Letters to the Editor 2/6

February 07, 2002

Letters to the Editor 2/6

Hats off to Citicorp

To the editor:

The employees at Citicorp need to be applauded for the wonderful things they do for the community. I'm an activity director at a local nursing home and for several years now, a representative from the "Adopt a Family Program," has contacted us for a list of names of residents with little or no family, that they can buy gifts for at Christmas.

They ask us to name items that these residents want or need and in many cases, they purchase everything on the list. It is apparent that great care is taken in choosing the gifts; they are wrapped beautifully and delivered to the nursing home before Christmas.

On Christmas Day, a volunteer dressed as Santa, along with his family and several staff members, pass these gifts out. I want the generous people who purchased the gifts to know the enjoyment it brought to the residents.


One lady in particular had to give up her beloved black cat "Buzzy" when she moved into the nursing home. I requested a stuffed animal for her - preferably a black cat if possible. She received a beautiful one and she said to me "I just love that cat! He feels so real."

Our facility is just one of the many outreaches that Citicorp sponsors in our community. In a day and age when there are so many negative things taking place in the world, it is refreshing to see such a fine corporation which encourages their employees to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Our hats are off to you.

Janine Clipp
Activity Director
Coffman Nursing Home

Statistics didn't prove anything

To the editor:

Wow. Hard to imagine that my gentle defense of Hagerstown's annexation policies could have warranted the one-third-of-a-page personal lashing I received in Sunday's Herald-Mail (Jan. 28) at the hands of John Colson.

It's not the first time Colson and I have expressed divergent ideas on these pages. Last year I incurred his wrath by suggesting that those of us who actually live in the city of Hagerstown may have a greater right to an opinion about matters pertaining to the city than out-of-towners. Colson vehemently disagreed. And, now, oops, I've done it again. Please let me apologize.

I didn't respond to Colson's very thorough statistical analysis with a statistical barrage of my own because none of the stats he cited appeared to have anything to do with the point of his letter, which was to suggest that the Hagerstown City Council be required to consult with the Washington County Board of Education on annexation matters.

Though I wouldn't presume to speak for the BOE, it wouldn't seem likely that they would have much interest in city annexation proceedings, since they're already responsible for the public education needs of the entire county.

It doesn't matter whether a development is inside the city or outside the city.

It's already BOE turf, either way. So whether it's a small development or a large one, regardless of which side of the City Limit sign it's on, the Board's duty is to provide educational opportunity for the children therein. The pile of statistics doesn't change that. But, other than being irrelevant, there was nothing wrong with any of the statistics. I'm sorry I poked fun at them.

Colson is right about Foxleigh Meadows being a wonderful place. It sure looks nice from the outside. I completely agree with his contention that less expensive homes aren't nearly as nice as more expensive homes.

Everyone should have one of the more expensive kind. That's not being elitist. That's just wanting the best for everyone. If some of us can't afford to buy a home in Foxleigh Meadows right now, we'll just have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. I'm sorry for suggesting that elitism had anything to do with this idea.

As I mentioned, this isn't the first time Colson and I have crossed verbal swords in The Herald-Mail. But it will be the last.

Mike McGough

Thanks for support after the fire

To the editor:

There are no words sufficient to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the so many people who have helped us through the terrible tragedy that has happened to our family.

We cannot begin to mention the names of all the friends, family, business associates, firefighters, medical personnel, schools, churches, employees, our children's friends and families, residents of Towne Oak Village, South Pointe Development, residents of Funkstown and surrounding areas and Pastor Darrell Layman.

We are truly fortunate to have so many caring individuals who have been a comfort to us in our time of need. Out of all the devastation, we have gained a new understanding of true friendship and love of family and friends and would like to thank everyone who has extended their helping hand to us and would like everyone to know how much we appreciated their help.

Paul Crampton Jr., Pam, Paul, Taryn and Lance

Bush sounding like a dictator

To the editor:

At a recent gathering in Charleston, W.Va., President George W. Bush, to promote his war on terrorism, exclaimed incorrectly, "As I said before, you're either for me or against me."

Whether it was deliberate or a slip of the tongue, Bush should have said what he always said before, "you're either for us or against us," meaning the United States of America. The war on terrorism should not be a personal vendetta.

With each succeeding appearance on TV, President Bush sounds and appears less presidential and more dictatorial. It's either his way or no way. To change this perception, he should reconsider some of his programs and ask what do the people want. Bush has shown little movement in this regard. Therefore, the American people will have to give serious thought to whom they choose in the 2002 election. Our way is much more democratic and correct than one person's wish.

Theodore A. Schendel
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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