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Letters to the Editor 8/13

August 11, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/13



Wini DeHaven will be missed



To the editor:

At 5:30 a.m. on July 18, a wonderful humanitarian died. There are no words to express what her passing means. She was the founder and director of the Office of Consumer Advocacy. She hired me six years ago, first on a part-time basis and later as her assistant.

She hired me at a time when I needed to work in mental health since I had recovered from a program at the Brook Lane Psychiatric Center. We worked side by side. Her sense of humor was special and even though it became increasingly difficult for her to breathe, she never complained. She has left her legacy throughout the state and accomplished inroads that nobody else has.

I will miss her more than I can say. Even though I have retired, I plan to go back and try to carry on the work she started.

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Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Peggy Reynolds

Hagerstown

High court alters founders' intent



To the editor:

While we are engaged in arranging our personal interests, the Supreme Court continues to raid our Constitution by discarding the intent of our forefathers' wording and substituting their own radical dictates.

Some radical dictates are as follows: 1. No more God in the public arena. 2. Permission to kill babies. 3. Flag desecration legalized. 4. As of May 22 free speech extended to cover pornography to our children and a deliberate hostility to any and all forms of moral ideals.

Each of the above rulings places our national moral standard on a lower scale and promotes a heathen perspective in our culture.

The Supreme Court majority has made these rulings and there is no force or authority that can rescind these rulings but the court itself.

Therefore, if we would look for a return to freedom and decency we would first have to exercise our responsibility as citizens of a free people to let it be known just where we stand in this the most crucial period of our history since our forefathers pledged their lives, fortunes and their sacred honor in founding a government that gave the utmost freedom to its citizens as would be consistent with a strong moral culture.

With God's help, citizen input can bring a change in the hearts and minds of our Supreme Court justices and our last and only hope for our country's future.

Petitions to the Supreme Court are available upon request from:

D. James Kennedy, Ph. D.

Post Office Box 1950

Fort Lauderdale

Florida 33302-1950

David E. Culler

Boonsboro

Young man, you have a lot to learn about Pecktonville



To the editor:

In regard to the article published in your paper on July 31:

Young man - Josh Poltilove, staff writer, you have a lot to learn. I don't know where you hail from, but let me tell you and all who read your article, that Pecktonville (notice the correct spelling) is a place with a lot of history. Why do you think the county made a park in our little village?

Camp Harding, in Pecktonville, is a quiet, tranquil place where one can go for a morning stroll and not have to keep watch over one's shoulder for muggers or drug dealers. Believe you me, walking in lonely Camp Harding beats stomping the concrete floors at the mall, any day. Oh - about the gnats - well haven't you heard of Avon's "Skin-So-Soft?" It works for Jimmy Carter and anyone else who wishes to use it.

Mr. Poltilove, when you reach the "old" age of 65-75 years, all you have to worry about are gnats in a lonely, boring park, thank God for such a lovely setting.

Now why do you think a mother would bring her family out of Hagerstown with its great City Park, to a quiet, serene park? There she doesn't have to worry about bullets flying in the air or child molesters grabbing one of her precious children.

Get real man. We have a jewel up here in the country and we love it the way it is, so if you can't take the gnats and boresome surroundings, that's fine. Stay in town.

If you really want to know about Pecktonville, I refer you to the "Cracker Barrel" magazine. Mr. Woodring devoted two issues to our great little community. June-July 1997 and Oct.-Nov. 1997.

Lola Miller

Big Pool

Old medicine might be toxic



To the editor:

I noted the July 14 "Report: Sprawl will overwhelm Chesapeake Bay" warned suburban developments will envelope an additional 3,500 square miles of open land in the bay's watershed over the next quarter century, adding highways, parking lots and traffic that will increase pollution and runoff that harms bay health.

However, containing sprawl is just part of the problem, and there was no mention of side effects from sprawl. Although not widely noticed, recent research reports suggest human drugs are ending up in our lakes and streams, which lead to the bay. Instead of flushing antibiotics and other medicines and cosmetics down the commode as suggested by Hints from Heloise (Dec. 31, 1999 Herald-Mail, page C2), they should be disposed of as if they were toxic wastes.

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