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Letters to the Editor 5/9

May 05, 2000

Taylor for House

To the editor:

I am writing to show my support for Beth Taylor, candidate for Congress for the 2nd Congressional District seat in West Virginia.

I had the pleasure of meeting Taylor two years ago through my good friends Jefferson County Commissioner Al Hooper and wife, Barbara. The Hoopers are also supporting Taylor's candidacy.

I have found Beth Taylor to be a dynamo of energy, as she runs her grass roots campaign throughout the 20 counties of the second district.

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Taylor gets out to meet the people on a one-on-one basis to listen to their needs and to personally express her honest desire to serve all West Virginians. She has worked 27 years in small business, served as Harrison County Commissioner for 10 years and serves on several committees in Washington by national appointment.

Jean Doyle

Charles Town, W.Va.

Cell-phone tower spoils the view

To the editor:

I cannot believe the unmitigated gall of the nationwide tower rental company to ask the County Board of Zoning Appeals to grant it a special exception to build a 190-foot tower (equivalent to a 19-story office building) with four equipment buildings and an eight-foot high chain link fence topped with three strands of barbed wire atop a naturally elevated heavily wooded rural site east of the tiny village of Rohrersville in the southern county.

The site, which is zoned "Conservation" is close to the Appalachian Trail atop South Mountain, in near many of the important locations of the historic Battle of South Mountain and is at the head of the area known ironically as Pleasant Valley.

There could hardly be a more insensitive, objectionable, unnecessary and visually polluting use of a rural, scenic and historic site. There needs to be a large turnout in opposition at the Board of Appeals hearing next Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

Yes, I own substantial acreage adjoining the proposed site and highly visible from it. But there are many other residents in the shadow of the looming monster, some of whom have lived there all of their lives. One of my children lives there, too.

Edgar F. Czarra Jr.

Potomac, Md.

Stadium woes

To the editor:

Why is a publicly subsidized stadium the highest priority of our elected officials? I believe there are far greater needs in this county.

Our state delegation brought us virtually nothing from Annapolis. They did however, burn the midnight oil to raise the hotel tax and cut charity funding with their less than admirable stadium funding legislation. (They called it a sewer debt reduction plan.) Our County Commissioners cannot fully fund the board of education. They do however, plan to raise our property taxes and commit the county to spending $250,000 a year for 30 years (that is $7.5 million) for the stadium. The Hagerstown City Council has agreed to commit an additional $250,000/year. That brings our total city and county contribution to $15 million before cost overruns.

Meanwhile, the private sector contribution has dropped to $3 million from the $7 million that Dick Phoebus promised in the March 1. I wish I was a millionaire so I could have the taxpayers pay for my business ventures.

Joe Lane

Smithsburg

Watch the unions

To the editor:

What's all a-buzz at the Chambersburg Hospital, nowadays? Well, employees are talking among themselves that it's time for contract renewal.

More importantly, the union members of 1199P, SEIU, AFL-CIO were asked to vote on a dues increase of up to $30/month depending on hourly pay.

In the past, when dues were "democratically" voted to be increased, members were told that the vote had passed with a "yes" vote; as other districts were involved; and absentees were a "yes" vote. Democratic, huh?

Coincidentally, this dues increase comes at a time when the political season is getting into a "full swing." In the last national election, monies were given in the national campaign to unions and funneled to the Democrats of about $35 million. In fact, Mr. Sweeney (AFL-CIO president) is pledging $40 million for the 2000 campaign.

Union members are upset about the probable dues increase; but they need to demand from the union a full account of how their dues are being spent, specifically (What are salaries of union officials (CEOS) such as John Sweeney? What perks do they enjoy condos? Limos? Private jets? Retirement benefits?)

If you are not dissatisfied with the answer, then take your voice to another entity; that would be Pennsylvanians for Right to Work on whose board of directors I serve. This is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the rights of workers not to have to join a union nor pay dues to be employed by a company. This group is pushing for legislation for a Right to Work Law in Pennsylvania which would give this choice to workers.

Statistics have been written about the economic advantages of states that have Right to Work Laws. For example, housing rates in three Right to Work States - (Nevada-up 31.9 percent, Idaho-up 15.5 percent, Georgia-up 14.1 percent, as compared to Pennsylvania, a non-Right to Work State-up 4.6 percent (source: Harrisburg Patriot News July 1997).

In job growth, Right to Work States have gained 1.5 million jobs since 1970; while non-Right to Work States have lost more than 2.3 million such jobs (source: Colorado Statesman, March 28, 1997).

For more information about this organization, call 1-717-233-1227. Remember, Liberty and Freedom of Choice is what this country was founded upon, for all to enjoy.

Mary Burkholder

Chambersburg, Pa.

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