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Letters to the Editor 8/28

August 28, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/28



Unions have benefited all



To the editor:

To the gentlemen who wrote in the editorial page Aug. 12 and titled "Unions no longer needed:"

I think you need to go back in time 75 years or more. If you were not alive in this era, then might I suggest you do some research. Conditions in the work place were deplorable. Wages were low and hours were long. Corporations in auto, steel and coal were reaping in huge profits due to the backbreaking, sweat producing, manually laboring men and women of this country.

Therefore, unions began to strengthen and come to the aid of these men and women. The results were higher wages, better conditions, fewer hours and vacation pay. These benefits are still enjoyed today, not because corporate America is concerned, but because unions have mandated it so.

In conclusion, if you are a fan of corporate America and a foe of organized labor, might I suggest you move overseas and witness working conditions similar to those of our country more than 75 years ago. The American worker must continue to prosper and gain from union deeds: past, present and future.

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Chris Perkins

President D-208

Hagerstown




Prosperous event



To the editor:

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank the residents of Franklin County for their support of the Fourth Annual Ladies Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament. We again had the support of many area businesses and individuals for hole, cart and patron sponsorships as well as prize and raffle donations.

Of course, we would not have been able to have this tournament without the ladies who registered to play in the tournament and I would like to thank the 128 players for their participation.

This event raised approximately $9,000. This would not have been possible without the support and dedication of the volunteers on the tournament committee. They worked hard and should be commended for a job well done. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Penn National Golf Course and its wonderful staff. Their cooperation and help were greatly appreciated.

As always, funds raised through this event will be used for life-saving research, community education programs such as Tell A Friend and of course the emotional and financial support of cancer patients in Franklin County.

Thank you again Franklin County for your continued support of the American Cancer Society.

Holly Burkett

Field Representative, ACS

Chambersburg, Pa.




Men never get a break



To the editor:

Whatever happened to the equal rights amendment that says we are all treated equal?

It seems as though whenever there is an incident involving a domestic dispute, marriage breakup etc., the police and other law officials seem to be all for the woman when they are contacted or called.

They don't like to hear the man's point of view or story concerning the problem. Law officials seem to blame the man for everything involving the marriage breakup or whatever the dispute may be.

They don't want to admit it or face the fact that there are disputes or breakups when the woman is at fault. Also, I don't think or believe the "child support paying plan" is fair to both parties or parents. Mainly the domestic relation officials don't seem to care if the male parent has any money or income at all to live on. I feel or believe the child support payment plan is unfair.

I think if the woman is at fault over the marriage breakup she would be liable or should be liable to pay some child support to the male parent, not the male parent paying it all to the woman.

Pete Seville

Greencastle, Pa.

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