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Letters to the Editor 4/11

April 11, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/11



Blues Jam was a success



To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who contributed to the Blues Jam for Kacie Fath and Ethan Morningstar at HCC's Kepler Theater on March 18, especially all of the musicians who gave their time so freely and enthusiastically. It was my sincere pleasure to organize the event, and, in the process, become acquainted with so many generous and talented people. We all had a great day full of hot blues, magic, good food, door prizes and Frank (those who attended will know "Frank").

Thanks to the support of so many local businesses and everyone who attended the show and participated, I am proud to announce that, to date, we have raised approximately $4,300 which will be evenly divided between each of Kacie's and Ethan's families.

Please don't think it is too late to contribute. Donations to help pay for Kacie's and Ethan's medical expenses are still being accepted at the M&T Bank in Williamsport and at the Williamsport United Methodist Church.

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I would also like to thank the Red Cross and all those who volunteered at the Blues Jam to be tested as possible bone marrow transplant donors.

From what I have heard, 4-year-old Ethan Morningstar is doing well and will soon have his bone marrow transplant. Ethan, get well soon buddy; we're all thinking about you.

Finally, on behalf of everyone involved in the Blues Jam, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Kacie's mom, dad, siblings, grandmas, grandpas, and other family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeffrey A. Britton

Hagerstown

Bankruptcy law needs some reform



To the editor:

Bankruptcy reform can not be couched solely in terms of grasping credit card companies who con naive consumers into near ruinous interest charges. In addition to abrogating personal responsibility, this simplistic argument neglects the billions annually lost by consumers and businesses due to permissive and attorney driven Chapter 7 bankruptcy rules.

For example, Slimeball Builders takes your life savings as down payment on your dream home. But the money goes to a Vegas trip or at best another Slimeball project, and your house never gets off the ground. Just about the time that you (and probably several subcontractors and suppliers) hire Snailpace and Snailpace Attorney to retrieve your money, Slimeball's owner files Chapter 7 bankruptcy wiping out his obligation to you and staying any further legal action.

Slimeball will of course never miss a meal and with assets hidden from the none to watchful bankruptcy trustee, he will soon enough be again competing with honest and disciplined builders who will not dishonor themselves or their profession by ever declaring bankruptcy.

Or suppose you rent your house to Andy and Annie Abuser who run a drug bazaar or some other hedonistic pursuit out of it. After several attempts to collect back rent and weeks of irate-neighbor phone calls, you try to evict them.

But in your mailbox is a notice from the Federal Bankruptcy Court informing you that Andy and or Annie have filed for protection under Chapter 7 and that if you continue your action against them, you will be subject to severe penalties.

There is room for credit card reform. Cards should not become active until actually used. Consumer advisories should be mandatory with applications. The impossibly tiny lettering camouflaging hidden fees and penalties should be of the same type size as the rest of the application.

But the reforms belong at the credit card level, not on the backs of honest consumers and business people who must annually lose billions in bankruptcy courts.

Reuben Darby

Hedgesville, W.Va.

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