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Letters to the Editor 5/10

May 10, 2002

Freedom lost

To the editor:

Responding to Mr. Jenke's letter on May 1, 2002. It really makes me sick to read a letter where one is hated. I pray my response is of kindness toward him. Truth is from the Lord. It may sting a little but truth, no matter where it leads will not hurt. So now anyone who is a Confederate-American or a friend of history is labeled a madman and a Nazis according to Jenke's newly political-correct encyclopedia.

He plays the game of name-calling and stereotyping, hoping a person with a separate opinion will be afraid and shut down and disappear. He uses emotion to defend his version of history instead of being open to lay all the facts upon the table.

U.S. General Sherman and his wife must be after his heart. Both wanted to exterminate all Southerners. Also, the U.S. policy during Reconstruction was for "Rebels to be exterminated or exiled and replaced with a new population." Unbelievable, but it is on the record. This doesn't sound humane to me but sounds like the Nazis Swastika was first introduced under the guise of the U.S. flag.

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Hmm, since we don't hear much about this U.S. policy of extermination, is Jenke afraid we might now ask questions? Lincoln said at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of the South that it was only to preserved the Union. He never intended to free slaves and his Emancipation Proclamation was a "war measure" to cause a revolt in the South, which never happened. Black soldiers, slaves and freemen continued on the fight for the Confederacy. The proclamation also stated that no slaves would be free from Union States. Slavery has been around since God created man, so why blame the Confederacy? They inherited it from the U.S. and the U.S. from England and so on.

This war was about the North willing to sacrifice the Constitution in order to gain special rights and power over a segment of the population. It changed the U.S. Constitution from a weak-central government to a more powerful-central government. The Founding Fathers' philosophy of State Rights and the Constitution were buried in the ground beside the symbols of the Confederacy. But, truth will always prevail and constantly reveal itself to the people. Remembrance of this war is important. It's important to remember the freedoms that were lost.

Jeff B. Fink

Martinsburg, W.Va.




No friend in Pa.

To the editor:

Where can folks go if they have a grievance against a phone company and a body of legislators in Pennsylvania that allowed House Bill #1402 to pass without bids from competitive companies to go through. It charges inmates' families and friends exorbitant rates on their phone calls going out of the prisons.

I thought the sign on the underpass says that you have a friend in Pennsylvania. Or does friend mean something else? Some people are in prison because they got money by illegal means. They might have even used a weapon but if you are a phone company or a legislator you have permission to get it by only using an ink pen and a piece of paper.

A 20-minute phone call costs $8.55. Phones are necessary because a court-appointed lawyer will let you go without any contact and without hearing from them and even if your friends try to call the lawyer for you, they will not return your calls.

So where is all this Pennsylvania friendship?

The phone service is very poor and is restricted to a short period of time and I hope if your friends were in need of legal assistance or medical care you would try to help them.

Doris A. Reynard

Hagerstown




Warrior pride

To the editor:

As a student of Boonsboro High School, and a member of the Western Maryland community, I feel that to strip us of our mascot the "warrior" would be preposterous. The term "warrior" is not meant to be offensive or vulgar. It is, however, meant to be a symbol that inspires us all.

When the people of Washington county envision a warrior they imagine a strong admirable, and devoted individual. The current and former students are honored to be illustrated as warriors. The warrior is an emblem that represents an encouraging and assertive attitude. That demeanor gives us the potential to prevail. The potential to ceaselessly refine ourselves and to conquer everything we aspire. I especially observe this in our band and athletic teams. We go to games and competitions to fight with fire in our eyes and in our hearts. We may not be able to fight with the same passion under any name but The Warriors.

My family has the lineage of the New England Iroquois tribe and we do not find the term warrior insulting. To be called a savage would be enraging but we are proud to be dubbed warriors. If the term warrior was derogatory, why would we affiliate ourselves with it?

Our title The Warriors is a part of history, and to destroy a part of history would be unjust.

Hannah Vargason

Sharpsburg

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