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Stop spending our tax money on lawsuits

To the editor:

Yet another lawsuit has been filed by Maryland, once again suing the federal government.

How much money is spent on these lawsuits? How much time is spent by Maryland state employees filing these claims? These lawsuits are not cheap, so how many outside law firms are kept employed and lobbyists are paid back by these suits?

As a Maryland taxpayer, I would like transparency, accountability and an independent financial audit of exactly how much is spent in this area, and what was the return on this expense, besides political payback. How did Maryland citizens truly benefit? I have an open mind, so show me the data.

John Louderback

Hagerstown

What about parents’ input on Labor Day bill?

To the editor:

I’m perplexed around the recent actions of the Washington County Board of Education in regards to local scheduling control (starting school after Labor Day).

First, we had an unelected person, Superintendent Boyd Michael, testify in favor of a bill. Why does an unelected official have the right to represent our county? Did anyone get a survey to get his or her opinion? I didn’t.

Now, the local board has voted in favor of having local control. Again, where was the feedback requested so that they represent what the majority of parents want? I don’t think I need to remind them, but this county overwhelmingly voted for Gov. Larry Hogan, and even our Democratic comptroller is in favor of having school after Labor Day?

I would love some answers.

Jason Showe

Hagerstown

‘Judicial secrecy’ column’s argument fails

To the editor:

Thomas Knapp’s column “Judicial secrecy: Where justice goes to die” (Feb. 20) appears to raise a serious problem, namely the perversion of our judicial system by judges overreaching their assigned powers. The argument fails.

Is their anyone so naive as to believe that the orders given in the Planned Parenthood case and the El Chapo drug case are not absolutely necessary for the protection of the jury and the clinic employees? Both situations involve groups with histories of violence. Justice can’t be blind to such a threat. The secret case which may involve special counsel Robert Mueller — two sides to that one. If the exploration is fruitless, the reputation of the company is protected.

Libertarians and all of us might do well to consider a more serious threat, namely the excessive political pressure used in the appointment of judges. The process has never been entirely free of such influence, but of late, it is causing clear bias. Judges beholden for their appointments can change laws. That is, in fact, what goes on in totalitarian societies.

Amy Schmersal Paradise

Hagerstown

‘Hysteria’ letter highlights need to listen

To the editor:

I hope that many will join me in commending the recent letter to the editor from Bob Ayrer (Feb. 19), as he urged us to “abandon the hysteria surrounding the terms capitalism vs. socialism.”

He deals with the promise and the peril of each. What I would like to plead is that we not go from one extreme to the other, as might seem tempting in our present political polarization.

Most of us, I believe, are “middle of the road” persons and many want to see a restoration of a life where we can listen to opposing viewpoints and even find something worth pursuing in the presentation of persons of different orientation.

As I listen to the presentations of announced candidates for president, I say let us be open to a push for helpful change without another radical polarization.

Thomas Perry

Williamsport