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Letters to the Editor 5/14

May 14, 2001

Letters to the Editor 5/14



Bill Shuster doesn't fool us



To the editor:

Does Bill Shuster actually believe that the people of the 9th District are uneducated? We don't know that a property tax increase is done in millage? The 25 percent increase Shuster keeps harping about is not what we pay now. It is 25 percent per millage. Does Shuster really believe we cannot add the figures correctly?

According to his mailer, evidently not. Wake up voters. Scott Conklin did not become Centre County Commissioner because his father preceded him. Scott Conklin earned that seat due to his honesty, integrity and his desire to serve the people. Let's show we are educated. Cast your vote for Scott Conklin on May 15 - I know I am.

N. Michelle Reams

Philipsburg, Pa.




Sheriff Smith the right guy



To the editor:

I wish to address all the residents in the Berkeley County, W.Va. We have elected the right man for the job! Sheriff Randy Smith is a tremendous asset to our county.

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I am really glad he is here. In a recent incident in Potomac Heights, Falling Waters, Sheriff Randy Smith was right there with his men in a crucial situation. He was working with and supporting his deputies.

He is out there into the public and residential places involving himself in the duties of a county sheriff. You can't ask for much more than that. Our Neighborhood Watch Group has solicited the cooperation and help of our Sheriff's Department for quite a while.

Finally we have that support. I recently have been stopped for speeding, unknowingly, on Grade Road. I am grateful for the renewed work and interest in safety for all of our residents.

All the reports I read in our newspapers about Sheriff Smith's actions are very commendable. We definitely needed this very welcome change. Thank you Sheriff Randy Smith. And thank you to all the many deputies that work to make Berkeley County a much better place to live.

Joe Wilson

Falling Waters, W.Va.




Thank you Sue


To the editor:

I am writing to express my thanks to Sue Graff. She coached our Destination Imagination team at Potomac Heights, and did a wonderful job. She followed the coaches' rule, which was that you can't give the team advice, perfectly. She was patient, considerate and kind. This was her first time, too. She coached our team to first place in regional level and sixth place in state level.

Our team members were: Carlo Caroscio, Amy Cochrane, Alyssa Collier, Meagan Graff, Alex Knepper, Allen Sandberg and Lauren Sandberg. Our skit involved scientists, spies, wizards, and police and the many bizarre happenings in a place called Junk Food Park. Once again, great job Sue Graff!

Alex Knepper

5th grade, Potomac Heights Elementary

Hagerstown




Get the number right



To the editor:

In Marlo Barnhart's report on this year's National Day of Prayer Rev. Mark Mooney of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Smithsburg is quoted as saying "The National Day of prayer is not just a day for Christians to pray but for all people of faith to be in prayer for this great nation of ours. We are a nation of many different people, different cultures, different faiths." I certainly don't want to be critical of Rev. Mooney because there is always the possibility that he may have been misquoted but those remarks, at least as they appeared in print, are dangerously misleading.

Let me illustrate my concern this way. If you wanted to telephone someone you would have to dial the correct number, wouldn't you? It would hardly serve your purpose to dial the wrong number. Fortunately, God does not have a non-published number. It can be found in Heaven's phone directory where Jesus says: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

What is God's phone number? It is J-E-S-U-S. No other number connects to the throne room of God. Use any other number and a recorded message comes on the line that says: "The number you have dialed is not in service. Please check your number and dial again." There will be those who feel that this is narrow-minded of God but if he is narrow-minded then Verizon is narrow-minded, too. After all, if you don't dial the right number they won't put your call through, either.

Glen F. Miller

Hagerstown

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