Responds to letter to editor
To the editor:
I write in response to the erudite letter of December 1, entitled One Party Rule, by William Eardley. I do wish I had his impressive ability for detail and recall, as to how the Affordable Health Care law was passed. However, if any traditions were twisted in the passage of this law, might it be because there have roadblocks placed in Pres. Obama's path since the very day he came into office, rendering it impossible for things to be passed any other way?
Mr. Eardley, I see and understand the fear that underlies your anger. Things are changing in this country; the traditional rule by the rich caucasian male may be a thing of the past. Perhaps you are afraid that we are trending toward socialism in some ways. If this is the case, I would only ask you to acknowledge that we have been living in a state of quasi-socialism ever since we started giving taxpayer assistance in the form of corporate subsidies. To extend this to those who now need it the most seems to be something that we must now do, else the bottom will fall out of our entire country and way of life. But more importantly, it is just the right thing to do.
Please acknowledge that you, as a taxpayer, are already subsidizing health care for the needy in the form of emergency room treatment for the less fortunate. Perhaps you're not aware just how much an emergency room will charge for the administration of a couple aspirin? Would it not make more financial sense for us to pay for a $100 doctor visit than an ER visit of $5,000 ER for treatment for a case of the flu?
Sir, I don't know if you are a churchgoer or not. I like to make decisions like these based on my idea of what the Nazarene would do in like circumstances. Would he come down on the side of corporate subsidy, ignoring the least of his brothers and their needs? I leave that question to you, your conscience, and your knowledge of the Great One. If we are churchgoers, let us walk our talk and act as Christians, and let us love our brothers as ourselves. You will feel better for it, your heart will soften, and fear and anger will no longer glow from between your words. Love will glow in its place.
Best wishes to you, and a very Merry Christmas.
Why did they sacrifice?
To the editor:
Virtually every day since Dec. 7, 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of an American making the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.
Since the war and associated deaths continued until September 1945, these anniversaries will continue until September 2015. Pearl Harbor (2,386), Guadalcanal (1,592), Sicily (2237), Normandy (29,000), Saipan (2,949), Battle of the Bulge (19,000), and Okinawa (12,500) just to name a few places where thousands of Americans lost their lives.
Why did they do it? What cause was more important to them than life itself?
Did they do it so the government could ignore personal property rights to steal from one American to give to another? So the government could pick winners and losers squandering billions of hard earned tax payer dollars on pie-in-the-sky environmental initiatives and corporate subsidies? So the government could tell private bank institutions that they must loan money to people who do not have the financial ability to repay the loan? So the Federal Reserve could use their printing presses to make our currency worthless?
Did they do it so the government could ignore the rule of law and all those who have waited years to immigrate legally to give amnesty to illegal aliens? So the government could trash our First Amendment right to free speech by legislating arbitrary hate speech laws, use political correctness to impede our ability to freely express ourselves, and allow Universities to create speech codes defining what speech will be allowed on campus?
Did they do it to allow the government not only to force you to buy a product but tell you what product you must buy? To infringe upon your right to bear arms that the Second Amendment states shall not be infringed? So government monopoly schools can indoctrinate your children with political propaganda and fail to teach them the principles this country was founded upon? So the alphabet soup of regulatory agencies; ADA, CPSC, EPA, EEOC, FTC, FDA, ICC, NLRB, OSHA, SEC; can tell you how to run your life and your business through 70,000 pages of IRS tax code, 15,000 pages and counting of Obamacare, and the 2,300 page Dodd-Frank bill just to name a few?
No, none of these, they gave their lives for something called freedom! The freedom to conduct our affairs as we please without government interference; the freedom from wealth redistribution and government control of our private property; the ability to think and speak freely and associate with those of our own choosing.
How do we know this? It is simple. The America of today resembles Germany of the 40s (except for the Holocaust) more than it resembles America of the 40s. Nazi is the common reference to the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Nazi Germany was a big government, top down, autocracy much like we are experiencing from our federal government today. American soldiers and sailors were fighting against the very thing that America has become.
The Nazis regulated and controlled every aspect of the Germans' lives. Having said that, I challenge you to think of anything in your life our government doesn't regulate.
The Nazis were aware that education would cultivate a loyal following for Hitler and create loyal Nazis. They took control of the education system to indoctrinate the Nazi youth to follow the National Socialist principles much like our leftist teachers' unions have gained control of and utilizes our public education system.
The Nazi regime inflated the money supply as the means of financing the vast increase in government spending required by its programs of public works and subsidies. Hitler would be jealous of our $17 trillion national debt and the additional $85 billion the Federal Reserve creates out of thin air every month.
November 19th was the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address. The last passage from that speech states: "that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
We, a century and a half later, need to consider these words very carefully and examine how we have allowed the politicians and their ilk to destroy our country and the ideals it was founded upon. These brave men gave their lives to defend our country, Constitution, and the principles they stand for. Not to allow a group of narcissistic politicians to "fundamentally change" it into a socialist nightmare.
Thanks for backing 'Music for Mark'
To the editor:
We would like to give thanks to the people involved in organizing the "Music For Mark" benefit that was held Nov. 3 at the Salem VFW. Musicians, friends and family came together on this amazing day.
A heartfelt thank you goes to Cindi Farina, Norm Shaw, Janie Shaw and Doug Brannon for all of your time and effort in organizing this special event. It will never be forgotten.
Thank you to Pattie Hood, Shirley Barnett, Janice Yancurak Solomon and Linda Farina for your help behind the scenes and at the benefit. It is greatly appreciated.
Also thank you to the Salem VFW for sharing your club and donating food. Thanks Jim Spack and Jerry Vona for all of your time spent in the kitchen and to Kim, Nicki, Cody and Heather for your hard work at the bar.
Thanks to the bands that donated their time: Dave Morgan, Soul Purpose, Mr. Lucky, Free Wheelin', Save Yourself, Breezeway, Ruckus, Old Goats Band, Tongue n Groove, Stormy Weather, Road Dogs and Gordon James Blues Band. Thank you Kathy Boswell for playing bagpipes. Thanks Denny Wright and Tom Spack for backing up Mark. Also a special thanks to Fast Freddie who made a surprise guest appearance!
To Lisa Gallagher and Eric Linebaugh, thanks for capturing the images of the day on video and photos. Also to Leon Gettings for donating and doing sound. To Tony Chirchiglia, Jerry Centifanti and Steve Hreen for donating your equipment and spending the entire day making sure everything was just right.
Also thanks to the businesses and individuals for donating to the Chinese auction and to Artists At Work for donating the T-shirts. Also to Mason's Steakhouse for helping provide the meal.
It is overwhelming how many people came together to host this benefit. If we missed someone we are very sorry. The money raised will help a great deal with medical expenses.
Words can't express how much we appreciate the thoughtfulness of all the people involved. It was wonderful to see so many friends and loved ones in one place. The love and support that was felt in the room that day was inspiring! The music was great. The talent remarkable! It was truly a magical day!
and SABRINA HARDING,