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Letters to the Editor

February 12, 1997

Why I back AES Warrior Run plant

To the editor

I am a taxpayer of the state of Maryland. I have lived in Pen Mar, Washington County, for my entire life and am very upset by the attempt of the Allegheny Power System to eliminate competition by buying out the Warrior Run Power plant contract.

1. This attempt would eliminate competition in the industry.

2. If the power plant is not completed, it will also eliminate $405 million dollars being put into the economy of the state of Maryland and in particular the Cumberland area which has been depressed for years since the loss of much of its heavy industry.

3. The loss of this contract will eliminate approximately 1,000 union jobs in both construction and operation.

4. This will also eliminate more than $50 million which would come into the area in wages and services during construction, and $30 million during each year of operation, not to mention the increased tax loss it will bring to the state of Maryland.

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5. Allegheny Power claims that this contract will substantially increase the cost of power to both business and home customers. It is not telling us that there will also be substantial cost to the customers if a buyout is accomplished.

For these and other reasons, I do not feel that it is in the best interest of either the state of Maryland or the customers of this utility to allow this buyout to happen.

Charles E. Trite

Cascade, Md.

More on `Liberty'

To the editor:

This letter is in response and support of Charley Reese's recent editorial on the Israeli attack of an American Navy ship in 1967. If someone would like more information on this murderous cover up, one should read "Assault on the Liberty" by James M. Ennes Jr. (published by Random House).

Mr. Ennes was on the bridge of the Liberty when the attack took place. There is also a video tape called "USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story" from Sligo Video POB 35433, Los Angeles, Calif. 90035.

The USS Liberty Veterans Association continues to fight the government in an attempt to bring to the light of day this act of deliberate aggression by a foreign power that is fed more U.S. tax dollars than any other nation.

It causes one to think that if any other country would have perpetrated such an attack against a U.S. Naval vessel, we would have reduced that country to rubble.

Furthermore since any country knows how we would respond to such an incident it is apparent that Israel knew it could commit such a heinous act without fear of military intervention or even cutting off the flow of free U.S tax dollars. The crime of treason is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. I think the charge of treason applies in this case.

Charles Allen

Hagerstown

Panhandle Hospice's Light a Life effort phenomenal success

To the editor:

Hospice of the Panhandle's Light Up A Life campaign was a success in every way in which it could be measured. Thousands of people were remembered during the holiday season; over $34,000 was raised; the community once again stepped forward to communicate love to each other. The funds raised will offset the expense of care for people facing illness and death but have no health insurance nor funds for skilled care and medications.

Many, many individuals volunteered to help with this task, too many to name here. Hospice volunteers set up trees and provided organizational and clerical support. Community residents and organizations sat beside the trees at one of the locations, the Martinsburg Mall. In this role, helpers located tags on the trees that carried the name of loved ones honored and remembered; they offered support to those grieving the loss of a family member or friend. Jefferson Memorial Hospital and Citizens National Bank in Berkeley Springs once again opened their doors to embrace this event. Friends and relatives joined hospice staff and volunteers on Dec. 1 to light the lights of loved ones for all to see in all three locations.

On behalf of the board, staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Panhandle, I extend a heart filled thank you to this community for your willingness to offer your time, effort and money to benefit those facing life limiting illness and those grieving the death of a loved one. We are blessed to live in a community that cares.

Margaret Cogswell

Executive Director

Hospice of the Panhandle Inc.

Give your opinion on these proposals

To the editor:

We had an opportunity to attend the 1997 Legislative Rally for the United Seniors of Maryland. This annual event was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Annapolis at St. John's College.

The United Seniors of Maryland is made up of over 25 organizations working for the betterment of Maryland residents. The organizations represent over 700,000 seniors across all 24 counties in Maryland.

During the morning session we heard speakers discuss improving services for children, an overview of the Marylanld budget, managed health care, and long term health care. We heard remarks from Governor Parris Glendening and Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

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