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Letters to the Editor 12/21

December 21, 2000

Letters to the Editor 12/21



Get the spirit



To the editor:

I am writing this letter because I am concerned about the Christmas spirit in Washington County. I have been to the mall recently and I must say I am disappointed that the sleigh in front of Penney's isn't getting any fuller than the last time.

I also visited Reeder's Memorial Home in Boonsboro and that poor family is going to be disappointed on Christmas Day. There is even a list of what they want. Ages, clothes sizes, toys, etc. And bless her heart, the mother has requested nothing. But if people don't start responding soon, they will all be getting nothing. Christmas is only days away. How would your kids feel if they woke up with nothing or darn little under their tree? How would you feel?

Could you sacrifice presents and a dinner for your kids and you? The next time you're out and you are buying that 10th present for your child, think about that child that will have one or none to open. The next time you are buying your child their 10th pair of sneakers or shoes think about the kids still wearing a pair three years old. Poverty stricken families are not all lazy and dependent on welfare.

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Some of us are there by no choice of our own. I wrecked my jeep in June and I have not worked since then. There will be no Christmas at my house this year. I am not complaining or whining; I am simply stating facts. My two teenagers are OK with it. We have everything we need and want. My only need is to see people sacrifice and donate more toys clothes, coats, hats, gloves, blankets, food and not cheap dollar store toys. Give something nice, that your own child would want. If your kids have five coats, donate a couple to the Salvation Army or any coat drive or make up your own.

Christmas is for giving, not receiving. Jesus taught us that when he was born. God gave us his only son. Teach your kids that now. Go to Ames or Wal-Mart in the pharmacy and pick some name.

But don't just pick them, fill a cart for them. Their names are on this tree for a reason. Not everybody is out to defraud the system. Thank you for reading this and I hope I have touched you in some way. And have a Merry Christmas. And try to attend a candlelight service. They are wonderful.

Sharon Magoun

Hagerstown

Country isn't music



To the editor:

With the recent demise of the only "easy listening" radio station in the four-state area, one can scan both the AM and FM dial and can find only talk, rock or hillbilly "music" (call it what you want, but listen to the words, and it can only be called hillbilly).

What a shame that in an industry as big as radio is, that no one can offer a format of good music.

Thomas E. Fallon Sr.

Hagerstown

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