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Letters to the editor

July 16, 1998

Tips for debt

To the editor:

To the people of Washington County and Tip Jar Users/Clubs:

Two ongoing situations involving every one of us can be worked out by combining the problems and working together.

The sewer crisis and tip jar use in our clubs has been discussed and dealt with for an extended time without any significant results.

I would like to see the people of Washington County, through our commissioners, offer to the clubs using tip jars a proposal of give and take.

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In very general terms, we the people would ask that the clubs for let's say, five years, direct their income from the tip jars toward reducing or deleting the sewer debt. In exchange, let's say for the next five years, the clubs would be free to use their income from the jars as they wish.

These times can be modified but the idea is sound and a doable course of action to help everyone.

Sam Turnbull

Hagerstown

God bless Louis

To the editor:

I want to commend the editor of the newspaper for the thumbs up as a tribute to Louis Goldstein. I believe he deserves all the praise and adoration we can give him and his family. He can serve as a teacher to all of us if we will pay attention.

This was a man who never retired and who led an active life 'til he was found dead. This is an example we can all learn from, to always stay busy doing what you enjoy until you die. He decided to serve the people of Maryland and our state is one of the best managed in the country, thanks mainly to him.

I personally had the honor of meeting Goldstein three times and every time I had great respect for him. CNN called him the most beloved tax collector in the world. I would agree with that, and wish all politicians in our country would have that kind of dedication to the people, and also love them as he did.

Glenn A. Young Jr.

Williamsport

Where's the depth?

To the editor:

Your Sunday edition editorial page which you call "NewsPlus" remains weak, politically slanted and in dire need of revamping. Where is the depth on national and international issues?

Where are the national columnists? Where is your balance with the few political cartoonists you print? All are missing. You print a couple of local editorials and absolutely no national columnists. You print one or two political cartoons which are usually liberally biased or leftist slanted.

In short, it takes less than five minutes to read your Sunday editorial section with few, if any, thought-provoking editorials.

Why do you shun a major editorial section? Why do you limit your letters to the editor? Is it a financial decision? A political decision? A space problem? I have watched this section of your paper decline to the point that I merely buy another paper to get this kind of coverage, and they all give me so much more depth that I find The Herald-Mail embarrassingly shallow.

I strongly suggest you rework this part of your paper, and make it much more wide ranging, much more politically balanced and, in the end, a better paper.

M. J. Taranto

Smithsburg

Art of healing

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity, along with my daughter, Mary Jo and my grandson, Sammy, to publicly thank Dr. John Sesta for all his help and caring.

Also, special appreciation goes out to his delightfully quirky assistant Carla. There is no favor too great to ask of her. Both she and Sesta are willing to "go the extra mile" for their patients.

In an era when HMOs and MCOs have made medicine big business, Dr. Sesta still practices the art of healing. He earnestly believes that the Hippocratic Oath transcends the bottom line.

Ellen Maietta

Hagerstown

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