Letters to the Editor -- April 19, 2013

Reader: The little man has an uphill battle

The worldwide housing recession began at the end of 2008 when the citizens were ordered by the government to bail out the big banks.

These banks swindled prospective homeowners in two deceptive ways. One: They sold them mortgages they did not have enough income to qualify for. Two: The majority of these mortgages contained hidden escalating balloon interest rates over time.

When the housing bubble showed incipient signs of bursting, these big banks eliminated losses they would have incurred by having the gall to sell off these toxic mortgages to unassuming investors worldwide in the stock market. American people lost their homes and a total of $13 trillion.

The corrupt banking industries and their employees were later fined but not imprisoned, due to high-powered lawyers who negotiated this compromise. This corrupt practice has been going on for decades.

The Republican congress has continued their efforts to prevent the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau from doing their job to protect consumers from future housing and credit card fraudulent practices. Sen. Warren (D-Mass.) is fighting tooth and nails for accountability.

A contributing Republican political analyst on Fox News believes the president’s agenda is all about social justice. This Republican analyst went on to say that social justice is a noble cause. What a noble admission! Unfortunately for America, the Republican Party has been trying to prevent the Obama administration from implementing this noble goal.

One glaring example of their obstruction has been President Obama’s effort to eliminate tax loopholes for the wealthiest and corporate welfare subsidies. The Republicans hypocritically call this class warfare.

Having just returned from a vacation resort area in the Cancun area in Mexico, we were informed by a time-share representative that the few hundred workers there were living on plantation wages. We found out they were making $35 to $49 a week with a square energy meal thrown in. The owner of the resort was reportedly a billionaire. Depriving the workers out of a fair paycheck is what I call “class warfare.”

Americans need to come to the realization that the deck has been stacked in favor of the 1 percent controlling politics and our wages. Members retiring from Congress usually go on to become lobbyists for the big corporations who rule the land. They all make tons of money at our expense.

The 99 percent are awakening to these injustices. They are beginning to voice their grievances. The President spends time out of the White House to teach and motivate American’s to voice their grievances. They are beginning to be heard in the halls of congress. Only then will there be legislation in Washington that benefits all of us and not just the few.

Bill Clemens

Reader questions how town spends money

In 2012, a sidewalk was imposed upon the residents who lived on Woodland Avenue between Central and West. I use the word “imposed,” because I understand that the residents were adamantly opposed to the sidewalk. Thousands of dollars were spent on a project that the residents didn’t want.

I use that route on a daily basis. All these months later, I have seen exactly two persons using the sidewalk. Meanwhile the road is a mess. There is no curb. There are deep holes along the whole stretch where the dirt beyond the sidewalk ends, and there are ugly patches of asphalt at the end of every driveway. The deepest hole is at the corner or Central and Woodland. Big SUVs can barely pass each other on this narrow street and, needless to say, there is no bicycle lane.

Now I understand another sidewalk is planned so that we can all walk to CVS. This town sure knows how to spend its money.

Sue Cutter
Ocean View

AARP thankful for help with food drive

AARP Local Chapter #5226 on March 28 held a drive for the Food Bank of Delaware, at local stores. We would like to thank G&E Supermarket, Giant Food-Route 26 and Hocker’s SuperCenter for their support during this food drive. Thanks to all of our neighbors who donated food and cash to help this worthy cause in our Sussex community.

Sandra R. McGrath
AARP Chapter 5226

Reader: Deer can be controlled for free

Ocean View’s deer problem is not unique. It’s a major problem in communities across this country. The most effective way to slow down the increase in the deer population is a controlled hunt in cooperation with Fish & Wildlife, according to Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, but not at $500 per deer.

There should be no expenses. Local licensed bow hunters would gladly participate in such hunt. The Town needs to allow the hunt in January for does only; only on property where the owners give permission and not closer than 30 yards to any occupied dwelling. The January doe hunt would be very effective, since most female deer will be pregnant with twins at that time. One kill will eliminate three deer from the population.

This program can be run without costing the Town thousands of dollars. In fact, I don’t understand why there would be any cost involved.

Kerry Muse
Ocean City

Event meant much to local organization

Tuesday evening, the Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes hosted the “Beauty for the Beach House” event in memory of Elizabeth Shoemaker and in support of Justin’s Beach House. The event was a sellout and once again proved that this community is a family of people that genuinely care about and for each other!

With participating sponsors from All About U, Blooming Boutique, Oceanova, Studio 26, La Vita Bella, Mind, Body & Sole, Afterglow Beaty Spa and Silpada Jewelry, a fashion show, 50/50, Chinese auction and door prizes made the event even better! Some of our beautiful local ladies modeled clothes from Blooming Boutique, and we all had a view of the summer-season beach wear.

A special thank you to the ladies who orchestrated this event: Ro Shoemaker, Janet Charlsen, Lois Saraceni, Sandy McDowell, Terry King and Babraba Keyser for making this hopefully annual event the success it was! From my heart to each of the individuals and business who donated items for Chinese auction, I thank you.

Without this community, Justin’s Beach House would not be able to serve the families that we do. You all have made Justin’s Beach House your house! I am humbled by your generosity and kindness.

Mary Ellen Nantais, Founder
Justin’s Beach House

AARP director talks Social Security, CPI

It was just last year — an election year — when we heard so many politicians on the campaign trail pledging not to cut Social Security benefits for those who currently receive them. Apparently, that was so 2012.

Now President Obama and some other officials in Washington, D.C., are backing a plan, called “chained CPI,” to reduce benefits for seniors, people with disabilities and veterans. This is a fancy term for a terribly flawed idea. Older veterans would be hurt twice, because both Social Security and veterans’ benefits would be cut. Chained CPI would make it harder to pay for the basics, such as food, heat and medicine. It would also increase taxes for most taxpayers.

Social Security is a self-financed earned benefit. It did not cause the deficit. A survey of 50+ voters in Delaware shows that 86 percent oppose cutting Social Security benefits. Republican, Democratic and Independent voters in Delaware are divided on many issues, but we are strongly united in rejecting this idea.

Delawareans should contact their Congressional delegates and tell them how they feel about chained CPI. Your readers might like to know just how much they would lose, at www.aarp.org/whatyoulose, where an online calculator shows that many could stand to lose thousands of dollars in benefits.

Lucretia Young
AARP State Director