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Letters to the Editor

July 16, 1999

Put faith to a vote

To the editor:

Much has been said already about this important issue. I wish to point out that this great republic was founded on the principle of "people rule."

It should be readily apparent the ACLU does not speak for the majority of this city or this country's populace.

I believe the same misconception has been made by S. Bloom's inference of the County Commissioners potentially acting as a "front for the Christian right." Controversial issues such as these cry out for a referendum. Why not let the people make the decision for themselves by their right of vote?

Stephen T. Catlett

Williamsport

A true friend

To the editor:

This is my tribute to Elizabeth Bowers of Myersville, Md., my friend of 30 years.

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What is a real friend? If nobody thought just a little about you, and nobody cared about me and we stood all alone in the battle of life, what a dreary old world it would be.

Life is sweet because of friends like Elizabeth and things we share in common. We want to live on, not because of ourselves, but because of caring people like Elizabeth, who is always doing and giving to others. She has a positive attitude and never complains.

In May, at the age of 48, she recently suffered a heart attack. She's been unable to work. The doctors strongly instructed her to get more rest and cut back her work schedule. She's on several medications.

I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the many caring things she's done for me and others and I pray she will find a way to continue a lighter schedule, gain strength and feel better soon.

And prayers and thoughtfulness and acts of kindness would mean so much, a little return of caring to this kind thoughtful woman who has shared with so many people, including me.

I'm disabled and she has run errands for me, brought me books of stamps to make my mailing easier and just sat and gave me moral support. You see, I know how special this woman is because of my severe disability. She has taken time to transport me to doctors' appointments in Baltimore. She has brightened many of my days and has always brought a smile before leaving with her witty personality. It would be so nice to give her some recognition to me and many others, she is a real shining star. May God bless her.

Norman Jean Smith

Frederick, Md.

Keep postal paws off e-mail

To the editor:

One of the most ill-managed government agencies wants more of your money. That agency is the postal department. This department is trying to get Congress to pass legislation that will make everyone pay five cents for every e-mail they send.

If this happens, it will only be the beginning. Other government agencies will want some of the Internet gravy. All people must call, write or e-mail their congressmen (both senator and representative) and demand "hands-off" our newly acquired and, as of yet uncontaminated by government interference and excess regulation tools, Internet. The postal department or any other department has no right, either existing or contrived, to put their fingers in the internet and e-mail business. Write, call and/or send e-mail today.

William Peck

Needmore, Pa

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