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Letters to the Editor 3/24

March 23, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/24



Stop attacking Munson's record



To the editor:

It should be very clear by now that Tim Rowland is engaged in a major political vendetta against Sen. Don Munson. For example, in his March 12 column be belabors Munson for not jumping into the incipent zoning despite involving Mr. Bowman's plan for a truck stop. He accuses Munson of taking inconsistent positions on local issues.

Now, whether the truck stop should be built is truly an issue that is to be decided by the county authorities alone. It would be overreaching of his authority and political jurisdiction for Munson to try to dictate to the county government what it should so on this case.

The case and its surrounding controversy becomes a catapult for Rowland to launch anther of his thunderbolts against Munson. Scarcely a week goes by that Rowland does not go on this attack; no other politician receives as great a barrage as does Munson. Why?

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As we learned previously, according to Rowland, Senator Munson has been derelict in not kowtowing to Governor Glendening properly.

A state senator, according to Rowland tenets, is duty bound to play the constant puppet to a governor, especially if the latter is a Democrat. He ignores the fact that Munson has proven popular with Washington County voters because of his excellent constituent service and because he has too much integrity to play the puppet.

I have really become tired of hearing this smart-aleck columnist playing the self-appointed scourge of those he disapproves. I again throw down this challenge to Rowland: If you have such a desire to see Munson's defeat, come down off your lofty perch and seek the Democratic nomination in the next senatorial election. If you win then I will give you the opportunity to indulge yourself in your professed desire, viz. to kiss the governor's hand or foot.

Of course having not accomplished anything but throwing darts, you will find that succeeding in that job requires a lot more than a glib tongue.

Ken Mackley

Hagerstown




Mark anniversary of the Red Cross by volunteering



To the editor:

March is Red Cross month. Since the first Presidential Proclamation in 1943, people have been requested to rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.

Locally the Washington County Chapter invites area residents to learn about our humanitarian services and to join our community efforts by becoming a volunteer, blood donor or financial supporter of Washington County Red Cross.

Everyday, right here in Washington County, more than 1,000 Red Cross volunteers respond to the "small" disasters such as house fires, assist with the collection of blood, teach life-saving skills and empower families to prevent, prepare for and respond to life's emergencies.

The Red Cross provides temporary shelter, food, clothing, emotional support and more so that families can begin the difficult task of putting their lives back together. The Red Cross remains part of our community every day, providing disaster-preparedness education and a lifeline between military service members and their families. Lives are saved because a person took a Red Cross class and knew how to react in an emergency.

Overall, more than 20,000 of our neighbors in Washington County benefit from services offered by the local American Red Cross annually.

The Red Cross is not a government agency. With more than 100 volunteers for every paid staffer, the Red Cross is one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in the country and is able to put your support to work effectively and efficiently.

Please join us during Red Cross Month by supporting the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Whether it is time, blood, or financial, your generous support will enable us to continue to live up to our promise that we'll be there, when help can't wait.

Rayetta Schindel

Chairman

Board of Directors

Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross




Races deprived of their future



To the editor:

Your Feb. 15 issue carried an article about a man who was a victim of the state of Virginia's eugenics program. He was sterilized because the state decided he was "mentally defective" because he took the very "unrational" action of running away from an abusive father at the age of 16.

It appears that the article assumes that the matter of eugenic cleansing is a thing of the past. Too bad that the reporters do not have enough integrity to look into the background and find that the organization most responsible for the legislation that was involved in this particulate case is still alive and working every day to get rid of the "unfit."

When I was a child it was the American Birth Control League established by Margaret Sanger. When the obvious similarity of aims to those of Nazi Germany became too much of a public relations problem after our entrance into W.W.II the name was changed to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Nicer name - same aims.

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