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Letters to the Editor 12/30

December 29, 2000

Letters to the Editor 12/30



No loophole exists in 2nd Amendment



To the editor:

Mr. Grimm said it well in his letter of Dec. 14. To supplement his comments regarding the 2nd Amendment:

The Second Amendment clearly declares the reason and the purpose for its existence. Regrettably, Second Amendment adherents tend to focus exclusively on "purpose" and ignore the infinitely more significant "reason."

The "reason" is stated in the phrase, "being necessary to the security of a free State." State, in this context of being relevant to inherent individual rights, is irrefutably the first definition of that word in my dictionary: The condition of a person or thing, as with respect to circumstances or attributes. Consequently, that phrase is clearly declaring the need to ensure the condition (state) of freedom of the individual. The state, as a body politic, has absolutely no relevance in the context of this phrase.

To attain this goal, the "purpose" of the Second Amendment was explicitly stated in the phrase 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The law (Constitution) says "shall", an absolute affirmation of what must happen. There is no loophole, no qualifications permitting restrictions of that right.

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Therefore, it logically follows that the myriad laws and regulations effectively limiting that right are illicit and have no Constitutional authorization. Repeal is the correct action; not additional laws/regulations purportedly designed to give to us that which is already guaranteed by the Constitution.

George Rouzer

Chambersburg, Pa.




Blood saves lives



To the editor:

For many years I have been reading and hearing about the need for blood by the American Red Cross. To give blood is a very painless act. It helps anyone and everyone, (with the right type of blood, of course).

I gave before I went to Vietnam, during Vietnam and after Vietnam. If I could do so today, I would.

However in the early 80s, I had testicular cancer. Since then I have found out that as bad as I want to give, I can't. I can't believe there aren't more willing donors.

Please people, take up the charge. Everyone must know a cancer survivor, a potential donor who can't. Please fill the void. Please take our place and help. Save a life, possibly your own.

Bruce Lloyd Wren II

Hagerstown




Don't forget this historic conflict



To the editor:

Dec. 16, is the date, thanks to the History Channel, for remembering the start of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. Yes it is the holiday season and I feel that on this date we should always remember the brave men who fought, suffered and gave their lives there in the cold weather.

We commemorate the dates of D-Day, Pearl Harbor, the battle of Antietam, and yet when Christmas time comes around each year, we are busy shopping and preparing for the holidays.

How little is spoken of, or remembered about the cold and snow of the Battle of the Bulge and the continuing of battles long past New Year's. God bless those brave men who fought, suffered and died there.

F.D. Miles

Hagerstown




Who are you to be so arrogant?



To the editor:

This goes out to the big bad officer who was called for a snowball throwing on Elm Street around 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 12. Who do you think you are? Just because you have an officer's uniform does not give you the right to treat people like garbage.

There were kids throwing snowballs at a girl and her mother called you all to help stop it. When you arri9ved they started blaming my son who wasn't even involved. As a matter of fact, he wasn't even here.

I came outside and wanted to know why and what they were saying about my son and you wanted to arrest me. You didn't even want to hear what I had to say.

You just kept ordering me to get inside my house or I was going to be under arrest. Let me tell you something: I did what you wanted me to do. I went inside and I waited for you to come to me. And boy are you lucky, I was going to answer the door and then slam it right in your face.

I didn't need to be treated like that. Besides, what were you going to arrest me for anyway? I was just asking why my son's name was brought up. I got news for you: Don't ever come near me or my house because you just might get the door.

Jacqueline K. Sprecher

Hagerstown




I'm outraged



To the editor:

I am outraged that some people are still saying "every vote didn't count." I have read where the NAACP and Reverend Jessie Jackson said that thousands of African-American votes were not counted in Florida.

Well, Reverend, let me ask you this, what happened to the thousands of absentee ballots from people in the military that weren't counted? I seem to recall CNN and every other major broadcasting company saying that the absentee ballots were discarded all because they didn't have a postmark! Why would they need a postmark? If I am correct, military mail is usually delivered for free.

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