Letters to the editor

January 20, 1997

The source of truth

To the editor:

I find it interesting that professor Alan Powell who claims to be an authority when it comes to criticizing Christianity and the Bible, fails to recognize that the source of truth and absolute values is God himself. Powell would only need to look at the Ten Commandments to find the basis for any "men devised values" that result in successful living:

1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other Gods before me.

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

5. Honor your father and mother.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.


8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet.

While the first four commandments deal with our relationship with God, the last six teach us what our relationship to each other should be.

John C. Ritz

Warfordsburg, Pa.

Why were six at Roads Dept. given a week off?

To the editor:

This letter is in reference to the money problems Washington County seems to have.

Someone should do some checking into the practices that are maintained by Ted Wolford and Jim Sterling of the roads department.

On the evening of Jan. 8, the workers of the Roads Deprtment were told to report to work at 3 a.m. on Jan. 9. My husband who is a roads employee with 25 years' service did not report until 7 a.m. (There was no snow on the ground). He and five of his fellow workers who also did not show were given a week off without pay.

While missing a week's pay will cause some hardship; we will manage.

I have two comments on the situation:

1. Thank you Mr. Wolford for making my day.

2. To anyone paying a higher sewer and water bill, how do you feel about the 70 or so men being paid time-and-a-half when there was nary a flake of snow?

They reported for work at 3 a.m. and the snow did not start until 6:30 a.m. or so.

The snow emergency plan did not go into effect until 10 a.m.

The union contract states they must work in the case of an emergency. Would anyone call bare roads without a snowflake, to be seen as an emergency?

If the extra time were needed, then perhaps they could have plowed St. Paul's Road. As of 3:30 p.m. it had not been touched.

Have heart, perhaps we will get to see the Roads Department $54 million in debt also.

We must also remember that the head of the Roads Department is appointed by the County Commissioners. Do they approve of this treatment of county employees and an out right waste of money?

Grace E. Myers


Police say thanks for publishing list of wanted folks

To the editor:

On Jan. 9, The Herald-Mail Company in a cooperative effort with the Hagerstown Police Department published a list along with the photographs of 10 individuals wanted on warrants for various charges. These individuals could not be located mainly due to address changes or their failure to respond to a notification letter that had been sent to them by the Police Department.

The list prior to being given to The Herald-Mail was verified by the warrant squad officers for accuracy.

Thanks to the citizens of Hagerstown information was received as to the locations of several of the wanted individuals whose pictures were published and these individuals were served.

The warrant division of the Hagerstown Police Department would like to thank those citizens of this community who responded and provided information on these subjects who had warrants that were outstanding.

The Herald-Mail has agreed to continue to assist the police department in this effort by publishing a wanted list approximately every two weeks.

We would again ask for citizen support in locating those individuals. Again we would like to thank those who called and to those who hopefully will call in the future with information.

Officer Wayne Smith

Officer John Kreigh

Warrant Division

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