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Letters to the Editor 12/7

December 06, 2000

Letters to the Editor 12/7



County needs lesson in respect



To the editor:

Veterans are a gift to our country. More than that, they have given each one of us a great gift - the very country in which we live in peace and freedom. Even those who have stood ready without being called to battle have put their lives on the line for us.

We must never forget the debt of gratitude we owe to them, and we should never fail to show that gratitude in ways that can be readily perceived: Personal respect for individuals, pride in our nation which they have so faithfully served, and appropriate display of our flag which they have so valiantly defended.

It was disturbing to see so few American flags in evidence of Veteran's Day in Washington County, and worse to see unit after unit in the October Mummer's Parade whose color guards neither presented the flag properly, nor carried it with suitable decorum. While this doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of respect or gratitude, it does point to the clear need for improvement in the way we communicate these sentiments, and in our desire to do so.

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A cooperative community effort is in order, one that involves families, schools, businesses and local government. A comprehensive program (many parts of which are already in place) would include:

Interactive flag protocol education by our service organizations.

Color guards from our schools, chosen on a weekly rotating basis, to raise City Hall and County Courthouse flags each school day.

Color guards for daily flag raising at all county schools.

Flags made available at cost by local merchandisers for sale to the community by our school children.

Holiday flag ceremonies with city and county sponsorship.

Sponsorship by area businesses of a military tattoo, Army band concert, or the like, on an annual basis, in anticipation of Veteran's Day.

We should be ever mindful of the sacrifices these men and women have made on our behalf, and strive to educate our children in the understanding of the role they have played in our country's history. Their service has allowed our country to prosper, and it has allowed each of us to enjoy the fruits of that prosperity.

Angie Scheerer

Hagerstown




Gore in 2004



To the editor:

The time has come for Al Gore to concede the election. At this time it will be to his political advantage for the year 2004.

No man is perfect. As George Bush serves as president, he will make many decisions. Some decisions will be wrong and many will be controversial. With the news media's penchant for sensationalism, his mistakes will be illuminated and badgered beyond political repair. His critics will be hovering as buzzards over carrion.

Consequently, a second term in 2004 may certainly be viewed as an improbability - at which time Al Gore will be a shoe-in as the next president.

Paul C. Helm

Hagerstown




Maybe they are a bunch of jerks



To the editor:

After reading the articles about CRS funding speech by Mr. Nye and the reply by City Councilman McClure, that it made the council look like a "bunch of jerks" - well all I can say is, if the shoe fits, wear it.

C.E. Buhl

Hagerstown

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