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Letters to the editor

August 16, 2002

We're all Americans here



To the editor:


This letter is directed to Andy Smith who wanted to know if Hagerstown helps the "Black Community." Mr. Smith, have you taken a ride down Jonathan Street lately? They have their own clinic, they have round-the-clock police patrol, they have Hagerstown eating out of their hands and what they want, they get.

Why? Because they are as you say a "black community." So what? I live in a mixed community with blacks and whites. I don't see police here even though there are many reasons that they could be. I don't see a free clinic outside my door where I can take my family and get free medical care whenever it is needed.

I am sick to death of hearing about "J Street." I have heard blacks saying that they are treated unfairly. All through history you see that they have fought for desegregation of schools and public places and to have their rights as human beings to be accepted anywhere in the community. Now, here in Hagerstown, you and the blacks of "J Street" are trying to push the world back 100 years and create your own little world there, just for black people.

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As far as I am concerned, you are segregating yourselves over there on one street.

It's great to be proud of who you are. I am proud to be who I am. But if I would say I am proud to be "white," then people would call me prejudice.

Smith went on to talk about how this "black organization" didn't get any funding for whatever it is they wanted. I wonder what would be said if I started a "white organization" to try to get money for whatever would be my cause. What would be said about me?

I would probably be seen as prejudiced because it was an organization for whites. Why is it that we freely accept "black" organizations? Why is it that, after more than 100 years changing the laws to better things, we can't seem to get over the "Oh, she's black, white, pink or purple" thing.

I'm sick to death of hearing about it. I am speaking to all races: Get over it. You are born as God intends you to be and not one person is born superior to another. I believe that people like Smith fuel that fire of prejudice.

As far as I am concerned, I would love to hear from the black citizens in this area about how they feel about these do-gooders wanting to lock them up in one street in Hagerstown and calling them a community by their color not by who they are or what they have accomplished.

We who were born here are plain simple "Americans," nothing more, nothing less.

Shantell Setters

Hagerstown




First Hose Co. appreciates support



To the editor:


On behalf of the officers and members of the Rescue Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Greencastle, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the large number of area residents who supported our department during our annual fireman's carnival the week of July 15-20.

Although the weather didn't always cooperate, the generous response by members of our community was overwhelming. I would like to thank the members of our department who spent long days and evenings to ensure the carnival ran smoothly. I would also like to thank the many area residents and civic groups who are not members of this organization who spent countless hours helping our department. It was determined that there were well over 4,000 hours of volunteer time spent helping with this year's carnival. Thank you seems hardly enough.

As chairman of the 2002 annual fund drive I would like to also take this opportunity to thank area residents and businesses for their support during our recent fund drive. If you have not sent your donation in yet please feel free to send it now. It's not too late. If you graciously donated enough to receive your house number sign please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

All of the success that our department has enjoyed in the past and in the future has been a result of the concerned members, residents, local civic groups, and businesses who have supported the Rescue Hose Company whenever, wherever, and however possible. Once again, thank you.

William Hull

Vice president

2002 carnival chairman

Rescue Hose Company No. 1 Inc.

Greencastle, Pa.

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