Volume 12, Issue 5 ~ January 29-February 4, 2004

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We welcome your letters and opinions. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to us at editor@bayweekly.com.

Reader’s Big Question: Is J.A. Hoage Just a Republican Hater?

Dear Bay Weekly:
This is a response to J.A. Hoage’s letter “2004’s Big Question” [Vol. XII, No. 3, Jan. 8]. It seems to me that Mr. Hoage is just a Republican hater.

It seems you are from the same state as I am. This is the state that had the former governor who’s nickname was Glenspending, and Steny Hoyer who is idolized by all Democrats, as the ultimate Tax-Tax, Spend-Spend Democrat.

My philosophy in life is not to be taxed to death. First, some of the tax breaks that President Bush provided did in fact put more money in my pocket, probably yours too. I am not rich. Should I give that money back? I think not.

When are people like you going to get off this kick of tax breaks to the rich? The rich have more because most — not all — earned it. They do not bury it in the ground or hide it in a safe. They either spend it or invest it, both of which stimulate the economy.

Next let’s go to slots. There is a big kick for slots in Maryland. About 60 percent of Marylanders want slots, first to keep money from hemorrhaging out of the state, second to put more money into education and roads, third so that the rich can get richer by making improvements to the racetracks, hiring more employees and in general spending more money. Why hasn’t this been accomplished? Is it a Republican or a Democrat that is blocking this effort?

Last, I am registered a Republican. This does not mean a thing to me. I vote my conscience and may the best man win. I am still waiting for that to happen. I have been on this earth for 45 years and very rarely has any politician, Republican, Democrat or Independent, done what is good for the people. They do whatever it takes to get elected. Getting elected means power, and power is intoxicating.

I believe that right now we have two of the best politicians that Maryland has ever seen or will see for a long time: Del. George Owings and Senator Mike Miller, who just both happen to be Democrats.

Prejudice is putting a people down because of their beliefs. Don’t judge me if you don’t know me!

— Robert Smallenbroek, Chesapeake Beach, Md.

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