Letters to the Editor 3/9

March 08, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/9

Even foes of No. 3 feel the loss

To the editor:

Well the NASCAR community is in mourning again. Dale Earnhardt, also known as the Intimidator, died as the result of his accident in the Daytona 500. With my years of growing up and being a Rusty Wallace fan, I could not stand how he raced. I thought that is was cheating and dirty of him. But also, growing up and knowing that my father was an Earnhardt fan, we will always teased each other on "who's the man," when it came to pole qualifying or who won the race.

And to see the proud look in my father's eyes when Earnhardt won the pole or a race of championship, it was worth it.

But on Feb. 18, it all changed. Instead of proud looks on NASCAR fans, it was sad looks, tears and the pain. This man was only 49 years old and to die like that is no way to go. When he wrecked, I kept telling my father, he is going to be all right.


We have seen him wreck bad before.

But believe me, I was shocked out of my mind when I heard that he had died as a result of the accident.

Now, what makes me really mad is how cruel people are being with all of this. First of all, to whoever is in the chat rooms of America Online saying that Earnhardt got what he deserved or he had it coming to him, you need to grow up. No on needs to die like that. Yes he raced dirty, but it was all hardcore racing on that day and Earnhardt was trying to keep everyone back so that his two cars could finish first and second.

And as the result, Earnhardt died.

Also there are threats that Sterling Marlin is getting from people saying that it was his fault, that he caused the wreck and killed Earnhardt. Guess what people, it wasn't. Like I said before, they were racing close all day and it was just a racing error. Earnhardt was just having fun and as a result he died from it.

All of this is coming from a racing fan who has never liked how Earnhardt raced and is a big Rusty Wallace fan. But over the years I grew to have more respect for Earnhardt.

So, to the Earnhardt family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. And to Dale Earnhardt, may you rest in peace with Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Neil Bonnett, Kenny Irwin, Adam Petty and Tony Roper.

God is going to have fun with you and everyone else. Lap everyone up in heaven, while the whole world thinks about you and misses you. You were a great man and you will be missed by your fans. Race day will never be the same again. To Dale Earnhardt Jr., the best of luck to you and to your future.

Teri M. Lescalleet


Smithsburg vehicles seen in Hagerstown

To the editor:

I am a resident of Smithsburg. I frequently drive around Hagerstown and I also work in Hagerstown. You're thinking no big deal, right? Well it's a big deal when you see your town's emergency medical service units are in Hagerstown.

I have seen a unit marked "Advanced Life Support" parked in the Valley Mall parking lot. I didn't mistake it for a Hagerstown unit either. In nice bold letters I saw "Smithsburg Emergency Medical Service." Now how is that doing Smithsburg any good?

On another occasion, I have seen an ambulance, advanced life support and a Ford Explorer, all marked "Smithsburg Emergency Medical Service" parked in the Denny's parking lot. Once again, how is it doing Smithsburg residents any good?

I'm getting irritated with these little incidents of seeing them in Hagerstown. I hope that they realize that someone could die because they are not in the area. They can rest assured that if it's a family member of mine who dies and I find out they were in Hagerstown when the call went in, I will sue them up one side and down the other.

Tom Andrews


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