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By LLOYD WATERS | April 14, 2013
The middle-class taxpayer, I suspect, is a little like Ichabod Crane, an honest traveler who decided one night to ride his horse through Sleepy Hollow. He disappeared into the night. Maybe Ichabod was a middle-class taxpayer. On April 15 at midnight, a ferocious headless rider will be looking for the likes of Ichabod Crane to collect the government's taxes. If you're in the middle class, you better get ready to share some coins with your favorite uncle. Why? Because no one else wants to pay income taxes.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | August 18, 2011
We became keenly aware of the threat of bigness per se when we were told that our government allotted $700 billion to keep afloat several huge financial firms. We then were told that Wal-Mart is about to build four more mammoth stores around Washington, D.C., and that it is the largest employer in the nation. Almost overnight, the Koch family became a household name, and we learned that they are one of the largest corporate conglomerates in the country. We seem to have a love affair with bigness.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | April 6, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com As Washington County begins studying rising property assessments and ways to make housing more affordable for low-income residents and senior citizens, some County Commissioners warned Tuesday that middle-income earners shouldn't be left out of the mix. Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell and Commissioner Doris J. Nipps said the middle class also are struggling to keep up with climbing housing costs....
NEWS
December 10, 1997
McCown will try to unseat Bartlett By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer FREDERICK, Md. - Calling himself a voice for the forgotten middle class, Jefferson, Md., resident Tim D. McCown today plans to launch his bid for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. McCown, a Democrat, will launch his campaign at noon in front of 309 W. Patrick St. McCown, 47, who is seeking his first elective office, said he initially planned to run for Maryland's General Assembly but opted for Congress when he saw big-name Democrats had not stepped forward to challenge the three-term Republican.
OPINION
By Allan Powell | July 6, 2011
Given the notoriety of the splendid film, "The King's Speech," relating the impediment of King George VI, Americans may not be aware of another "Speech" which attracted much less attention. A newly published book "The Speech" tells the story made on the Senate floor on Dec. 10, 2010, by Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders. Just longer than eight hours in length, this diatribe was a filibuster designed to make the whole country aware of an agreement made between President Obama and the Republican congressional leaders.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | January 13, 2011
For a long time, I have been a fan of Robert Reich, former secretary of labor and now professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He also is seen frequently on political talk shows.    Reich's recently published book, "Aftershock," is an excellent analysis of the Great Recession and is a must-read. All of the books that I have read about the latest major economic crisis have been good, but "Aftershock" ranks the highest.   Reich starts his book by characterizing our economy as a swinging pendulum that moves between periods of prosperity and recession.
NEWS
February 22, 2005
Greed with envy; corporate class wants our pensions To the editor: Wall Street Corporations contributed over $4 million to the Bush inauguration. Why? They are attempting to buy the privatization of Social Security that will make them many, many millions in commissions for buying and selling stocks and bonds involved in the privatization. If you have any doubt about which class of people runs this country, just follow the massive amount of money that is moving upward from the hands of the majority of people into the hands of the small, but powerful corporate class.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2012
Author and political scientist Charles Murray is a nationally known libertarian political scientist associated with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. His books have influenced the national dialogue about the proper role of education and social welfare in the United States. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers. His books are regularly reviewed in and national newsmagazines. He's also a local resident, living just over South Mountain in Burkittsville, Md., with his wife of almost 29 years, Catherine Bly Cox. Murray, 69, published his latest book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010," in January.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2012
Hagerstown resident William Gower did not hide his support for raising taxes on the wealthiest Maryland residents Monday. “It's long overdue,” he said. “They've been paying so little, and everybody else has been paying so much.” Gower, 48, was among Hagerstown residents who talked about the budget package that included tax increases that the Maryland House of Delegates approved Friday. He said he thought there was a serious wealth gap in the state of Maryland. “People want things to stay the same and to not have to pay their fair share,” he said.
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OPINION
August 11, 2013
Greed and envy both listed as sins To the editor: George Michael's recent column about greed takes us back to when this country, and certainly the conservative media, idolized tycoons who, in the name of greed, nearly bankrupted the United States. He equates greed with ambition. They are not synonymous. Ambition is the desire to succeed, whether that is in earning power or in creating innovation. Ambition doesn't require damaging the competition, and certainly not the customers.
