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January 21, 2000

White and proud

To the editor:

I'm writing in response to the Leonard Pitts article about the Confederate flag. This country was founded by Caucasian Americans and being white is not a dirty word.

I'm tired of Pitts laying on a guilt trip about everything white. I'm proud of my heritage, and I think it is time to take a stand against the constant criticism.

If Leonard Pitts, the N.A.A.C.P. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson had their way, the roles would be reversed. There are a lot more problems in the black community that need attention than the Confederate flag.

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We as a society are not perfect, and we will always have our differences of opinion, knowing that there is a difference should be mutually respected.

Adam E. Paul

Hagerstown

New format insults readers

To the editor:

Moving the local news to the front section of The Daily Mail was a bad decision, worse even than putting the University of Maryland downtown.

Your coverage of national news was never in depth, but at least a busy reader could scan the front page to keep abreast of the most important stories of our times.

Now you have abandoned even the pretext of being a legitimate daily paper. Readers now have to wade through pages of local tidbits, birthday announcements and the happenings from various neighborhoods before getting to important news.

So why include national news at all? Why not make the paper weekly instead of daily, and only report local news? Readers could then subscribe to a "real" newspaper for their daily news, and get the Hagerstown paper for a weekly update on local events and concerns.

I am even more appalled at your decision to waste an entire page on wrestling. This is a total dumbing down of journalism. What will be next? A beanie baby page? A monster truck page? Why not bingo or Pokemon? Your staff really could not find anything in the entire nation more worthy of coverage than a fake sport that appeals to the most plebeian tastes?

The new format is an insult to your readers. We are not all preoccupied with the minutiae of our little lives. Please give us some credit and prioritize the news correctly.

Gail Barrett

Hagerstown

Fine care to the end

To the editor:

"And it is in dying that we are born in to eternal life;" and so it was for our mother Helen Mason as her life ended on Nov. 23, 1999. She took her last breath in her home at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehab Center and went to her new home with our Lord.

In her last few hours on earth, we, her daughters, were witness to a most respectful group of people - Dr. Senecal, the nurses, the technicians, the ambulance crews of Chambersburg Hospital, and the nurses and C.N.A.s at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehab Center, we appreciate and thank you for your thoughtfulness in those last hours of sadness and grief.

To Monsignor Brenner of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Chambersburg, Pa., and Father Glick of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Hancock, Md., thank you for the love and prayers you said with us and for us in mom's last hours and into her final interment in St. Peter's Cemetery on Nov. 26, 1999.

To all our dear friends, co-workers and family members who have stood by us with their sentiments of love and prayers for us and our mom, we thank you one and all.

May God bless each and everyone of you because you have shared in our sorrow and in our happiness as well; for we know mom's suffering is over and she is with Our Lord in Heaven.

Mary Burkholder (Chambersburg, Pa.)

Patty Patterson (Falling Waters, W.Va.)

Jeannie Fox (Hancock, Md.)

Zita Ritchick (Hagerstown)

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