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December 17, 1998

Call answered

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for its tremendous support of hospitalized children. Recently, we found ourselves in need of stuffed animals for children. We contacted several groups in the community for assistance and in the process, have been overwhelmed with kindness.

We have been the grateful recipients of toys, books, board games and desperately needed clothing. We continue to accept donations of all of the above.

I wanted to thank all of you who answered our call but in particular, Sherri Lantz, and Shelley Payne who went the extra mile and offered to canvass their neighborhoods for donations. I also want to thank the Hagerstown Hotspurs and the Hagerstown Road Warriors Soccer teams for their generous, ongoing donations and to the players and their siblings, who in the spirit of childhood, easily gave their most prized and loved possessions to children in need.

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For anyone wishing to donate clean, used clothes, books, toys and animals, please contact us at 301-733-0331, extension 121.

Ann Lucas

Brook Lane Center

Hagerstown

Reasons for flashing

To the editor:

Open letter to all the "Don't flash me" drivers. My driving days are over but here is why I "flashed" you (and yet would, if still driving).

1. I possibly would be reminding you that you are breaking a law; i.e. "slower traffic keep right." By your not doing so, you entice me to also break the law by passing on your right.

2. You possibly pulled out in front of me (in lieu of waiting 'till I passed), then you "poke." P.S. Your mother was wrong! If we (you or I) are impeding present flow of traffic, we are supposed to pull off and let it flow.

3. I may (have many times) flash you at a traffic light or follow you into a parking lot, to tell you of a flat tire, or a burned out light or etc., etc.

4. You forgot something in your "don't intimidate me" quotation. The "flasher" is, in probability, at that moment, in a belligerent mood (after your belligerent response) also.

When two belligerents meet on the highway they breed accidents. Remember; Galatians 6:7, and become a happy and helpful traveler (with fewer ulcers and hemorrhoids).

Thought for your day. The belligerent driver(s) epitaph, has been written - he was dead right.

Glenn Camery

Hagerstown

Many meanings

To the editor:

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (a.k.a. - Bill Clinton) said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less."

"The question is," said Alice (a.k.a. - you and me) "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

Larry D. Kump

Falling Waters, W.Va.

Pax is missed

To the editor:

A week ago, I had a friend. A friend who listened to me, played catch with me, hiked with me, and shared all the good and bad moments. This friend also wagged his tail and licked my hand. He was a dog, my best friend. My neighbor killed him because in his curiosity, he crossed a property line and was shot. I got "Pax" from the pound when he was four months old.

In the year and two months that I had the honor of being his friend, he gave me joy and laughter that cannot be compared to anything in my 24 years. However, in the past week I have known more sadness and hurt than I have ever experienced. My so-called neighbor took my friend's life. When asked why, he responded that he was on his property, and it was his right.

In my ignorance, I taught my dog not to cross the road because cars were dangerous; I did not see a small town county neighbor as being a danger.

Because of this man's action, I will never again have the joy of saying "Good night Pax, sleep well," or of playing catch with him in the yard, or have Pax sit next to me and lick my hand. So in this sad ending of my friend's much too short life, I can only say "Good night Pax, I'll love you always."

Tara Evanko

Sharpsburg

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