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Letters to the Editor

February 04, 1998

Letters to the Editor

Remember this anniversary for life

To the editor:

At the 25th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion, I feel compelled to speak out on the precious right to life. The right to life is the bedrock on which all other rights rest. But the 1.5 million children who annually have their lives ended by legalized abortion will never enjoy those blessings of liberty or the pursuit of happiness.

More than a million abortions a year - it would do us all well to remind ourselves that this number is made up of individual human beings whose lives are deliberately cut short.

Abortion is generally used as a primary method of birth control. Half of the women seeking abortion each year acknowledge at least one previous abortion and this repeater rate is growing rapidly.

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Many people cry that a woman has the right to choose, but I believe the ability of a woman to control her reproductive life should not be on higher footing than the right to life of individual human beings. We can take steps to curb government-sponsored promotion of abortion and restore the respect for the sanctity of life of unborn children by ending taxpayer subsidies to organizations that promote and perform abortions.

Finally I would like to use the words of Mother Teresa, who has spoken much more eloquently on the subject than I ever could. She said, "the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion. It is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child." That says it all.

Richard Williams

Hagerstown

Don't dwell on rink

To the editor:

This is in response to the article your paper printed on Jan. 7 regarding Walter Dill's lawsuit. I am appalled and disgusted by his threats to sue the Washington County Sports Foundation Board of Directors. I am also disappointed, once again, that The Herald-Mail has found some reason to focus on the negative.

It is so obvious Dill is grasping at whatever straw he can find to make the current management look bad and to make himself look good. This ice rink is not and should never be a political toy for Dill's self-esteem. If he really cared about skating and hockey programs and the low-income children in this community that he claims to have built the rink for, he would see that this kind of behavior does nothing but hurt those very things he claims to care so much about.

Move on, Walt Dill, and have some dignity. This community can recognize a disgruntled personwhen it sees one.

Connor Mitchell

Falling Waters, W.Va.

Reclaim the streets from me

To the editor:

I take an interest in the city of Hagerstown. I was born in the Washington County Hospital in 1941.

I remember the heydays and now I see what it is today. I'll preface my remarks by saying I'm part of the problem. I throw down trash and cigarette butts, panhandle, wander the streets unkempt and in general don't present a good image. My only rationale for this is "everyone else is doing it."

Downtown thrived for many reasons. The railroads and National Highway certainly helped.

What stands out in my mind is that people took pride in themselves and the city.

Mayor Bruchey asked for advice from New York on reducing crime. He might also have asked how they restored Times Square and The Bronx.

I certainly don't have the answers, however a first step would be to move the street people (which I am) out of the business district. You will never curtail drugs, alcoholism, prostitution or the effects of destitution, but it can be contained. I spent some time in Frederick in 1992 and saw it work. If you were up to no good you kept away from Market and Patrick.

Perhaps I'm being too nostalgic, but I really like this town and would like to see the day I could take pride in it again and me with it.

M.P. Barquedahl

Hagerstown

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