Letters to the Editor, June 28
Is it more acceptable for Democrats to sin?
To the editor:
I read an article written by Dan Balz of the Washington Post about the downfall and total demise of the entire Republican Party as a result of the infidelity and illicit affair of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford after he made public the sordid details of his indiscretion and stood before America shedding crocodile tears.
The article ran on and on with the usual bombasts at anything or anybody that remotely resembles being Republican. However, what really had me in uncontrollable gales of laughter is the analysis by Balz that since most Republicans are of the right wing leaning and thus strict moralists and bible-thumpers, then apparently it is twice as foreboding and sinful for a Republican to go astray and cheat on their spouses than it is for Democrats.
Am I correctly interpreting this doggerel as indicative that Democrats are just as guilty of breaking their marriage vows as Republicans but since they are of the liberal bent, and perhaps not as influenced by Christian principles or high moral standards then it is perfectly acceptable for them to sin? I always did suspicion this was the case.
Poor Dan extinguished his own noble torch and the halo fell from his head when he published a list of previous spouse-cheating governors in his article.
There it was, in bold print before my unbelieving eyes: Five cheating Democrat governors versus one Republican. I can only conclude that it's not only the Presidency and Congress that the Democrats are carrying in the majority.
Charles David Sliger,
Trash should be put into receptacles
To the editor:
I walk around Never Rest Park every morning. After softball on Saturday morning the grounds were covered with paper, water bottles, etc. Much of it was within five feet of a trash barrel. It's bad enough to be a slob, but raising slobs is worse.
Taxpayers should rebel against freeloaders
To the editor:
I often wonder whether the taxpaying people ever notice how prevalent the food stamp program has gotten. The recipients don't have food stamps as such nowadays, but they have what appears to be a credit card which has the American Flag printed on it.
There is certainly a place for this program, but I have no doubts that the majority of those receiving benefits are the ones who really need them. I am all in favor if helping the elderly who can't get by without them, the truly disabled, and those who work hard on jobs where the pay isn't enough to buy necessities.
One night my wife and I were shopping at a local grocery store, and we noticed the couple in front of us. They had a grocery cart full of expensive items, mostly being prepared foods. Both of these people had jewelry hanging from their necks and wrists, and they were fashionably dressed. Both had cell phones and they were not the cheap ones. Before they reached the counter, one of them told the other they had forgotten the filet mignon. The one who went after the steaks came back with a large package of filet mignon.
Most of us who pay for our own groceries don't buy filet mignon, but this couple letting others pay their bill was eating the best steaks the store had to offer. There was no one holding back for them because I'm sure they felt they deserved the best at someone else's expense. Their total charge was more than $200 and here came the card with the flag on it. All free groceries for them.
Similar things happen every day. I think there are entire families who expect the taxpayers to take care of them from cradle to grave. This has likely happened with their families ever since the food program began.
I'm fed up with those of us who pay taxes being forced to pay for the lazy people who would not work if they had 50 job offers. One day, in the not too distant future, those of us who pay for everything are going to rebel against this bunch of freeloaders. When we finally do get enough, those people getting all of the public assistance had better be prepared to go to work. The day is coming when they either go to work or do without food. It's about time.
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