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Letters to the Editor 4/11

April 10, 2000

Confederate flag teaches good morals

To the editor:

I'm writing about the issue of the Confederate flag on the capitol building of South Carolina. People say that it is a symbol or racism but, in fact, it is a part of American history. There are families who have ancestors who died for the Confederate flag, as for Old Glory as well.

You can't erase American history because if you do then you have no self-morale or self-pride. It's not the flag that hates, it is some of the people out there. The reason why people want this flag down is because they don't want to teach morals or respect anymore. People just need to explain history and the political gain behind the wars.

If people would take a little more time to teach morals, then we would all understand history. If we have enough disrespect and take down the Confederate flag then we should go ahead and take the apple out of the American pie.

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Travis Nutter

Hancock

Care for sick is a priority

To the editor:

I hope existing conditions in hospitals and nursing homes are being recognized and altered. Mainly, there are not enough care givers for the number of patients.

In no way am I putting down nurses or aides. They carry a heavy load and are not always appreciated and deserve more pay. Caring for the sick and dying is no easy job, nor should it be taken lightly. Because of understaffing, patients may have to sit several hours before being put back to bed. Some cannot speak or change their positions.

This can hurt and be hard on their nerves. Some have tracheotomy tubes, feeding tubes, catheters, etc., which require special attention. These can be breeding places for infection. Many need fed which requires extra time and should not be hurried.

Our elderly have already given their years and talents, probably with much sacrifice through the years. They have children and grandchildren who are now in the work force. They should be a priority.

One day, God may ask certain people, Why! was the issue neglected? I hope they come up with a good answer.

Those caring for the sick will be blessed and rewarded. I will continue my prayers for them as I have walked in their shoes.

Frances Moats

Hagerstown

Preservation is being ignored

To the editor:

I dare the Washington County Commissioners to strengthen the preservation processes. Maybe I should triple dare them to stand up to the developers and the development consultants, who put big bucks into local election campaign coffers.

It's ironic that I chose April Fools' Day to write this letter. I hope I am not responding to an "AFD" joke. If not, Commissioner Iseminger is to be applauded for allowing himself to be quoted in print that the time has come to tighten up the regulations concerning demolition. The last County Commissioner to make such a proposal is no longer in office.

Historic preservationists are always so polite in their approach to this issue, suggesting that education will help to solve the problem.

That's nice, but at this point the appeal to higher ethics has lost luster in the face of those who scoff at the architecture or historical significance of anything that is not now under construction. And, the attitude of the county staff, who fail to enforce the meager regulations that do exist, is a matter of public record.

Let's face facts. It took a lot of volunteer hours from preservationists, and the insistence of a former elected official to allow the volunteers access, to get information on these properties entered into the county planning database. There is no polite description for an attitude that ignores the data and belittles the effort to make it available.

Plus, if some teeth are written into the process, those of us who comprehend the advantages of preserving our heritage will need to be vigilant. Remember the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, which I call the "Hokey Pokey Law."

They put the teeth in, they took the teeth out, and they fooled us all around. That what it's all about. Folks, it's time to insist on saving our history and support the part of our economy that has made Washington County a marketable destination worth visiting.

Ryanna L. Waugh

Williamsport

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