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Letters to the Editor 7/26

July 25, 2000

Letters to the Editor 7/26



Environmental fund gets a boost



To the editor:

The Environmental Fund for Maryland would like to thank the Western Maryland residents who contributed to the Fund or one of our 21-member groups in the last year. In particular, state and federal employees through the Maryland Charity Campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign gave more than ever, resulting in a 27 percent increase in overall giving.

More than 75 percent of the money received last year by the Environmental Fund for Maryland came from local, state, federal and private industry employees through payroll deduction in their workplace charity campaigns. Their generous support allows our member groups to continue the education, preservation, advocacy and restoration efforts that are vital to protecting and enhancing Maryland's environment and quality of life.

Noelle Richmond, Executive Director

Marie Kulick, Associate Director

Environmental Fund for Maryland

Baltimore, Md.

We aren't nuts, we are concerned about nation's future



To the editor:

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I suppose that every man has to understand his limits and the limits he can expect his fellow countrymen to go to concerning wrongs done in the name of "national security." I have never been one to sit back idly while injustice runs rampant while decked out in the garb of a federal authority - whether that guise is presidential, legislative or judicial.

Wrong is wrong no matter how much money is pumped into the brew from outside lobbyists, special-interest groups or corporations. Add to the concoction the daily lies the current administration spews forth, the blasphemous condoned murder of the unborn, the massive quantities of immoral activity pushed through the media and the putrid "politically correct" language which perverts our once-great republic. The amount of evil and corruption we Americans are subjected to every day is noxious and is slowly killing our consciences.

Yet if one decries the situation and attempts to alert his fellow countrymen to what is happening, he is branded either a conspiracy theory lunatic, an extremist or a terrorist - all punishable by federal law (look into H.R.666 or H.R. 896 or H.R.1544). I am concerned about the totalitarian state we are allowing ourselves to get into, because I have children and wish them to have the opportunity to experience the freedom this country proclaims to have.

I don't wish their every conversation, e-mail and thought to be monitored and judged by men whom I do not feel are qualified to do such a job - if such a job needs to be done. I certainly do not wish the government to force them to be taught that homosexuality is a normal practice, that it is all right to have pagan and satanic religious books in the school library - but not the Bible, and that there is no concrete truth - everything is personal and subjective - as long as it has no standards that offend anyone else.

I wonder how much blood will have to be sacrificed upon the altar of tyranny before the stench causes us to do something. I wonder how many innocent unborn children will be ripped apart, poisoned and destroyed in the name of greed, inconvenience and irresponsibility. I wonder how many rights we will allow to be taken before we realize we are slaves again. I wonder how much of our financial livelihood will be taxed before we say "Enough is enough!"

I conclude with a quote worthy of the current time, although spoken over 200 years ago: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!" Patrick Henry spoke these moving words March 23, 1775 and I truly feel they are as fitting today as then. The question remains - what shall we do?

Rich Grimm

Hagerstown

Author discovered



To the editor:

Columnist Ann Landers had an interesting July 4 article, "Declaration signers paid a price," for which she said she was unaware of the author.

This is the same article which caused the suspension of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, noted in a separate article in the July 9 Herald-Mail (page A7).

I thought your readers might be interested to learn that this article was recently read on WAMU and apparently the author is Paul Harvey.

Douglas Scott Arey

Hagerstown

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