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Letters to the Editor 2/17

February 16, 2001

Letters to the Editor 2/17



Billboards set a bad example



To the editor:

As long-time subscribers to your newspaper, we feel that we have the right to voice our opinion on the recently hung billboard ads for your paper.

We just returned to our home from traveling north on U.S. 11 from State Line to Greencastle and read the billboard with a very small child peering into the paper tube announcing that the paper's here.

You should never portray a child no bigger than that one alone along a road where the paper tubes are placed for the convenience of the delivery person and rightly so.

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That is a very poor example and sends a wrong message that children no bigger than the one pictured, should be checking for the paper without an adult.

We believe more consideration should go into advertising.

Donald and Carolyn Hykes

Greencastle, Pa.




Loans have tax benefits



To the editor:

That was a splendid article by Lynn F. Little on the perils, care and feeding of home equity loans today. But I noted one key point omitted - tax aspects.

An equity loan on your home may or may not be a good idea for you, but for joint filers - up to $100,000 may be tax deductible ($50,000 for single filers). Most of us term this as a tax "loophole," since general interest was deleted as a tax deduction some years ago. Yet in most cases, you can still deduct home equity interest within these limits no matter what you use this money for. Incidentally, if you make a home equity loan and use all proceeds for investment or business purposes - all such interest is deductible - even over limits.

P.S. Remember the old adage, never go to any income tax preparer who offers to provide a larger refund. Yet, one national outfit is touting larger refunds than another firm. For shame! That's almost as bad as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter hiring former President Clinton to speak to their annual meeting. Wonder if his topic was: "How to make money in rural vacation real estate" (i.e. Whitewater). No, that'd be Hillary I suspect. But she could also cover book-writing and livestock futures.

David L. Woods

Middleway, W.Va.




State doesn't protect our guns



To the editor:

Last year we were all reminded that Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the constitution with the issuance of the Maryland quarter. However, how many of you know that Maryland is one of only seven states that has no wording in its state constitution that gives its citizens protection of their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms?

Recently numerous legislators have been questioning last year's "gun safety" bill our illustrious governor rammed through the legislature. Even Speaker Cas Taylor is now wondering if they were duped into passing a "de facto" gun ban because of the requirements that the manufacturer provide a spent shell casing and other info, with each hand gun sold after Oct. 2, 2000.

I have visited several gun shops and made a couple of calls. I have yet to find one handgun available for sale that meets these new requirements.

Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services stated in a news article that 17 different manufacturers have complied with this new law. However, I do not believe this! If this is true, then Shipley won't mind making this list public. Also the name and town of the gun shops and types of handguns involved.

It has become painfully obvious that Maryland is being taken over by left-wing radicals who want to disarm the Maryland citizens.

We can no longer trust them to tell the truth. Please write to your state delegates and senators and insist that this guarantee be put into the Maryland Constitution. This bill would only need a 3/5 majority in the legislature. The governor could not veto this! He would then be required to put the bill to a vote of the people on the next state election ballot. Polls say that more than 70 percent of the people agree that citizens have a right to use guns to protect themselves, if they choose. The time is right! The need is urgent! Thank you.

James E. Izer

Hagerstown




Trashy show



To the editor:

If "Survivor" is entertainment, who needs it? It is nothing but a trashy show. I've seen enough belly buttons and behinds. I don't care to look at skin shows. What else is new? Big joke. No wonder our young people think everybody lives like that.

I am glad I know how to turn off the TV, so I can listen to "smooth jazz" on the radio.

Mrs. James Kearney

Martinsburg, W.Va.

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