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April 7, 2013

We don’t dare disagree with those in power

I think your editorial, “Muzzled: Citizen’s right to speak violated by commissioners” (March 20 Times-News), was spot on.

It never ceases to amaze me at how our elected officials promise to listen to “the people” while campaigning for their positions, but once elected, they become arrogant and rude when it comes to allowing us to utilize our First Amendment rights.

This entire state has become a clear example of tyrannical, oppressive, and socialistic-based reasoning. Starting with Gov. Martin O’Malley down to county and local elected officials, there appears to an imposed “gag order” on anyone who disagrees with the opinion of those in power.

I stood in line in Annapolis for more than 10 hours to provide verbal testimony regarding my opposition to the proposed gun control bills.

I signed up early that morning, but was never afforded the right to give my testimony. Why? Over 500 people signed up to speak against any changes in the gun laws in Maryland.

About 75 people had signed up in favor of stricter and, in my opinion, laws that are totally misaligned with the Second Amendment of the Constitution.  Guess what? Those in favor were heard, while only about 30 percent of those opposed were given an opportunity to present their case.

Whatever happened to majority rules? Well, in Maryland it has a special meaning. This state is overwhelmingly lopsided, as Baltimore City/County registers a great number of people receiving “public assistance” and they tend to vote for any agenda of the Democratic Party.

I myself am a registered Democrat, but I have not, nor will I ever vote solely based on party lines. As a matter of fact, I am considering registering as an Independent, as neither party appears to speak for my morals and values.

My paternal grandfather was encouraged to run for elected office in Cambria County, Pa. He refused. He said that he had never been “bought off” by any human being and he planned to stay that way. He chose to follow his Christian beliefs instead of seeking approval from men.

I thank God every day that my father followed my grandfather’s example. I would rather follow the rule of God than the rule of fallible human beings. In the end, I will reside in eternity with the only just and perfect government, ruled by Christ, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I feel truly sorry for those who have proclaimed themselves to be God. I assure you, their eternal home will not a pleasant place.

On a final note, I would like to send a personal message to our governor: Thanks for abolishing the death penalty while creating a huge vulnerability for law-abiding citizens. Thanks for giving a “green light” to those same types of criminals by reducing our ability to defend ourselves.

You just sent a clear message to murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and burglars that, not only can they take a life without fear of having theirs taken, but you invite them to break into our homes because we won’t have much of a chance to protect ourselves.

I’m going to assume that by your extension of life sentences, my taxes will also be raised to accommodate these criminals’ room and board, medical care, and “rehabilitation.”

However, I am in the process of making a move to Pennsylvania, where you are still allowed your freedoms under the Constitution. I might apply for a “permit to carry,” in case any of your “lifers” escapes to Pennsylvania.

Renae Bloss

Cumberland

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    What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
    I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.

    April 16, 2014

  • H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June

    Let me introduce myself. My name is Francine Kraft and I am the Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator for 2014.
    With a team of seven others, we have put together a rally for June 19-22 to be held in Cumberland.

    April 16, 2014

  • Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking

    I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.

    April 16, 2014

  • Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for

    The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”),  I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.

    April 16, 2014

  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
    When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

  • Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.

    Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is  especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
    what we are up against, little to no support.

    April 13, 2014

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

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