Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 19, 2012

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Obama talked more, but didn't offer anything new

Re: "Obama returns fire in second presidential debate," Oct. 17

On the heels of his timid performance in the first presidential debate, President Obama proved that he could get angry during the second. But all he did was regurgitate a litany of failed policies, including his demonic intention to suppress religious freedom in America through Obamacare.

CNN moderator Candy Crowley tried desperately to get Obama back in the game by repeatedly stifling Mitt Romney's early rebuttals, so much so that by the halfway mark, Obama had amassed a stunning 6-minute lead in talking time.

However, even this was not enough to help Obama put a dent in the more presidential-looking Romney, who has the right stuff to restore economic prosperity and spiritual hope to all Americans.

Paul Kokoski

Hamilton, Ontario

Canada

Ballot question will curb eminent domain abuse

Re: "In Virginia, vote "YES" on Question 1," Local Editorial, Oct. 16

Thank you for supporting Question 1, which will appear on the Virginia ballot. During a busy election season, this very important measure has flown virtually under the radarin spite of its critical importance.

Early settlers came to American in the quest for property rights, and this constitutional promise continues to attract people to our shores.A cornerstone of our democratic freedoms, property rights must be carefully safeguarded from the whims of government officials seeking to abuse their authority.When the exercise of eminent domain is necessary, it is in everyone's best interest that just compensation be paid for the loss of private property.

Local government officials say Question 1 will increase thecost of land for necessary roads, bridges and other public projects. But they overlook the lessons learned by the town of New London, Conn. After the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision let the city take private property on the notion that a proposed Pfizer research lab would bring in more revenue, Pfizer pulled the plug on the project. The property is now a proverbial black hole and of little economic value to anyone.

This is the sort of abuse that Question 1 seeks to prevent.

Nancy Almasi

Alexandria

Casino means new jobs, revenue for Maryland

Re: "Battles over ballot issues flooded by out-of-state funds," Oct. 14

If Question 7 on the Maryland ballot is approved, MGM Grand will build a Las Vegas-style casino at National Harbor, which will also become a destination for entertainment and gourmet food. The construction and operation of the complex will provide many needed jobs in Maryland.

Penn National Gaming Inc. -- which owns Hollywood Casinos in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania -- spent more than $18 million for countless TV ads to influence Maryland voters to vote "No" on Question 7.Their Facebook page and websitealso argue that there is no guarantee that the money promised for school funding would increase, or that Maryland residents would get the jobs.

But Penn National also owns Rosecroft Raceway, which is soon slated to get slot machines.The fact that Rosecroft is less than three miles from National Harbor is worrisome to them, as it would affect the profitability of the already cash-strapped racetrack. Penn National is single-handedly funding this fight not because they care about Maryland, but because they do not want the competition.

Let's keep our money here in Maryland and stop giving it to Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Susan Beckwell

Bowie

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