Sunday, November 02, 2008

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It is November. On Tuesday we go to the polls in one of the most important elections in our nation's history. We think there is far more at stake than in most other elections past.

Whatever your political bent, please VOTE.

For President: We endorse Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for President and Vice President. We believe McCain's lifetime of service and experience gives him the resume to do what is needed to rescue this nation from the perils in which we now find ourselves. Economics, foreign wars, and threats from terrorism are posing dangerous situations that change daily. We do not want the nation in the hands of someone who has never been a mayor, governor, or anything else with executive or military responsibility. In fact, we believe Sarah Palin to be more qualified for President than Barrack Obama. Finally, we could never back a man who refuses to place his hand on his heart during the Pledge to the Flag, and won't wear an American Flag on his lapel because " is divisive, and an international symbol of oppression...". Pal, if you have that opinion of our national emblem, you not only do not deserve to be president, you probably should not even live here. Obama's third world upbringing has influenced his mind into a third world mindset. Such a person would lead us into the third world. No thanks. I'll take a war hero and a Moose shooting mother with values anyday over someone who harbors ill feelings about his own country.

For State Attorney General: No doubt about it, Tom Corbett has done the job; let's re-elect him.

For Auditor General: Chet Beiler

For State Treasurer: Tom Ellis

For US Congress from the 19th District: The Honorable Todd Russell Platts, friend of the Veterans, and a man of storng convictions that influence his votes. His "No" vote on the first bailout package was backed by common sense [who wants to go 700 trillion dollars into debt to Communist China?]. Todd Platts has supported the military, and the Veterans. He has made many trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and reports back that things are so much better in Iraq now that the surge has worked [zero US military deaths in October!]. Vote for Todd Platts!

For State Senate in the 33rd District: Rich Alloway. We must retain Republican Control in the state Senate.

For Representative in the General Assembly from the 91st District, Dan Moul. Dan has done a fantastic job after the 14 years of ideleness from his predecessor. Dan is exerting leadership talents in the PA House and has gained a lot of respect. Dan is one of the true good guys. We do not always agree on things, but his heart, and mind are both in the right place. Vote for Dan Moul.

For Representative in the 193rd District, Will Tallman! The Republicans need his seat.

A note here: We are endorsing an all Republican ticket because of the belief that if the national government becomes all Democratic we will be in one huge mess from which it will take decades to extricate ourselves, and locally, we must undo the many ugly excesses of the Rendell administration. Rendell has abused the state's civil service employees, and ruined many good projects by playing games with the finances of various departments. He is also the man who brought you gambling, the promised benefits of which have yet to be felt. Frankly, he is simply a dishonest politician.

Finally there are two ballot questions:

The first is a bond issue for $10,000,000. The money is to be used for the preservation of land and water resources in Adams County. We go on record here of opposing this measure now because of so many unanswered questions about the campaign supporting the bond. Too much money was spent on the advertising to support it, and in the face of an invisible opponent no less. When a town hall meeting was called they consortium made two blunders, the first of which was not allowing an open mike on the floor for question...they had to be submitted in advance [which means they were selectively edited for content...that is, censored.], and they chose as their moderator one of the most pro-development editors around, B.J. Small. Two reasons to confirm our first impression when getting the expensive and slickly produced ads in the mail, sometimes three a day. No, this one is full of smoke and mirrors. Some consortium members may actually believe in what they are doing, but we see the possibility that money for the preservation of water resources in Adams County, which should also go toward the clean up of what has already flowed down stream into the Chesapeake Bay, could also be used for the construction of a pipeline to bring Susquehanna River water to central Adams County. What better way to preserve our water sources than to reduce the dependence on them? Also, in the current economic situation, even a small fee like $24 per year increase in taxes can have a detrimental effect on the tax payer, who is already overburdened by tax hike at all levels especially for a overblown football stadium that will emperil wetlands behind the high school. Vote NO on the Land Preservation Bond. Perhaps the consortium should try this again in a much more open fashion in two years.

Hand in hand with the local bond issue is a mammoth state bond issue of $400,000,000 for the "acquisition, construction, improvement, expansion, extension, repair, or rehabilitation of drinking water systems, storm water and nonpoint source projects, nutrient credits [bay cleanupo], and wastewater treatment plants."

All of the above is to aid in the construction of housing and commercial/industrial developments around the state. Your dollars will go for a new mall in Philadelphia, or a new sewage treatment plant for a new housing development out in Bedford...or right here in Cumberland or Straban Township. Again, economically, now is not the time, and we think much of the above should fall on the developers. They should foot the bill for ALL infrastructure improvements required by their new construction and development activities. [We bought our house almost ten years ago. It is no longer the same Adams County it was then. We certainly do not want our tax dollars used to make life easier and richer for some developers. We are not against development, we are against the massive development being forced on Adams County.]And, frankly, wqe cannot afford the additional tax burden this would place on us.

Vote NO on the Water and Sewer Improvements Referendum.

Conbsider your votes carefully on Tuesday. The fate of the nation, the state, and the county rides on the outcome. Whatever you do, make sure your VOTE! [But only once, please, for all you ACORN Registrants!]


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