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September 23, 1998

Year-round pools needed

To the editor:

Ladies and gentlemen who are running for County Commissioner:

I have been a participant of the Recreation and Parks Departments' Arthritis Swim classes for the past four years. These classes are held at the Ramada Inn. I would like to thank the hotel for letting us use their pool.

Some classes have also been lucky enough to use the Oak Ridge swimming pool with their bubble on in the spring for the school-age children and aerobic classes. Thank you, Oak Ridge.

The county has its own pool. Currently Marty Snook pool can be used only three months out of the year. Wouldn't it be beneficial to utilize such a large facility year round?

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Now that there is an interest expressed in helping to provide funds for a pool enclosure for the county pool, I am hoping that all of you running for office will consider this a high priority for our county and an opportunity for increased recreational activity for county residents.

The classes offered at the Ramada are at a reasonable cost, and they are full due to size and depth of the Ramada pool. Potential participants are being turned away. The Recreation and Parks Department office has all the figures on how this program will be self-sufficient within a respectable time.

The latest polls show Washington County is growing quickly. The baby boomers are becoming senior citizens and they want more to do. So do the youth of the county.

I hope this letter will raise your awareness for the need of recreational aquatic activities year round.

Betty Smith

Hagerstown

The gifts of our fathers

To the editor:

This land is your land, this land is my land. This land and way of life was given to you and me.

Citizens who live off the fruits of our forefathers, and who are ungrateful for what our forefathers have established for our country in the name of God, are the lowest of the low.

I am amazed at how quickly our spineless politicians are intimidated into relinquishing all that our forefathers fought and sacrificed for to give us this land.

Indeed, to be anti-God in our society is to be anti-American. As these anti-God bushwhackers are busy removing every reference to God from the institutions of our society, we are witnessing the decay of all that is good and righteous around us.

Opposing the display of the Ten Commandments in front of the courthouse while these same Ten Commandments are carved in concrete on the wall of the highest court in the land is the height of hypocrisy, to say the least. Don't you think that if our forefathers envisioned that the Ten Commandments would in any way be a violation of the separation of church and state that they would never ever been placed on the wall of the Supreme Court?

Thank God our forefathers were men of faith. To the parasites, the Silvermans, the A.C.L.U., and all others who disrespect and try to rewrite our heritage, you will soon be living off a different type of fruit - a society without the influence of God in its laws and its conduct.

I encourage you to look at your money more often as you crusade to remove God and reinterpret the Constitution. And as you pledge allegiance to the flag as "One nation under God.," remember that "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.'" Remember too, that a society that stands by and allows fools to eliminate our religious heritage will be a society of fools.

Proverbs 22:28 gives some good advice, "Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set."

Charles E. Gower

Martinsburg, W.Va.

War heroes

To the editor:

As a charter member of the World War II Memorial Society, I want people in our community to know that those who served in World War II, whether in battle or on the home front, are finally being honored with a national memorial that will be built on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

I encourage you to run stories and features about the memorial campaign to help raise local awareness of this long-overdue effort to honor the World War II generation for their great victory in the defining event of the twentieth century.

For a press kit with full information on the World War II Memorial, please call the American Battle Monuments Commission at (703)-696-6780.

Mary C. Marshall

Thurmont, Md.

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