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Specifics, please

| Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Election charges and countercharges are getting tiresome, especially the television sound bites. I hear all candidates say they will cut government waste and cut taxes.

I suggest that all candidates for statewide and national offices submit statements to local newspapers specifically delineating what taxes they will cut and how or if the funding will be made up.

Specifically , what programs will be cut and by how much• Will the cuts be made to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, welfare, infrastructure repair, highway construction, libraries, defense spending, etc.?

They then should indicate where the majority of their funding is originating, including tax-exempt, nonprofit "501" organizations. We could then see who is supporting their positions.

I know that some of this is available through various campaign filings but many people don't have the time or knowledge to do this.

Finally, they could offer a few comments on various social issues, especially those affecting immigration, race relations, homosexuality, etc.

The newspapers could then run side-by-side comparisons of their positions and we could judge who we believe would best benefit the majority of the people.

No more sound bites -- only facts, easily accessible for the common person.

Ed Blotzer

Penn Township, Westmoreland County

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