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Letters to the Editor

January 05, 1998

Letters to the Editor

Some candidates failing to file

To the editor:

Public records normally show where political campaign financing comes from, but review of Franklin County records shows that several reports appear to not have been filed for the Nov. 4, 1997, election period.

The candidates are given a printed guideline that clearly states that citizens are required to report and the applicable form DSEB 505 is available at the County Commissioners' office.

The Pennsylvania Election Code in section 1626 (G) provides: "Every person...who makes independent expenditures expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, or question appearing on the ballot, other than by a contribution to a political committee or candidate, in an aggregate amount in excess of one hundred dollars ($100) during a calendar year shall file... a report which shall include the same information required of a candidate or political committee receiving such a contribution and, additionally, the name of the candidate or question supported or opposed."

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Please note that "expenditures:" include political advertisements, and that a penalty may "be assessed" for late filing.

Ralph E. Sipes

Lemasters, Pa.

Lane violation

To the editor:

On a recent rainy Friday morning traffic rush hour, about one-third of the vehicles in the outlying D.C. car pool (HOV) lane were occupied only by the driver.

I wonder, are these the same folks who blithely park in handicapped spaces justifying themselves with the rationalization that, "I'll only be a minute"?

Larry D. Kump

Hagerstown

Traffic trouble

To the editor:

Now that the railroad crossing is being smoothed on Northern Avenue, another hazard beside the crossing is being made worse. Most drivers exceed the posted speed limit on Northern Avenue. Some double the limit and a few try to triple it.

The evergreen hedge between the track and the post office lot creates a blind spot for many drivers trying to exit the post office lot. Installing some speed bumps on Northern Avenue would be quite appropriate.

Would someone please bulldoze out about 10 feet of that hedge before someone is killed trying to exit the post office lot?

Jesse M. Hopkins

Hagerstown

Some good news from Congress

To the editor:

It is fashionable today for political pundits to put down virtually everything Congress does. While certain criticism has been deserved, people back home need to know about the good things that individual members of Congress accomplish for their constituents.

Recently, Sen. Barbara Mikulski worked very effectively and voted for the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, legislation which modernizes the drug approval process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and reauthorizes a very unique public and private cooperation between the biotechnology industry and the government which benefits medical research and patients, and saves taxpayers money.

Your readers need to know that the next generation of new medicines for cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and many other deadly and debilitating conditions are being developed for patients by biotechnology companies in Maryland and elsewhere around the U.S.

But the cutting-edge technology that biotech researchers use changes continuously. Long out-dated FDA regulations needed to be streamlined so that cures and therapies could come to the market as soon and as safely as possible. As noted above, FDA legislation also allows biotechnology research companies to contribute millions of dollars directly to the government through "user fees" (instead of your tax dollars) to help pay for accelerated and improved review of new drugs.

People suffering from a wide array and variety of diseases and conditions are the big winners here. Perhaps you know of someone personally who will benefit.

Senator Mikulski deserves credit and congratulations for this accomplishment.

Carl B. Feldbaum

President

Biotech Industry Organbization

Washington, D.C.

Poor spirit

To the editor:

"Merry Christmas" to the person who removed the Christmas tree and the bouquet of silk flowers with the angel from our daughter's grave, located in the Garden of Peace, Rest Haven Cemetery.

We hope you enjoyed them as much as her 2-year-old son did, when he took them there for his mommy. We love and miss you Karen.

Barbara D. Oyster

Hagerstown

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