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Letters to the Editor

August 05, 1999

Antietam Cable a bad deal for low-income earners

To the editor:

Conspiracy, Anyone? Even the news that there was a meeting about renewing Antietam Cable's franchise is back on Section B - you wonder why no one was at the hearing? What do you expect (or rather plan) by no notices?

Yes, I (and I think I speak for a few thousand others) can supply information as to why Antietam Cable's franchise, should not be renewed as their service is presently:

1. Basic Service Programming - There are two ABC channels; two CBS channels; two NBC channels and two PBS channels, eight stations all free to Antietam Cable.

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2. There are three religious (not necessarily Christian channels, as they are primarily fund raisers); I suspect the cable company is paid to carry them.

3. There are three "shopping stations," again I suspect Antietam is paid to carry them. Poor people need none of them.

4. Above 1-2-3 consumes 14 channels.

5. Who watches and subscribes to Basic Cable? Low- and limited-income people.

6. The remaining six channels (After item #4) are not channels that #5 will be watching either.

7. Give us a fair break: One each ABC, PBS, CBS, NBC, Fox, one religious, no shopping, no movie preview, now add something Antietam must pay for - 10 or 12 "good" channels, which would be better than the present 20 (10 of which are junk).

My understanding is that Antietam Cable and The Herald-Mail newspaper are owned by the same people. So I expect this letter only serves the purpose of venting my dissatisfaction.

Glenn Camery

Hagerstown

Angels in Williamsport

To the editor:

Are there really Angels? Most definitely! I know because we met some recently in Williamsport, Md.

On Tuesday, July 6, we had just exited I-81 onto U.S. 11 when our truck stopped suddenly. We rolled over to the right as far we could. My husband, thinking we had a clogged fuel filter, jumped out and slid under the truck to change it as I flagged traffic over and around us with his white cap. That didn't take long and we both hopped back in the cab and were ready to head to the KOA where we had reservations to spend the night. You see, we were en route to New Hampshire and pulling a 32-foot travel trailer. Well, the truck cranked and we drove about half a block before it "died" for good in front of the Exxon station. We both got out, not knowing what was wrong.

As I was looking for the GM Roadside Assistance number, a lady in a white car came up and said she was an RVer and asked if she could help. She gave us the name of the nearest Chevrolet dealer in Hagerstown and even went into the station and looked up the number. Then the station manager assisted us in calling wreckers, none of which could tow the truck and trailer. In the meantime, I had spoken to the GM Rep who gave me the same name and number of the nearest GM dealer. Our problem now was getting our truck and RV off the road since it was stalled in a lane of traffic.

As we stood there staring at our problem, another angel appeared on the scene. This young construction worker, driving a black Ford truck, stopped and asked if he could help. He was pulling a utility trailer with his 5th wheel hitch when he passed us, turned around, and came back. He offered to pull our RV to the campground for us. The station manager volunteered to go out and move his vehicle so our angel could leave his utility trailer there while he pulled our RV to the nearby KOA.

After Jay and this "Angel in the black truck" unhitched and rehitched, I rode with him to the KOA. He parked and set up the RV, and then we went back to the Exxon station where Jay was still waiting for the wrecker. Without the weight of the RV to pull, the truck cranked and our "Angel in the black truck" followed us to the campground. He said that he lived out that way. The wrecker later came to the KOA and towed our truck in.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., we were finally able to drive out of the Hoffman automotive shop with a fuel pump installed. We drove back to the Exxon station to try to learn the names of our "angels". We wanted to say thanks and to let others know that genuine caring and brotherly kindness does still exist, even to strangers from Louisiana just passing through.

So to the lady in the white car, Vicki Renner; Exxon station manager, Roy Carbaugh; Exxon employee, Josh Henesy; and our "Angel in the black Ford truck" whose first name we heard, but now can't remember and failed to find out: we are indebted to you all for your help.

And this letter would not be complete without making a statement about the folks at the KOA. They were understanding and helpful as the saga played out over our three day stay with them.

We'll always remember our trip through Williamsport, Maryland and the "angels" we encountered.

Jay and Joan Kennedy

Angie, La.

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