Letters to the editor - Saturday (3-2-2013)

  • Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 12:12 a.m.

Article on sequestration resorted to scare tactics

Fear reporting by biased reporters without proof or facts does not belong in the Salisbury Post, or in any other newspaper or media. I refer specifically to the Feb. 28 front-page article titled “Services on the Line? Where is the proof that the Health Department, the Family Crisis Council and Meals On wheels could be negatively affected from the so called sequestration initiated by the White House Administration?

You want us to believe that our poor, unemployed and others will suffer severe hardship if sequestration happens. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s plenty of fat in the federal government that can be cut without any impact on entitlements. Eliminate fraud, duplication of services, and waste like the $179,750 it costs per hour to fly the president on Air Force One all over on his numerous campaign trips. Sequestration calls for cutting a little over 2 percent in government spending, which continually increases. It won’t cut current spending; it cuts future spending.

Every working American citizen is now getting by with a 2 percent cut in income as a result of the increase in Social Security tax. If we can survive a 2 percent cut, so can the government. But the liberals, who want more spending are spreading “the world will end” garbage to frighten everyone, especially those dependent on government. It’s pure hog wash. We are being lied to by the White House and liberal media.

What happened to honest journalism and reporting? Where are the unbiased reporters who report nothing but the truth, not dishonest propaganda? I wish I knew. As to the referenced article, Meals on Wheels would not be affected, as it does not receive any federal, or even state, funding. The article was incorrect in its implication that it could be affected by the sequestration.

— Donald Schumacher


Editor’s note: The Post corrected the information about the Rowan Meals on Wheels program in Friday’s paper and in online editions after the error was pointed out by the MOW director. Meals on Wheels programs in other areas have said they could be affected by sequestration’s across-the-board cuts, and the local director was not available to speak to the reporter as the story was being written. The article’s description of the potential impact on other local agencies and services was based on information from the agencies concerned.

Blame culture, not guns

I’m glad I have resubscribed to the Post. However, I don’t understand why you give so much space to people who write forever and say nothing. We don’t have a gun problem; we have a culture problem, and most of it has been caused by the federal government.

— Delmar McDaniel


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