Declaration warns

of government harassment

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."

This was one of the many offenses committed against the Colonies by the king of England, according to the Declaration of Independence.

Here we are, 237 years later, and the quote could not be more poignant. In the Affordable Care Act alone, the Obama administration has added by some estimates 159 new "offices" and 16,000 new Internal Revenue Service "officers" to administer, tax, oversee and enforce it.

Considering one of the latest scandals plaguing the White House, the thought of the IRS being the muscle behind the health care law ought to be a very sobering - and terrifying - thought. Do you want a political, cost-cutting arm of the government in your hospital room?

Sarah Hall Ingram was the commissioner of the IRS office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012, while the tea party, some Jewish organizations and others were being harassed. She has been promoted to head the IRS office responsible for enforcing new health care requirements.

Everything in your medical records will be in the hands of the IRS, in the hands of an organization that has proven it will do anything for political purposes. Yes, they really think we are that stupid - or are more like sheep.

Some may applaud the harassment of conservative groups, as did the author of the May 17 letter, "Does the tea party pay its taxes?" Will these people feel the same way if a Republican takes office and wrongly wields the same power now being abused by the IRS, the Justice Department and the White House?

ROBERT McKENZIE

Vineland

Foster children need

volunteer advocates

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to come together on behalf of the more than 700 children in Atlantic and Cape May counties who are living in foster care because their families are in crisis and unable to provide for their essential well-being.

Through my work with these young people, I know how resilient they can be. Foster children have an extraordinary capacity to overcome many challenges, but only if they have the support of a caring adult in their lives, such as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer.

Without permanent, nurturing relationships with adults, foster youth are far more likely than their peers to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised health, unemployment, incarceration and other adversities after they leave the foster-care system.

No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change a life for a young person in foster care. Visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org or call CASA for Children at 609-601-7800 to volunteer to help a child in need in our community.

KAREN DeROSA

Director of Community Development

CASA for Children of Atlantic

and Cape May Counties

Somers Point

Clinton not innocent

in Benghazi tragedy

Regarding the May 13 story, "Diplomat won't blame Clinton for Benghazi":

The headline suggests former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is innocent of any blame for the Benghazi tragedy.

But the story says the blistering report that found "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels" of the State Department meant that security was "inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."

It seems Clinton really does deserve the blame.

ROBERT CAROCCIO SR.

Ocean City

Assembly members

cannot dodge issues

When deciding whom I will be voting for, I look at voting records - how often representatives vote and how they vote.

Gun control is now in the spotlight, but I have noticed that, instead of taking a stand, Assemblyman Nelson Albano, D, Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic - who in the past promoted himself as a friend of legal gun owners and Second Amendment supporters - has abstained from voting. It seems he is playing it safe and not taking a stand. I have not noticed any independent thinking.

I want my elected officials to take a stand, make a decision, and not run away. I feel it is time for a change.

I have been watching local officials in Cape May and Cumberland counties and I have been very impressed with Republican Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the work she has done in Cape May County since taking office. Gabor, who is running for Assembly, takes a stand on important issues such as gun control and the needs of senior citizens and does what she feels is needed for the people of her county. Her running mate, Sam Fiocchi, freeholder in Cumberland County, has been equally involved in his county.

I think we are fortunate to have an outstanding Republican team running for state office in the 1st District. I hope others in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties realize this and show their support on Election Day.

CYNTHIA HARRISON

Upper Township