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Letters to the editor 8/13

August 13, 2002

Secret payments to EDC director must be revealed



To the editor:

Reading the articles about the secretive payment to the Washington County Economic Development Commission director should infuriate every taxpayer of this county.

The argument put forth about the funds being personal income is a stretch of legalese to, perhaps, hide more onerous events such as the confidentiality agreement itself. People who hold positions of public trust should not purposely enter into such contracts in an attempt to shield the information from public scrutiny.

Compounding their contempt for the taxpayers' rights to know where their money is being spent, by arguing that these monies are personal income and not to be disclosed, is ludicrous. Then, of course, you would have to believe that the salary paid was not personal income.

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When the W-2 is issued, and line 7 of the tax form is completed, the money is lumped as total compensation. The parties who are violating their covenant of public trust should be fired/replaced by people who will serve the interest of the taxpaying public.

Challenge: Those individuals who are party to the confidentiality agreement should step forth and identify yourselves. Or is this also confidential? I support attorney Mary R. Craig's effort to obtain what is public information.

R.Z. Roane Sr.

Smithsburg




Vote for Ebbitt



To the editor:

As a Shepherd College student, I would like to see more opportunities for college graduates in West Virginia. Unfortunately, the current high-tax policies of the Legislature prevent good paying businesses from locating in our state.

That is why I am supporting Dave Ebbitt for the House of Delegates. Ebbitt understands the need to create more economic opportunities because he and his wife have two young children. He does not want to see them move to other places for work, when we have a perfectly beautiful area to live in here, in Jefferson County. He is right.

I, and other Shepherd College students, find hope in Ebbitt's candidacy, which is why we will be working hard for his election this November. I urge all other young adults to consider Ebbitt if they want a change from the same old failed ways of the current legislative leadership.

Meredith M. Cipriano

Charles Town W.Va.




Don't glorify the slaughter



To the editor:

I am writing in regard to The Herald-Mail article on the showing of lambs at the Washington County Ag Expo. I am a faithful reader of your publication and usually enjoy the excellent coverage of local news, especially for the Hagerstown area.

However, I was very disturbed and upset with the way your "lambs" article was written and must say I was surprised that you chose to publish it. It is a sad fact that in today's modern society the slaughter of lambs continues under conditions that are less than humane. However, your article gave the impression that "desensitization" and "numbness" is an accepted response to the slaughter of these young animals.

In fact, a very poor choice of quotes to include was "I'm used to getting rid of my animals." What type of message does this send to your readers old and young alike?

I was a member of the 4-H and understand the principles behind children showing the livestock they have raised. Your article however, takes this premise a step further and could be interpreted that it is OK to send animals to slaughter as long as we first benefit in some way.

All I ask is that your publication be more sensitive to readers who feel animal cruelty is prevalent enough in society. And promoting it on the pages of the local paper is totally unacceptable.

Laura J. Lane-Unsworth

Smithsburg

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