Letters to the Editor 3/10

March 09, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/10

Penny Nigh: A fresh voice for Hagerstown

To the editor:

It is natural to hear complaints, year in and year out, concerning elected officials that we voted for who have not lived up to their campaign promises.

It is both discouraging and disgusting, isn't it? No doubt your answer is "yes." You get to the point where you think to yourself, "What's the use?"

We have all been there at one tome or another but it doesn't have to be that way. We need to be reminded that we have a choice and a say in the matter.


Wouldn't it be a breath of fresh air to vote for and be a part of electing someone who is not looking to benefit themselves through ulterior motives? Someone will represent all, equally and fairly who come forward with legitimate problems.

Someone who doesn't promise the moon, which is unattainable, but will work hard to make the city a better place to live.

Someone who does not cater just to a select few. I know first hand that Penny High guts that description. Over the past few years Penny has put herself and her family at risk with her efforts in fighting drug dealers and the like in hopes of making this city a safer place for all to live.

She has worked closely with law enforcement on this most serious problem and priority issue. She is active in the HotSpot initiative and with the Neighborhood Watch. She is active in attending city council meetings.

She is not one-dimensional. Penny knows and understands the issues that need attended to and has enough intelligence to make the proper, positive and productive decisions that will benefit all.

To all of you union brothers and sisters out there, Penny was brought up in a union household and environment and believes that everyone, union or not, should be afforded the opportunity to make a decent living for themselves and their families with respect and dignity.

How bad do you really want a change? Bad enough to vote? If so, please vote Penny Nigh for city council on March 13. I write these things about Penny because I know her well.

Penny is my sister and I appreciate her efforts to try to make the City of Hagerstown a better place to life for all residents.

Gary Swartz

Former President

Local #842 U.A.W.

Don't ignore Penny in Tuesday vote for city council

To the editor:

To the editor: Penny Nigh for city council is my choice on Tuesday, March 13 . She is a member of neighborhood Crime Watch and believes the people should have a say in city government. She will also be there, if elected, to help solve your problems.

She has also attended most council meetings in the past 18 months so don't ignore her just because she listed her occupation as a housewife and parent.

I'm asking all my friends in the city to help with their support for our daughter, Penny Nigh.

Bob and Rita Poole


Michael Nehring: Why I'm running

To the editor:

Throughout the past two months, I have spoken with citizens from many walks of life about this city, their concerns, and their hopes for its future. I have been gratified and educated by their perspectives.

The consensus: Hagerstown is a fantastic city, and a wonderful place to raise a family. While we have problems that need to be addressed, and concerns that need to be raised, the elements that bring us together as a people make Hagerstown a city like no other in Maryland.

It is this sense of community that has led me to be a candidate for Hagerstown's City Council. I have grown up around Hagerstown, having lived in Smithsburg since 1983. I received by bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and my law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

After I completed my education, there was no doubt that I would return to the area. I have worked in this city since 1994, and have been a city resident since 1996. I have been proud to make Hagerstown my home, and I have never felt less than welcome. Now, at this stage in my life, I want to give something back to the community that has given me so much.

Hagerstown has always been a city that benefits from diversity, and that is reflected in its leaders. I would not be running if I did not feel strongly that the voice of my generation will contribute to the makeup of the Council.

It is vital that our City Council be composed of different voices, with different viewpoints, from different generations.

The two themes I keep coming back to in this race are these: Fiscal responsibility and accountability. The first, fiscal responsibility, should be the keystone of any legislative body's ethos.

Tax funds are not a gift to the government; if anything, they are a loan. The people have a right to expect something for their money, and to expect that their money will be well-used. The people are the boss, and we work for them.

This flows in to my second theme: Accountability. As the boss, the people have a right to check on the job we are doing for them, to make suggestions or complaints, and to expect those comments to be factored in to future decisions.

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