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Letters to the Editor 10/28

October 27, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/28



Wise's record on abortion



To the editor:

Misleading advertisements have appeared on behalf of Rep. Bob Wise who is now a candidate for the office of governor.

These advertisements imply that "the truth" is that Wise wants to ban "all late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions." Not really. Let's look at the record.

Unlike most Congressmen, Bob Wise voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act again and again. In fact, during the past six years, Bob Wise voted pro-abortion 42 times of 43 abortion-related votes in Congress.

The American Medical Association supported the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, because such abortions are "not good medicine." But Bob Wise didn't support banning such "bad medicine."

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Bob Wise voted against the Hyde Amendment which prohibits the use of federal tax dollars for abortions.

Bob Wise voted against the Child Custody Protection Act to prohibit the taking of a minor across state lines for a secret abortion, behind the parents' back, in order to get around state laws requiring the parents' involvement in the abortion decision.

And Bob Wise voted against Coburn Amendment to prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from testing, developing, and approving abortion drugs, such as RU-486.

Bob Wise says he cosponsored "a ban on all late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions" (House resolutions HR 4284 104th Congress, HR 1032 105th Congress, and HR 2149 106th Congress). But these bills were introduced by one of the pro-abortion leaders in Congress, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). They never came to a vote, because, they were "sham bans." They would not have prevented a single abortion because they contained a "health" exception that would have allowed the abortionist to find an excuse for aborting "any pregnancy." That's the opinion of an expert, Dr. Warren Hern, who performs late-term abortions and wrote a textbook on how to do abortions.

Now your readers have the facts about Bob Wise's record. Now they can make up their own mind.

Karen A. Cross

Executive Director

West Virginia for Life, Inc.

Morgantown, W.Va.




How to save easy-listen station



To the editor:

I share a recent writers sense of lose over the sale of the treasured easy listening station WWMD. There must be thousands of disappointed listeners who have enjoyed that station for years. Think of the loss to the community of this treasure. I simply want to suggest that those who share his feelings shouldn't give up hope. This issue is bigger than it seems.

After all, what will companies and corporations think when they consider Hagerstown and Washington County as a place to begin or relocate their businesses to and see how little we care about easy listening music for their and their children's and their employees enjoyment and entertainment.

What will we do when companies already here who are used to listening to that station start moving out because of its loss.

And what of tourists who are visiting in the area looking for an easy listening station on their radio dials to relax to and find none?

I suggest that the Washington County Commissioners and the Hagerstown City Council get together and take some action. Should we renovate the old station or build a new, state of the art digital stereo one? Who shall we get to do studies and draw up plans? Who can we blame for letting things get this far?

Cost will not be a concern. They'll just get the local politicians to increase the tax on the sale of all things musical in the county. That won't be a problem. The current crop of elected officials are nearly all tax and spenders. Increase the tax on records, cds, cassettes, musical instruments and musical concerts performed in the area. Certainly enough can be raised to fund a return to the airways of easy listening programing equal to or better than that of the former WWMD. (Too bad the former owner didn't think to threaten the city and county with the sale of his station. He, too, could have gotten we taxpayers to increase his prosperity.)

Don't despair; our local politicians will not let this concern go unaddressed. Local and tourist listener contentment and the future economic growth of Washington County and Hagertown is too important.

Edward L. James

Hancock




Give us speed traps



To the editor:

Two wrecks occurred on Northern Avenue this afternoon, caused by speed.

We need help before someone is killed.

Why not a speed trap?

Mary Jane Viar

Hagerstown

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