that previously had been in a natural state that was conducive to the absorption of water. Ground absorption of rain water and snow melt is God’s way of replenishing the water table from which many of you draw your domestic water supply. Without that continuing replenishment, your wells would eventually go dry.

Every impervious surface in your neighborhood removes some of that naturally occurring precipitation from the recycling process by draining it away from your water table and into our streams, rivers and bays along with a load of pollutants. New wells are continually being drilled and more impervious surfaces are being added. So maybe it’s OK for someone to consider the potential outcome of infinite building and make a plan before wells go dry and waterways are polluted beyond repair.

How will a pollution tax solve the water runoff problem, you ask? Pollution and runoff damage can be mitigated to some degree but money and effort are required. I trust that some of that fee/tax money will be spent in the right place and maybe the cost of owning impervious ground will discourage people from covering more property with asphalt and concrete.

Jim Laird
Hagerstown


Early Christians surely were not socialists

To the editor:

In his letter of Aug. 19, Thomas Rockwell used the words of scripture to compare the actions of the early Christians to that of Karl Marx’s socialism. It seems that he overlooks the importance of the opening phrase of the chapter and verse that he quotes: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind” (Acts 4:32). 

Unlike those in Marx’s socialistic state, the followers of “The Way” shared their goods and wealth lovingly and voluntarily to their fellow believers. In addition, they shared equally in the labor according to their skills. Out of love, they took care of the sick, the aged and the infirm. This is in sharp contrast to the socialistic redistribution of wealth as suggested by President Obama. 

Under the Obama (Marxist) method, the government will forcefully take the fruits of the worker’s labor and share it with able-bodied people who perform no labor at all. The idealistic dream of socialism has been tried over and over throughout history and has failed at every turn. However, the methods of the early Christians have endured for more than 2,000 years. 

Today’s true followers of Christ are the most loving and caring people in the world. Christians have provided most of the charitable giving throughout the ages, and unlike those who thrive on government handouts with little show of appreciation, most who receive a gift from the Christian heart usually respond in like kindness when the opportunity arises.

Dick Byrne
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.


Love offerings not synonymous with tax redistribution

To the editor:

This in response to an Aug. 19  letter by Thomas H. Rockwell.

Like many, Mr. Rockwell picks only that portion of scripture that serves his purpose it appears. But as Paul Harvey used to say, here is “the rest of the story.” Had Mr. Rockwell also read Acts 5:1-11, he would have found out these were voluntary gifts out of love, not a mandated contribution to the welfare of other people. Ananias and Sapphira were struck down for misrepresentation, not for keeping their money.

To put it plainly, taxes collected and redistributed by force of law is not synonymous with love gifts as taught by Jesus. Should one choose to read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-14, one would find the teaching that if one does not work neither should they eat.

In closing, it should be noted these scriptures are written to and about those who have accepted Christ and are part of His church, not to the population in general. This, however, does not preclude those of His church from giving aid to the unchurched, but again, it should be an act of love after the churched are cared for, not a mandate through taxation.

George Rogers
Waynesboro, Pa.


Once-proud city now a mess of unsightly areas

To the editor:

Approaching Hagerstown from the east on Dual Highway, at the intersection of Cannon Avenue, you will observe one example of how our once-proud city is being made a mockery. The traffic islands are weed patches. And that is not the only unsightly area.

In all areas of Hagerstown, weeds are proliferating on our sidewalks and curbs. This is just one area lacking attention. Our streets are a pattern of crazy quilts, our bridges are unsightly with rust stains and are fast deteriorating to a point of endangerment, and there are many problems with our infrastructure.

What do our public servants find important to provide? Bike paths in high traffic areas, attending seminars at vacation locations, raising salaries for themselves — the list goes on and on. Where are all those who have served us with common sense and dire needs?

Now they are going to revive our city with a baseball stadium? It is past the time for we, the concerned of the condition of our once-proud city, to pay more attention to what our elected officials are not doing, and to stop what they are doing to the detriment of the city. It seems that we have chronic problems with our elected officials on all levels — city, county and federal.

Wake up citizens, it’s later than you think. 

Tom Wilhelm
Hagerstown

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