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Letters to the Editor 6/22

June 21, 2000

Lightning may strike

To the editor:

I for one read things in the paper and have to think they're beyond saving. It's no use trying, so I see to it a neighbor gets poppy plants to bring back her childhood, give strawberry pies away and my husband lent a rope to a neighbor for cattle usage.

So what in the world is the city of Hagerstown planting trees (locust) that are known to draw lightning? I can't help it, it's how I was raised. Around here it doesn't appear to be a myth.

Sylvia M. Bealer

Knoxville

No excuses

To the editor:

We set aside a day of remembrance, to honor the brave men and women, who foght for the foundation of freedom we base our country on. We honor not just the people, but the ideas. On Memorial Day, we hang our flags, pay our respects to our dead, and celebrate our freedom.

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On such a day our country is tarnished by the one who should be the ultimate symbol of our freedom, our president. People who justify his immoral and outrageous behavior in office by saying he is just an ordinary man like everyone else, prone to the same temptations as everyone else, are sadly mistaken. Once he takes the oath of office he becomes more than just a man. He becomes President of the United State of America. He becomes the leader of the free world. He should be held to the highest of all standards. As president he becomes a symbol of freedom, not just a man.

Like the eagle is not just a bird, the flag is not just a piece of colored cloth, and the Constitution is not just a piece of paper, the president is not just a man. Our men and women fight for our flag and they fight to protect our Constitution, they fight to honor our symbols. But no one fights for just a man, but they will die to defend a president.

So I ask for everyone to honor our country, remember our fallen heroes, and respect our freedom, but don't make excuses for those who lack the moral character to lead.

Harmon Grove

Sharpsburg

Face the future

To the editor:

In 1800 the population of the earth was one billion. My mother's grandfather, Rev. Andrew Snowberger was born in 1802. He and his wife, Rosanna Snyder Snowberger had 14 children.

I graduated from Johnstown High in 1930. In those 130 years the population of the earth had doubled to two billion. We still had land to produce food. In these 70 years the population of the earth tripled. Now there are six billion humans. Our good farmland is being taken up in housing complexes to store our rapidly growing population.

If in the next 70 years the population should triple again to 18 billion people, using three times as much oxygen and food and water. Think what could happen. The ice and snow of polar regions could melt and cause the ocean levels to take away our shores and the housing that are just feet above present sea levels.

Thoughtful people of all religious bodies must begin to face the future. Old answers like, "Go west and grow up with the country," have a hollow sound today. Six billion people must find a solution to this problem.

E. Paul Weaver

Everett, Pa.

Join MCEA

To the editor:

Although the Bible parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew, Chapter 25) is about spiritual preparation, it also reminds me of Maryland's state employees and the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA).

State employees who are not members of MCEA are not helping themselves and their families prepare for a better tomorrow. They have no "oil in their lamps."

They also fail to realize that they "know neither the day nor the hour" when they will need individual help from MCEA, the finest and most respected organization representing state employees.

Wise state employees will call 1-888-611-6232 (toll free) to ask for MCEA membership applications.

Larry D. Kump

Hagerstown

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