Letters to the Editor 1/3

January 03, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/3

Nice present

To the editor:

I'm writing in response to the Keedysville farm used in the movie "Gods and Generals." The $1 million given to the Flooks for conservation easement is outright ridiculous. I guess us taxpayers don't have any say in how our money is wasted.

A million dollars of state tax money, which some of us work hard for, is blown this way.

The movie producers paid the Flooks a huge sum to rent their land from September to December. Then lo and behold the state slaps them with another million, nice X-mas present. I'm all for conserving history but not at the expense of the taxpayer. Get the money somewhere else.

R. Day
Frederick, Md.

YMCA helps out

To the editor:

YMCAs have been serving the American public for 150 years and the Y has been in Waynesboro since 1915. Over those many years, the Y has had open doors to the young and old, boys and girls, men and women, rich and poor, as well as people of any faith or no faith. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body, for all, and the Y is for all. No one is turned away.


Our sliding-scale financial assistance program assures that we do, in fact, offer all that we have to everyone. Over the past 12 months, with the help of the United Way and "Partners with Youth" we have provided assistance to 284 individuals, 150 of them youth. This amounts to over $33,000 worth of assistance.

We, as a community, should feel good about that, not because of the dollars, but for the significant number of people we've helped. Every one of those children along with the hundreds of others we serve has been exposed to our character building program and that's a satisfying realization. The logo of our entrance sign says it all, "We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities."

Thanks for all your support in 2001.

Dick Marks, Executive Director
Waynesboro, Pa. YMCA

Bazaar a success

To the editor:

The Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary would like to thank the community for making the holiday greens bazaar a huge success. Without the community's support this would not have been possible. Approximately $2,500 from the bazaar will be utilized to purchase additional hospital equipment that otherwise would not be possible at this time.

We would like to express our appreciation to all holiday bazaar volunteers who worked tirelessly for a week cutting and hauling pine, making wreaths, kissing balls, centerpieces, ribbon bows and much more. We are very appreciative of the Ruritan Club for the use of their facility for the workshop. We would also like to thank the volunteers who packed and moved the greens to the church for the Saturday morning sale. We are most grateful to the Church of the Apostles for the use of their facility for the sale.

We would also like to thank the community for making the holiday raffle a huge success. Without the community support this would not have been possible. Approximately $8,000 from the raffle will be utilized in the purchase of crib stretchers, a rocking chair, entertainment areas for little ones who are visiting the hospital and other needed equipment.

Our heartfelt thanks goes to the committee who also worked tirelessly to organize this new endeavor. We want to thank Dr. Mark Roth, chief of the medical staff and the following physicians for sponsoring the Boyd's Bears and Snowmen for the very special holiday raffle trees: Dr. Steven Carter, Dr. Rose Dagen, Dr. Deborah Geer, Dr. Mohammad Haq, Dr. Shaheen Iqbal, Dr. Jean Lessard, Dr. Julia Lehman, Dr. Neil O'Malley, Dr. Kathryn Reinhard, Dr. Steven Rettig, Dr. Fouzia Rishi, Dr. Joseph Stewart and Dr. Peter Wallick.

We are sincerely grateful for the donated prizes, the donors, and the winners.

Again, thank you to everyone who made this raffle a great success!

Helen Shelley
Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital Auxiliary

Interesting times for schools

To the editor:

The school board made a big thing out of appointing their Blue Ribbon Redistricting Committee in August. It will be interesting to observe how serious they take the committee's options to heart or will they cave to public pressure.

Part of me says it is likely they will react to this plan the same way they reacted to consolidation. I hope I am wrong. Population of students change over time and because of that redrawing district lines is necessary. Other than constructing costly additions to overcrowded schools there are few options. I will be the first to admit I don't agree with all the options being proposed but I do agree with most of them.

Up to this point I have heard little opposition from parents of students who currently attend Eastern and who would be redistricted to three other schools. The next three months will be an interesting time for anyone who makes a practice of observing the interaction of the school board among themselves and the public.

Meredith Fouche

Trucks too fast

To the editor:

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