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Letters to the Editor 2/7

February 08, 2001

Letters to the Editor 2/7



Too much power in too few people



To the editor:

It is not unusual to read sentences like "A senator or a congressman from so-and-so state being the most powerful person in Washington, D.C." This sounds really strange to me, considering that in a true democracy, power lies with the people. Personal power is associated only with the despot or a king who considers himself above the law, and in fact he makes the law.

In a democracy we are supposed to conduct ourselves within the law and in this no one can claim any more power than the rest. It must be remembered that an elected person is given the privilege to act on behalf of people, but nonetheless stay within the law. The article in the Jan. 5 Daily Mail illustrates my point. "A lot of projects wouldn't have happened here if not for him. He was one of the most powerful people in Washington."

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Does this statement mean that Rep. Bud Shuster took away money that was needed somewhere else? If not, then he was merely doing his duty. The sooner we stop talking about an elected person being powerful, the sooner we will achieve a true democracy.

Admittedly, in the private sector there are powerful people who fire an employee for just not liking the person, but this is beside the point.

S.V. Yumlu

Hagerstown




Great experience



To the editor:

The staff of Healthy Families Washington County would like to offer its sincere thank you to those individuals, clubs and groups, who supported our first "Adopt-A-Family" efforts for Christmas 2000.

The outpouring of generosity and Christmas spirit touched more than 40 families. We, the staff, were happily overwhelmed by the boxes, bags and baskets of gifts, and delivered carloads of clothing, books, food, personal items and gift certificates all over the county.

It was a wonderful experience for everyone. Thank you for your generosity.

Markella Maschas

Program Manager

Healthy Families

Washington County




Bush's actions aren't promising



To the editor:

I wanted to believe George Bush when he pledged to unify the country rather than divide it. But before he had been in office a week he demonstrated by his actions that these were just words.

John Ashcroft and Gale Norton do not represent the opinions of a majority of Americans. And canceling aid to organizations offering family planning overseas certainly doesn't either.

Bush ignores the fact that our money would not go for funding abortions but for a service that American women take for granted. Denying other women the same access to family planning discriminates against women, goes against the need to control world population, and means that many more women will want abortions. So tell me why we should trust anything our new president says? Wait for the act.

Katherine Sweeny

Hagerstown




Honest service



To the editor:

In these days of the fast deal and quick buck, I thought the citizens of Washington County should know that there is a truly unique and honest car facility right in their midst. This facility is Bryd Tire and Auto on the Dual Highway.

I have a Honda Civic as a down-the-road car. It is an old car (1987) with over 112,000 miles on it. Due to me usually always being short of funds, my father normally has this car serviced elsewhere. During the summer I noticed something leaking out of the back. My father got an estimate at another place here in Hagerstown and was told it would be $1,000 to fix the problem. Since the car was only worth $500 on a trade-in and has a blue book value of about $750, it did not make sense to invest that amount of money in the repairs.

Since I get my good car serviced at Byrd Tire, I thought I would get an estimate from them for the repair. After examining the car, Ed and a technician estimated that it would be $600 to fix the problem. We told them to go ahead with the repair. We were truly surprised when we picked up the car to find the final cost just under $200. This was truly appreciated. Even if the car lasts me just through this winter, it will be well worth that expense. The honesty of Ed and his staff was unique in this day and age but truly appreciated.

I would not hesitate to recommend the technicians at Byrd Tire and Auto to anyone seeking a truly honest car repair facility.

Cynthia J. Shank

Hagerstown

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