Readers Respond

August 20, 2009

Delegate Cardin was arrogant and should resign

What arrogance Delegate Cardin has!! He saw nothing wrong with using tax funded police services for his personal use. This is a prime example of what our representatives do with our tax dollars, wasting our money for their pleasure.

It is time for us to Delegate Cardin to resign. His political career should now end. He belongs in jail as punishment for stealing from Baltimore City. I hope your paper will print the dollar amount that he repays the city plus a fine.

Ruth Goetz, Baltimore

Cuts to Medicare make proposed plan unmanageable

In his "Commentary" Dr. John Burton failed to discuss the future of Medicare when three to five hundred billion dollars will be cut from the program under the proposed health plans. All of these planned cuts are just in time for the avalanche of "baby boomers" applying for Medicare. Just what does Dr. Burton think is going to happen to patient care then? More patients and less funding mean limited benefits and restricted care as far as I can understand. Perhaps he knows something the rest of us don't. Dr. Burton should give the complete picture when he is promoting this proposed health care plans.

Anne McCloskey, Towson

Anti-tax ideology indicates a selfish platform

Republican Anthony J. O'Donnell - the House Minority Leader in the Maryland General Assembly - was recently quoted as saying "taxes bad" (Baltimore Sun, August 12). This enlightened statement, along with the red-faced, screaming town hall protesters, the anti-tax tea parties, and my daily news from economist and medical expert Glenn Beck, has convinced me that - although we pay very little in taxes compared to most other developed nations - taxes are the work of the devil and must come to an end.

The following should be done immediately, because "taxes bad": Disband the military and all police departments; Layoff all firefighters and public librarians; Close all public schools and universities; Stop all social security and Medicare payments; Fire all correctional and parole officers, and release all prisoners; Bulldoze all courthouses and tell every judge, public defender, and prosecutor that their services are no longer required. National Parks? They're ugly and wasteful, and should be sold to developers.

As a symbolic gesture of our country's new "taxes bad" direction, we should tear up all highways and roads, dismantle all bridges, and throw them in a huge (non-publicly funded) landfill with public transportation buses and trains. This trash heap will be our new national symbol.

Can't afford health insurance? Um, duh, go away and die. Just don't take my money!

Come on America! Take back YOUR country and don't let YOUR money be taken from YOU to pay for such ridiculous things as health care for soldiers who fought for YOUR freedom or teachers who instruct YOUR children how to read and write! It's evil and wasteful! Chant our new national slogan with me: "Me, me, me...mine, mine, mine!"

Brent McKee, Arnold

Officials can't handle stimulus money, much less health care

Reading the news papers can be confusing. On one page the President is promoting his National Health Plan telling us that the government will do a better job of managing our affairs than we as individuals can do and in the same paper one reads that the Cash for Clunkers program is not working as some dealers are waiting to be paid and money may be running short. Where is the planning? So our leaders now want to begin a new much larger program when they can not get the older, and smaller one, up and running. I think the American people should think about this.

T. B. Shettle, Timonium

Parker missed the mark on faith-based bias column

Kathleen Parker ("Taking the president on faith," Aug. 19) wonders why President Obama gets "a pass," as she puts it, on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Initiatives, whereas former President Bush was accused of "trying to install a caliphate."

There are two reasons why the response to the two presidents' actions has been different, both of which Parker seems ignorant of. First, after nine years, it is clear that no "caliphate" or "theocracy" (the two terms she uses) has arisen, but second, and even more importantly, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 decided the program was constitutional under current First Amendment principles concerning the separation of church and state (Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation).

Both of these tremendously diffused the issue. Maybe a bit more digging on Parker's part would be an important step for her to take in her next column about such matters.

Jack Fruchtman, Towson The writer is the director of the Program in Law and American Civilization at Towson University

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