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Letters to the Editor 5/1

May 01, 2001

Letters to the Editor 5/1



How I will make decisions



To the editor:

Once again in a city constantly on the verge of progress and opportunity, the voice of the people able to promote this possibility did not produce the fervor necessary to firmly press for our overdue advancements. Whether this turnout was a reflection of our own indifference or inability to understand the implications that the choices we make may have on our future, it is the opportunity of having a choice and not to choose that will adversely affect us the most.

For this reason I would implore the entire community and not merely 10 percent, to step forward and make an educated decision in choosing those leaders who possess the necessary skills to build upon our past and lead us into the future. At this same moment I would like to graciously thank those that took advantage of this opportunity to exercise the right to make a difference in our community.

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As the time for making a decision approaches I realize that it will be my responsibility, as an individual of this community, to ensure that the citizens of this entire city are made fully aware of the qualifications that I possess. In doing so, I would hope that we as a community will exhibit the ability to look beyond those personal affiliations that would prohibit us from choosing those individuals that may best qualify for this public position. In understanding the dynamics of this endeavor, I have created several pledges that I feel most appropriately reflect the qualifications necessary to best serve all of the citizens of this city. A pledge to:

- Represent the interests of the entire city in every aspect of public service, through informative inclusion of each and every citizen, in any and all of the processes that affect the growth and development of our community.

- Promote intelligent and responsible municipal growth through the balance of preservation and revitalization, with expansion and diversification of highly accountable private and public residential and commercial development.

- Appropriately utilize the most efficient and effective financial methods in the distribution of revenue, to provide for all necessary public services that will enhance and maintain the health and welfare of every part of our community.

- Approach each and every proposal with an educated awareness and open mind, in order to prioritize and promote those opportunities which exhibit the most beneficial qualities for the future of our community as a whole.

If you support these initiatives, then I am asking for you, as members of this community, to provide me with the opportunity to represent those solutions that will promote the quality of life, in Hagerstown, we all seek to achieve.

Kristin B. Aleshire

Hagerstown




BC is OK



To the editor:

This is in reference to the April 13 Daily Mail article on page B1 "Jewish group decries Easter cartoon 'B.C.'" The B.C. comic strip that appeared on Easter Sunday is anything but anti-Semitic.

The Jews have always been God's chosen people, his light bearers. People who hated the light have often tried to extinguish them, most notably through the Holocaust.

Jesus was the most Jewish person who ever lived. People who hated the light tried to extinguish him. B.C. portrays the light apparently going out.

Through Jesus' death and rising again, represented by the symbolism in the last frame of the comic strip, God was doing a new thing. Now he would include all who were of the faith of Abraham in one new people, a mystery not made known in other times. Thus, God's promises are for non-Jews as well as for Jews.

The early followers of Jesus had a symbol of composed of a menorah at the top, representing Jewish believers, a fish at the bottom, standing for non-Jewish believers, connected in the center by the six-pointed star of David, symbolizing Jesus, the Messiah, the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.

To say that B.C. implies that the Jewish people will be consumed by Christianity and not exit is to miss the point entirely. For if you belong to Messiah Yeshua, then you have become the true children of Abraham, and what God promised to him is now yours.

Patsy W. Myers

Hagerstown




Knucklehead lives



To the editor:

God Bless you Mr. Dietrich for going back in the fire to look for your kitten. I wish we had more cat and dog lovers like you and me.

I hope Knucklehead will have a long and happy life with you. I got my lucky cat three years ago from the SPCA and she's my pride and joy. God bless you and Knucklehead. May you both have a long and happy life.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown




Pa. pols are taxoholics



To the editor:

In the April 9 paper there was an article out of Johnstown about a plan brewing to repeal the Pennsylvania liquor tax.

The statement of Senator Wozniak and Kasunic said the people have become used to the tax.

The truth is, the politicians have become used to the tax money.

Sam Kline

Greencastle, Pa.

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