Republican actions speak louder than words
To the editor:
The issue isn’t “Why can’t liberal America see Obama’s intentions?” (Feb. 24). The issue is why can’t moderates and conservatives decry the actions of the Republican leadership.
The current campaign for the Republican presidential nomination underscores that action with leadership complaining about the diversity of our nation. So it has been that when Republicans ran for federal and state office, they ran on a campaign of securing more jobs.
Actions, however, speak louder than words. The party whose virtual logo was keeping the government off our backs, has been busily intrusive, directing much of their focus on issues of reproductive health, legislating — or attempting to legislate — ultrasounds, and attacking contraception, so that the issue while primarily directed at women, includes men as well.
The party that says keep government off our backs has also pushed for voter ID laws and other legislation designed to disenfranchise potential voters. After all, the young, some of the old and those who are ethnically “different” might not vote the “right” way.
Part of the price has been the efforts to undercut funding for programs that serve the poor, prenatal and postnatal program, Head Start and similar programs in the name of saving money.
What’s next? Perhaps moderates and conservatives might give their own name to this intrusive bid by some Republicans in their efforts at government control. The actions speak for themselves.
Stephen D. Harris
United Way thanks cycle event participants, sponsors
To the editor:
On behalf of the United Way, we would like thank the community for coming together to make our Second Annual Cycle United event such a huge success. This event grew 150 percent from last year. We could not have done that without all of your incredible support.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our fitness professionals: the founder of Cycle United, Ruff Fitness; Gold’s Gym; South Pointe; Studio Six; Washington County Parks and Recreation; the YMCA; and, new this year, Fit In Boonsboro. Your bikes, instructors, teams and community spirit were a huge part of the success of this year’s event.
We also want to recognize Meritus Health for being such a wonderful community partner. Not only was Mertius Health our primary sponsor again this year, but we were honored to have President and CEO Joe Ross teach the last class and grand finale.
We are proud to be a part of a group focused on bringing the community together to exercise for a cause and hope the event inspires healthier habits for those new to indoor cycling. A special thank you to our riders, those who sponsored riders, all of our participating businesses, partner agencies and other community teams.
It was great to see all our new teams and to meet so many great people. For those of you who participated last year, we appreciate your continued support. We look forward to riding with you next year. As always, thank you for all the ways you cycle and live united.
Meg Harsh, event chair
Leah Gayman, executive director