Cumberland Times-News


December 13, 2012

It’s time for clarity and fact, not political ravings


Beck, Limbaugh, and FOX continue their rant against government social services. 
Escaping obscurity, Sarah Palin blogs that “socialist programs” have become a “communist” agenda. Paul Ryan still insists that the lazy “47 percent” are “takers” draining our Nation’s resources.
It is said that the best editorial letters are clever narratives linking commentary with witticism or personal story; capture, entertain, and then surprise the reader with a political left hook — gotcha!
No. Now it is time for clarity and fact. Simply put, the following is from non-political sources.
 Dr. Emmanuel Saez, UC, researcher for U.S. Census, says “93 percent of national income goes to 1 percent of the population.
 Center for Labor Management at Northeast University: “37 percent of Young American families with high school diplomas and employment are living in poverty.”
Congressional Research Service:
1. The bottom 50 percent of the nation holds 1 percent of the wealth.
2. One of six Americans lives in poverty.
3. The U.S. is 73rd in global income.
 U.S. Census Office: 45.1 million Americans receive Food Stamps.
 Regions receiving the most food stamp subsidies are: entire Appalachian region, Mississippi Delta region, all of the Deep South, and Texas to boarder lines.
With great worry about rising beef prices, last February McDonald’s stated that the “$1 Meal” was to become a thing of the past. This December, McDonald’s announced a net yearly profit of 100 percent. The Associated Press reports that most workers at McDonald’s do not make a salary supporting a family beyond the poverty level.
Individuals/families serving in the military at the second year of E-6 ranking are eligible for food stamps and assistance, as they are at or below the poverty level. (
Sadly, at the same time, there are those abusing the system. UPI reports of some Appalachian families encourage children to fail in school in order to retain student disability funding. 

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  • It’s a secret It’s a secret

    Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
    A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?

    Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.

    April 17, 2014

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 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

  • Speed cameras Speed cameras

    We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Group wants status quo on Sunday hunting

    Many Maryland residents have grown very concerned about two legislative bills that are arriving on the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley after being approved by both the Senate and House chambers this session. With the governor’s possible signature of these bills into law, hunting would be allowed on certain state lands on Sundays — a day in the past reserved for rest and non-hunters to enjoy public lands.

    April 10, 2014