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Letters to the Editor 3/14

March 13, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/14



Blues Jam at HCC Sunday



To the editor:

We would like to announce an upcoming Blues Jam Benefit to help pay the medical expenses of a young child who has leukemia, 4-year-old Ethan Morningstar.

The Jam will be held Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. at the Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater on Robinwood Drive.

The performing bands will include Duffy Kane, 2 Blue Ensemble, Rudy and The Bluefish, The Blue Comets, The Rhythm Kings, The Push, The Backroads Band and Stephen Britton & Friends.

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Food and drinks will be available; tickets are $15 and available in advance at the following Hagerstown locations:

The Guitar Room, Carpenter's World of Music, Machen Music and the Washington County Arts Council on Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.

They are also available in Martinsburg at The Guitar Room.

For more information, call Jeff Britton at 301-791-9737 or call 301-432-6803.

Tom Borum

Hagerstown




Where's the outrage?



To the editor:

Come on now, where's the outrage? I've been waiting for the NAACP to express its usual shock and anger over Senator Byrd's remarks, but so far I have heard nothing. Had he been a Republican, they would be howling for his resignation.

I suggest they change their name to the NAADCP - interjecting the D for Democratic. The same thing applies to the NOW - where were they when their little sisters were defiled by Clinton and Jesse Jackson?

Time for another name change - NODW. That's not quite as catchy though is it?

Wouldn't fit on the little round signs quite the same way. Its time that these organizations are recognized for what they are, nothing but branches of the Democratic Party. They should be forced to add "D" because they do not support the rights of all the people. Only the Ds.

Jeff Cantner

Hagerstown




Congress to set communion dates?



To the editor:

President Bush has predictably given a wink and a nod to the First Amendment. While it is not enough that these non-taxpaying entities own 25 percent of all privately owned property or that they seize Americans coffers to the melody of $80 billion a year - now he invites them into the inner sanctum of the American body politic. Welcome to the great marriage supper of church and state.

It was quite interesting to observe rabbi, priest and preacher admit that while they will undoubtedly encounter many problems with the temptation to proselytize, they feel it "can be accomplished." Apparently these individuals feel that the Founding Fathers got it wrong and the religious tyranny of the old country was not so bad after all. It appears that Thomas Jefferson was misguided when he wrote the Danbury Baptists in 1802, "religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God...legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion... thus building a wall of separation between church and state."

The clergy has indicated that the monies would not be employed for religious items, but how will that be audited? The wampum provided by the state for the so-called faith based initiatives, could allow more dollars to be used for Bibles, Quran's, crosses and other religious items.

Maybe I have it all wrong. Perhaps the nuptials should receive our blessings; then church and state can finally be one. Legislatures could write the sermons to be preached.

Congress can dictate on what days communion will be administered. Lawmakers could institute guidelines for baptism and confirmation. Of course, I am sure that could never happen.

William E. Pigg

Hagerstown




Keep Wal-Mart clean



To the editor:

I was in Wal-Mart today and witnessed several people discarding their shopping carts in the parking lot. For your information Wal-Mart has provided storage places for these carts.

These same people will complain and file insurance claims when the discarded carts become mobile and hit their cars.

I also observed two individuals discard an empty box in the parking lot. These people purchased some lawn furniture and proceeded to load the furniture in the car and discard the empty box in the parking lot. The parking lot is not a dumpster.

Please do your part to keep parking lots clean.

Scott Peterson

Greencastle, Pa.

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