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Letters to the Editor

March 04, 1999

Giving Christians a bad name

To the editor:

This letter is in response to A.E. Snyder.

I am not a Christian, though I do have respect for the wisdom of the Christian tradition. Unfortunately, modern Christianity has become less of a spiritual endeavor and more of a form of ego gratification.

Your letter oozes with contempt and arrogance, qualities I would hardly consider Christian, and it is clear that you harbor a lot of animosity. Did Jesus go around berating and abusing other people? Is a wrathful, turbulent heart a sign of a good Christian? Do you truly expect to win others over to your position with insults and disrespect?

I sometimes hear self-proclaimed "Christians" wonder why their faith has such a bad name. They need look no further than their own inconsiderate, self-absorbed tirades.

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In closing, I address the editors of the Herald-Mail: why do you even print these letters?

Travis Miller

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Good work in Shannondale

To the editor:

We the people of the Shannondale community would like to show our appreciation to our Gov. Cecil H. Underwood without whom this letter of thanks would never have been written.

And to Samuel H. Beverage the Commissioner of State Highways: His attitude and patience shows us we are fortunate to have such a man in charge.

To his staff for compiling the rather lengthy list of roads now under his care.

To the workers and staff of the state roads in Jefferson County who are doing a tremendous job. More has been done to make our roads safer since last October than in the past 20 years.

To Virginia Bright who tirelessly acted as our liaison with the governor and the commissioner of state highways.

To the residents who formed Property Owners United, a little spark which brought this all about.

To Del. Dale Manuel, our local representative of the 56th district who diligently devoted many hours to an agreement to take the roads from Shannondale Inc. where all rights and ownership are now transferred to the state road system.

To the Jefferson County bus transportation system, in advance, who will soon designate routes in Shannondale so the children no longer run the risk of congregating on the dangerous stops at Gates 1, 3 and 4 on Mission Road. To the mothers of Shannondale, thank you.

The residents of Shannondale thank each of you. A show of cooperation has accomplished with understanding and fellowship a great benefit to the entire community. We look forward to the fruits of this new beginning and know you will be there for us for all of our safety concerns in the future.

Bill Weber

Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Education is the key

To the editor:

I have three D.U.I convictions. I've voiced my opinion before and read many others such as the Director of the W-House of Hagerstown and a drug counselor from Williamsport. As a convicted drunken driver I'm all for lowering the B.A.C. rate and stiffing the penalties for drunk drivers. This is a start, but it's not all that must be done.

Ms. Trenton from the W-House stated that "the criminal justice system has failures." I know this to be a fact.

The prison system has nothing to offer a drunk driver but A.A. once a week. There is a program called R-SAT, but you must be 18 months short of your release date. Most drunk drivers only get a one-year sentence. Most of the time is spent sitting around playing ping-pong, watching soap operas, Jerry Springer and cartoons.

So an inmate can get six months of drug and alcohol education during his or her sentence. Where's the taxpayer's money going? Tougher laws and more education is the only way to reduce the return rate.

The time is now to write the legislature. I'm ashamed of my past drinking and driving history. If I did nothing to educate myself on my alcohol problem I would return to the street only to come back. If you don't educate a drunk driver while in prison, he will only return to pick up where he left off.

Robert Cannedy

MCTC

To the editor:

In response to the February 24, 1999 article "Revved up in Annapolis:"

Maryland motorcycle riders have continuously improved their safety record by avoiding accidents and subsequent injuries and fatalities for many years. The number of motorcycle accidents in Maryland has decreased from 3,182 in 1985 to 889 in 1996. Since the all-rider helmet law was passed in 1992, the number of motorcycle accidents decreased from 1,417 in 1992 to 889 in 1996. It is no surprise to me that the number of fatalities has decreased as well. Motorcycle-related fatalities have decreased from 72 in 1985 to 55 in 1992, and finally 26 in 1996. Helmet law advocates would like us to believe that the reduction in fatalities is because of the all-rider helmet law. It is evident to me that the reduction in fatalities is directly related to the decrease in accidents.

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