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June 01, 2002

Pray for our vets and for those who are ignorant thieves

To the editor:

What has our nation come to when people would steal American flags from the grounds of a funeral home? Several flags were placed by the American Legion on Memorial Day in honor and memory of a soldier who served our country faithfully in the armed services. His body was at rest at the Thompson Funeral Home Inc., in Clear Spring when this atrocity occurred.

Law-abiding citizens who have love and respect for God and our country would not even entertain such a degrading and senseless act. Only those with no morals, no regard for the rights and suffering of others, and no respect for our veterans, would do such a dastardly deed.

As we pray and thank our veterans daily for all they do for us and our country, we also need to pray for the ignorant involved in this act.


Sharon Thompson Shupp

Thompson Funeral Home

Clear Spring

God didn't carry out death penalty against first killer

To the editor:

In discussing the moratorium on executions, the author of the May 19 "For Shame" letter said, " the death sentence should be carried through."

I beg to differ and submit we would do well to take a lesson from our Judeo-Christian heritage, upon which we claim our law is based.

The best indication of what should be done with murderers is found in what God himself actually did when He had to decide the very first murder case in the history of the world.

When Cain killed Abel in the Garden of Eden, God made His judgment in Genesis 4:15 that " whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken upon him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." (King James Version.)

God marked Cain so that no man should kill him, and that is a simple Torah and Old Testament fact.

And while I take no quarrel with that position that the moratorium may cater to certain voters, rather, I think it's important to understand that no matter how we got here, we do have a moratorium on the death penalty, and we may pray the next governor will provide the leadership to have the General Assembly eliminate capital punishment permanently.

Douglas Scott Arey

MCIH No. 130196 A-1-A-20


Recent symphony concert was great; thanks, Citicorp

To the editor:

On April 24, 2002, I went to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The trip was sponsored by Citicorp. I love the music and the harp. I really enjoyed it.

I would like to go back again. My favorite part was the Spanish music.

I hope you can go see it.

Beth Ann Hedrick


Stop solicitors at traffic lights

To the editor:

I recently heard a local radio announcer speak out about the people with the buckets at local intersections. Specifically, Halfway Boulevard, at Massey. These people are so aggressive. If you say no, they just stand there and rattle the bucket at you.

As far as I can see, this is open panhandling. I donate to charities directly and avoid questionable situations like this. "Donations" like this only encourage this activity. Who are these people?

Where does this money go? Who do they represent? Are they monitored by any city or county agency?

I recently had guests from overseas. We faced this activity one afternoon when we were out shopping. My guests were impressed at how generous Americans were but were shocked at how gullible they could be about giving money to strangers.

The people of Washington County and Hagerstown have always taken care of their own. Rightly so, but they don't need to be badgered by strangers to do so.

People who solicit donations in Washington County and Hagerstown need to be identified and given permission to do so, if only to protect the legitimate charities and block those who would misuse their privilege to solicit donations.

I am upset at being badgered by strangers for money when I am driving on the streets of Washington County and Hagerstown.

John DeBogory


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