letters to the editor 12/3/00

December 01, 2000

Letters to the Editor 12/3

Thanks for publishing tribute to our veterans

To the editor:

To: Marlo Barnhart,

On behalf of all of the residents and co-workers here at Homewood I would like to thank you, the photographer, and The Herald-Mail for the article you published honoring our veterans.

I am not sure if words can express the great deed that your organization has done for our residents. You would not believe how happy and excited they were yesterday after reading the paper.

From my perspective I have observed a sense of healing that has taken place here. All of our veterans were emotionally wounded. This tribute you paid to them has created an opportunity for them to share about a painful part of their lives that has been buried for a long time. Now they have something very positive to focus on instead. Many of our independent living residents shared the paper with the residents who live in our nursing home. It has really bonded us together as a community.


At a time in our history when the whole country has been complaining about the media and press coverage of our national election our community wants you to know that we have the utmost respect for your organization and will be forever grateful for what you have done for our residents.

Stephanie Schlapo

Wellness Center Coordinator

Homewood Center


Electoral college opens our elections to crooked business

To the editor:

Let me see if I have this right. Let's suppose there are 1 million people in the United States.

For the sake of argument, only 900,000 of those 1 million people in the U.S. are registered voters. The 100,000 who aren't registered voters are either homeless or just choose not to register or for some reason or another did not get to register.

Now, let's say that there are five states in this United States of ours. These states' names are 1,2,3,4 and 5.

The population of state No. 1 is 200,000 and carries with it 25 electoral votes. The population of state No. 2 is 200,000 and carries with it 22 electoral votes.

The population of state No. 3 is 200,000 and carries with it 10 electoral votes. The population of state No. 4 is 150,000 and carries with it three electoral votes.

The population of state No. 5 is 250,000 and carries with it 15 electoral votes.

Now, for the sake of argument, each state has an equal amount of non-registered votes, 20,000 each.

If an election was held in these United States for president of these states and to win this presidency a candidate must win at least 51 percent of the popular vote. Now, in case of a tie, a candidate can win by carrying the majority of the electoral votes.

It seems pretty clear to me how a candidate can win an election at this point, other than, why an electoral college is needed.

Let me help you see this a little more clearly. Candidate John received 540,000 votes and Candidate Ralph received 360,000 votes. Now, of the electoral votes, Candidate John won three of the five states (3, 4 and 5), for a total of 28 electoral votes.

Candidate Ralph won two of the five states (states 1 and 2), for a total of 47 electoral votes. Are you with me so far?

If one candidate can win the popular vote and another candidate wins the electoral vote, why would the candidate with the majority of the electoral votes win a presidency?

Is it because the Electoral College has factored in the non-registered population? Looking at the numbers above, that cannot be, if the presidency is based on the popular vote.

Is the Electoral College based on a fictitious group of numbers somewhere? If so, why?

Our justice system seems to allow for the total manipulation of laws already set forth (all laws are made to be broken). A law-biding citizen doesn't stand a chance in this corrupt way of doing things.

John L. Howard Sr.

Greencastle, Pa.

'Break the Cycle' program is broken

To the editor:

The irony. On page B5 of the Nov. 1 Daily Mail we read about the search for a cop killer, whowe have subsequently learned had 72 probation violations, including some five dozen urine testing violations. (See the Nov. 10, 2000 Washington Post article, Maryland Probation is Failing Expectations:, on pages B1 and B5 to confirm this.)

And on page B3 of the same day's Daily Mail we read of a Hagerstown man who was sentenced to 18 months in the detention center for violating his probation for just four urine testing violations.

Since both probationers were in Kennedy-Townsend's "Break the Cycle" program, it sounds like Break the Cycle has two separate standards of justice depending on whether you live in Washington County, where probation agents to their jobs, or elsewhere, where this is not the case!

Douglas Scott Arey

MCIH #130196 A-1-A-20


Clean-up too late

To the editor:

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