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OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 14, 2013
The middle-class taxpayer, I suspect, is a little like Ichabod Crane, an honest traveler who decided one night to ride his horse through Sleepy Hollow. He disappeared into the night. Maybe Ichabod was a middle-class taxpayer. On April 15 at midnight, a ferocious headless rider will be looking for the likes of Ichabod Crane to collect the government's taxes. If you're in the middle class, you better get ready to share some coins with your favorite uncle. Why? Because no one else wants to pay income taxes.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Standing in front of a newly modified Hawker Beechcraft surveillance plane, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on Tuesday announced $43 million in federal funding recently approved by Congress devoted to outfitting two additional multirole enforcement aircraft to protect U.S. borders. Mikulski, an advocate for border patrol and protecting American jobs, told about 100 attendees inside the manufacturing facility of Sierra Nevada Corp. at Hagerstown Regional Airport that the money serves to preserve the “passport of the middle class,” helping to protect about 200 jobs in Maryland, including many of the company's 500-plus workforce locally.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 5, 2012
A representative of the Maryland governor said Wednesday that a middle-class family of four could expect to see its annual taxes increase by $2,200 if Congress doesn't act by the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff. Dana J. Thompson, director of federal relations for the Office of Gov. Martin O'Malley, told about 60 people who attended a breakfast at the Ramada Plaza hotel in Halfway that it was critically important for Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts. “If Congress doesn't act before the holidays, every family in Hagerstown's taxes will automatically go up, including 98 percent of all of those who make less than $250,000 a year, and 97 percent of small businesses that earn less than $250,000 a year,” Thompson said.
NEWS
By SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER | December 2, 2012
There is no question that our country is at the crossroads of some profoundly important budget decisions - with far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on our economy, our families and our fiscal standing as a nation. The made-up term “fiscal cliff” paints a pretty menacing picture and, in my view, is unnecessarily dramatic.  The issues we're facing are certainly very serious and they must be addressed - which is why I'm working at it full time - but our country will not come to a grinding halt on Jan. 1 if there isn't a final agreement by then.
OPINION
July 18, 2012
“You don't see very many polite teenagers anymore. I met one last night ... and his name is Colt, and he was with his mother. He was so polite to his mother, and also to me. So I'd like to say thank you, Colt, for being a good teenager.” - Boonsboro “To the caller who wonders why the police vehicles or ambulances park in the middle of the street there: They're simply retaining the right-of-way. They park there so that they have the right-of-way, for their own use. They have the right-of-way over all other vehicles on the street.” - State Line, Pa. “This call is to the Williamsport caller who says if President Obama taxes the rich people more, they will hire less; it's only normal.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2012
Author and political scientist Charles Murray is a nationally known libertarian political scientist associated with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. His books have influenced the national dialogue about the proper role of education and social welfare in the United States. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers. His books are regularly reviewed in and national newsmagazines. He's also a local resident, living just over South Mountain in Burkittsville, Md., with his wife of almost 29 years, Catherine Bly Cox. Murray, 69, published his latest book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010," in January.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2012
Hagerstown resident William Gower did not hide his support for raising taxes on the wealthiest Maryland residents Monday. “It's long overdue,” he said. “They've been paying so little, and everybody else has been paying so much.” Gower, 48, was among Hagerstown residents who talked about the budget package that included tax increases that the Maryland House of Delegates approved Friday. He said he thought there was a serious wealth gap in the state of Maryland. “People want things to stay the same and to not have to pay their fair share,” he said.
OPINION
February 3, 2012
“Let's talk about the caller from Williamsport's view on President Obama and what he has done in the past three years. Who do you think gave the declaration to Panetta to take out Osama bin Laden, and the night of the State of the Union, to rescue those two hostages held in Somalia for three months? Did you give those declarations, or did Mickey Mouse? Of course not. It was our great president. You need to wake up. I would be ashamed to be so out of touch.” - Hagerstown “This is on the president's State of the Union address.
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