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Letters to the Editor

October 14, 1998

Corderman will take our guns

To the editor:

To all shooters and gun owners:

We have an opportunity in the upcoming election to get the anti-gunner's attention and also the attention of the liberal politicians who are doing their best to emasculate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, especially the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment gives the right to the people to keep and bear arms. We have to start now at the grass roots level.

In my opinion candidate John Corderman is running for County Commissioner for one reason - to gain a platform to continue his assault on the Second Amendment. This would give him a golden opportunity to try to pass a county ordinance for tighter gun control in Washington County.

His past record bears this out - 1. He is on the board of directors of Handgun Control Inc. 2. He is very close to Sara Brady, president of Handgun Control Inc. whom he brought here to speak before the Rotary Club. 3. Appeared on Channel 25 while a circuit court judge expounding his views on gun control. 4. Addressed a service club on gun controls while at the same time waving a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches - a violation of federal law. 5. As a sitting judge he was in violation of all ethical judicial behavior in relation to firearms. A sitting judge is to be 100 percent neutral on all issues if he is to be an effective jurist.

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Statewide we have to defeat Governor Glendening and his carpet-bagger lieutenant governor or there will be no private ownership of firearms in the state of Maryland.

We must also defeat the father of gun control - William Donald Schaefer.

Vote for Ellen Sauerbrey.

Anthony A. Cianelli

Hagerstown

Where's the evidence?

To the editor:

As counsel for the local school board members who recently voted to affirm Superintendent Herman Bartlett's decision to dismiss a classified employee, I respond to Kenneth Mackley's Oct. 1, 1998, public letter accusing two board members (Robert Kline and Doris Nipps) in acting as "puppets for Bartlett in the recent employee case."

Mackley opines "...that most of them (board members) are rubber stamps for him (Bartlett.)" The board members respect Mackley's First Amendment free speech right to criticize public officials, but this right does not permit his critical conclusion without supporting evidence.

Show the board members your "rubber stamping" facts to substantiate your belief that Kline and Nipps "played the puppets for Bartlett" (an accusation which directly attacks their integrity and long hours of dedicated work in fulfilling their mandated duties, obligations and responsibilities to the county school population and citizens of the county) or publish your apology which in reality, cannot "unring a bell" in this political climate.

Richard F. McGrory

Hagerstown

A case for the devil or Senators

To the editor:

Playboy magazine is tame stuff anymore. What the Government Printing Office is putting out is much more interesting and titillating. What about its publishing a new magazine called Wrong-Way Boy? Below the name, in prominent print, should be the words "Not About Sex."

I have suggestions for articles in this proposed magazine concerning the dirt dug up about Clinton, to be written by members of Congress. Without hesitation I nominate Rep. Henry Hyde as editor and feature-article writer. I'm certain he would not hyde any relevant material from it. Perhaps he would write a sidebar to accompany the article. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who says he favors impeachment, could write under the pseudonym of M. P. Chim, and do research for an article.

Ken Starr should be circulation manager; he might consent to give info as to what would be included in the first issue.

But I almost forgot! Clinton needs a good attorney to represent him when the impeachment reaches the Senate. If we can resurrect Daniel Webster, he would be the perfect one to take Clinton's case. According to Stephen Vincent Benet, Webster outargued the devil in the case of Scratch v. Jabez Stone. If he could do that, perhaps he could influence 100 honest, moral, upright Senators!

Eugene Lincoln

Hagerstown

CANDIDATE LETTERS




In 1981, I left this country for the first time in order to travel to Australia on a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship. "Travel the world and, when you return, the view at the crest of the Middletown Valley will still be the most beautiful sight you will ever see" was what I was told by one of our well-traveled citizens of Washington County at the time. He was right then. Sadly, he would not be right today.

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