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Letters to the Editor

November 24, 1998

A disgrace

To the editor:

On Nov. 11, my husband and I attended the Veterans Memorial outside the courthouse.

The crowd was small, but those who attended and of course the veterans made the event very special.

Mayor Bruchey rendered a very inspiring speech.

He was on target being concerned about the future generations honoring our veterans.

And Mayor Bruchey wondered why more elected officials didn't attend the ceremonies.

This is why the creep in the White House gets to lay a wreath on the Unknown Soldiers grave.

A draft dodger does this. I'll guarantee you I push the mute button and turn my head whenever draft dodger Clinton appears on the screen.

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Then we have elected officials in Washington County calling Clinton awesome when he appeared on a local golf course. I'll guarantee you that senator didn't get my vote nor my husband's.

People are so gullible. Don't tread on dear Clinton's heels.

No matter that he's a disgrace to this country.

I cannot believe the citizens here who excuse whatever the disgrace in the White House does; you'd better read your Bible.

People act as though this is Clinton's only offense. He's been a womanizer even before he married. Hillary knew this but decided to marry him anyway. Well that's her choice and she made it.

People in this country no matter their age act so stupid, it's pathetic.

Rosa Lee Meyers

Hagerstown

Don't focus on slavery

To the editor:

I was most disturbed at the publication of Leonard Pitts' article "The myth of the happy slave" in the Nov. 23 Herald-Mail.

Slavery may have been the major cause of the Civil War. The wealth of the 19th century South was primarily agricultural, resulting from slave labor and enjoyed by "aristocrats." These aristocrats made up the largest part of the command of the Confederate armies, as they were commissioned as officers by Jefferson Davis. Their cause was to protect their "right" to own slaves and to maintain an elegant way of life.

Now let us consider, as Mr. Pitts neglected, other reasons to take up arms against the North. For the military, there is their leader Gen. Robert E. Lee, a career soldier of high moral character who did not believe in slavery nor secession from the Union. He resigned his commission in the U.S. Army to serve the Confederate cause for his heritage as a Virginian.

As the war progressed, the North invaded the South. The chaos and destruction that followed triggered wholesale enlistments in the Confederate armies, as the homes, farms and towns were decimated by the armies of the North.

These men were of lesser social stature than the aristocrats. They came from remote areas, farms and ghettos (yes, there were white ghettos) to protect their homes and families from the Northern armies. Slavery was incidental or non-existent to many. Their valor and courage should be revered.

Leonard Pitts' assessment of the Sons of the Confederacy is unfairly critical of people honoring the memory of their ancestors, who came from all walks of life and political convictions. He owes them an apology.

Paul C. Helm

Hagerstown

Expensive grass

To the editor:

I received my water bill from the city this week to find out why you shouldn't water your yard. It cost $147.54 in sewer to water my yard. I called the city and I was told they don't even give people with a pool an exemption - why should I get one?

The point is, I don't mind paying for water and sewer, but why pay it if it goes in the ground to make a nice looking place to live?

So why are we in debt? If we are charged to water our yards and fill pools, we should have a surplus.

Geo Scott

Hagerstown

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