In over 30 years of reading the Times-News I cannot remember a blitz as intense as the letters to the editor that Senators Cardin and Mikulski have bombarded us with in the past year.

Not being as intellectually gifted as our legislators, I can only rely on common sense to consider their letters on recently enacted or proposed legislation, along with other issues of the day.

Common sense says that if someone has to keep selling and selling something that most people don’t want, we might question the motivation of the seller and the quality of the merchandise.

Common sense has us think back to the hard sell of con man Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” offering imaginary musical instruments to gullible people.

Common sense says you don’t buy a pig in a poke. But our representatives essentially tell us they “…have to pass the (Health Care) bill so you can find out what is in it.” How can anyone forget that statement?

Sure enough, we got all 2,000 or so pages of that mess and it provides new surprises every week or so. It reminds one of buying Cracker Jacks for the unknown prize in the box.

Well, not exactly, but it feels as though we are repeatedly told to buy that box of Cracker Jacks. Unfortunately, it is the difference between a child’s treat and the future of our country.

 Too many of our legislators don’t trust us with all of the facts before they make their decisions, perhaps because they view us as children who must be told what is good for us. Perhaps they have something to hide.

Irish poet John Harold Hewitt had some common sense when he wrote the following: “Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong.”

 Senators: your words ring hollow; we are not children, we are citizens; and many of us do not trust you.

 Patrick Brady


React to this story:


Trending Video