County Republican group opposes gas tax increase
To the editor:
The Herald-Mail recently published several stories about a secret meeting between local business and political leaders on a strategy to gain support for a 15-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase. The main concern of this group should have been the impact on Washington County voters of increasing the gas tax rather than on how to fund “pork projects.”
Many Washington County workers commute outside the county and are affected by the already-high price of gasoline. Higher gas taxes will also result in increases for all goods and services purchased by Washington County families.
The Washington County Republican Party has always supported the concepts of small government, low taxes, respect for individual liberty, the right to keep and bear arms, and the sanctity of human life. During the past year, the Washington County Republican Central Committee has developed a strategic plan that documents those core values for principled leadership.
Too often, elected officials forget the voters who support these values and govern based on the desires of special interest groups whose motives are self-serving and not always in the best interest of Washington County taxpayers.
As elected officials who support the working families of Washington County, the WCRCC opposes increasing the gas tax. We would have great difficulty endorsing or supporting any elected official or candidate who supports the gas tax increase.
For the benefit of all taxpayers, we encourage our Democratic counterparts to take the same position.
Please visit us at wcmdgop.com to share comments.
Ray Givens, chairman
Washington County Republican Central Committee
Adoption is a better option than abortion
To the editor:
Another year comes and goes with the Right to Life march on Washington, D.C., to end abortion. Abortion has been legal in the United States now for 39 years since Roe vs. Wade legalized it. Thousands descend on Washington, D.C., in all kinds of freezing, wet weather by the busloads protesting this act because they believe it is unjust and deeply troubling.
Something like this should never be happening. The failure to act against this amounts to evil-doing, and the silence of ignoring it condemns these bodies to continued suffering. Killing these babies is killing love, and the babies are not the only victims. The consciences of mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc., are doomed to suffer terrible mental anguish for their entire lives. We must continue to pray and ask God to act on behalf of these babies to allow them to have their right to life.
There is a solution that doesn’t cause death, and it is adoption. With adoption, the baby gets a second chance at life. The adoptive parents receive the child they have prayed for and waited so long for. The suffering of all involved is greatly alleviated, and God’s blessings can be achieved — blessings so desperately needed for America.
It seems that states’ rights won in Virginia