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Letters to the Editor 1/29

January 30, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/29



Conservatives well-represented



To the editor:

I must confess that I am both amazed and amused at what I consider to be the unprofessional lengths to which Herald-Mail reporters and editors feel they must go to misrepresent information and mislead their readers and unfairly cast politicians they don't like in a bad light.

On Monday, Jan. 14, Laura Ernde used the results of an "insider" survey done by a bunch of liberals as "news" to try to make conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, anti-tax, anti-big-government politicians Del. Joe Bartlett and Sen. Alex Mooney appear ineffective and undesirable. And, apparently, thinking they hadn't done sufficient enough a hatchet job with the Ernde "so-called news" story, Tim Rowland used the same meaningless partisan liberal drivel in yet another column on Sunday.

And what did they use to do this? Well, by their own admission an absurd, subjective, unscientific, unofficial, back-room, popularity contest held among liberal lobbyists, liberal bureaucrats and the liberal press to try to discredit their most effective conservative opposition. And when liberals get together for a popularity contest like that, where do you expect capable conservatives to finish? Right! Last!

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But last in a "survey" like this is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I think that these results are rather to be proud of. They indicate to me that of all the opposition in Annapolis (where at 75 percent of the legislature is Democratic) these are the conservatives Democrats (and the liberal Herald-Mail) want most of all to get rid of.

I hope these men will use this survey and The Herald-Mail's abuse of it to their advantage as they campaign for re-election. I hope they will use it to demonstrate to their conservative constituents just how good a job they are doing as they oppose the liberal agenda and promote conservative values and interests.

Largely conservative Washington County does not suffer from any influence gap. In fact if Maryland politics is ever to change, conservative influence of this sort is just what we need more of. But what Rowland (and The Herald-Mail) want is conservatives out and their liberal friends in. And that, my conservative friends, is a bad witch.

Edward L. James
Hancock

This is still a sin



To the editor:

I am writing in response to "Photo sent mixed messages" which appeared in your Jan. 16 column.

I too was disappointed and disheartened to see the picture and articles in the Jan. 2 paper. I was unhappy when I saw the different last names, and I had the exact thoughts that ran through Ms. Dagliano's mind. So I decided to respond for two reasons.

First, I was saddened by the fact that our society had not only become "tolerant" of out of wedlock childbirth, but we have come to the point of embracing it. It is extremely common and we are no longer shocked with this escalating "problem." I do not want to sound judgmental toward these young ladies or their precious babies.

Which brings me to my second point. I too became pregnant while in high school. However, I was certainly not proud of my situation. Although I did get married before my daughter was born, I was ashamed and sad for the grief I caused my family. I was terrified to admit I had sex and to tell my parents that I was pregnant.

Yes Ms. Dagliano, I agree with you. I pray God will bring us back to a nation that can call sin what it is. We can decorate it and call it whatever we wish, but God still calls it sin.

Teresa Carter
Waynesboro, Pa.

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