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Letters to the editor - 10/3/02

October 03, 2002

Bush ignoring our veterans' needs

To the editor:

On Sept. 10, I read in the paper "Our View," and one part struck me and that was: Not voting is an insult to the veterans who gave years of service - and sometimes lives - in defense of freedoms that too many take for granted.

So if we don't vote, that is an insult, right? So what Bush did is un-American. He let down the men and women who served in the Armed Forces when he canceled funds for their medical care.

He refused $275 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce backlogs at the Nation's V.A. Medical Centers. More than 300,000 veterans new to the V.A. systems are on a waiting list. Some more than a year long. So? What's worse? Not voting? Or not giving our veterans the medical attention they need and deserve for what they have done?


John Baker

Clear Spring

Thanks so much for your kind support during past eight years

To the editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people involved in our lives in the past eight years - family and friends. We don't know what we would have done without your love and support. Thank you.

Special thanks to: retired Capt. Robert Voytko, Detectives Wayne Shank, Mark Renner and Caroll Braun, retired Sgt. Ron Graves, Jeff Kercheval, State's Attorney: Ken Long, Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael and Susan Lochbaum and Victim Witness Coordinator Jill Ritter. With so many people involved in this case, they are too numerous to name and we'd like to thank you all for never letting this die and continuing your investigation.

And most of all thank you, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Pap, for the memories: Fishing trips, camping trips, the Christmases with Pap as Santa, quilts Grandma made for the family, the good homemade snacks you made, the hugs and kisses to the squeezing on the cheeks, the games you would play with us and the picture puzzles you would put together.

We'd stop by and get into putting them together with you. Pap would do painting for any one of us, and Grandma would sew for us.

We remember the talks that we would have, the fun, the laughs and the smiles. Sometimes Pap couldn't hear us but we always knew he loved us. Thanks for being parents and grandparents like you two were. And for giving us so many more memories we thank you.

Virginia, daughter, Vernon, son; Vivian, daughter-in-law and Shelby, Lee, Luther, Wima, Jerry, Julie and their families. Wilma Heil


(Editor's note: The family members mentioned above are related to Daniel and Wilda Davis, an elderly Hagerstown couple killed in their home in 1994. Russell Wayne Wagner was convicted of their murders this past summer.)

Drought is message from God

To the editor:

Our nation is in a drought in the Northeast and many are wondering why? Out nation is in rebellion against God and has forgotten what happened a year ago on 9/11.

Remember how people sought God? Now they want to take him out of the Pledge of Allegiance. As God wrote in the Bible back in his day, I feel it's the same warning for today.

"The field is wasted - the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, even all the trees of the field are withered. The seed is rotten under the clouds, the corn is withered, herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture; fire hath devoured the pastures, rivers are drying up."

Look at our nation today and see if almighty God isn't trying to get our attention. We need to heed the warnings before it's too late. I love our nation under God and want to keep it that way. People, go back to church, pray and repent and possibly God will still heal our land.

Linda Wieczorak


Serious problems at detention center

To the editor:

As a person who gets to visit the Washington County Detention Center on a weekly basis I would like to add my voice to those who support the employees of the Detention Center as they seek the restoration of parity in their compensation.

A five-year detention officer in Charles or Frederick County is not worth $4,000 to $7,000 more than his or her counterparts here in Washington County.

We have more than a salary problem at the jail. We have a growing security problem. As of yet, we have not had a "serious" incident. Just how serious must such an incident be before the county provides sufficient staffing levels? How many trained and experienced deputies must leave for greener pastures before the county addresses this issue?

Now is the time for the candidates for County Commissioner to tell us if they will support the improvement of pay and benefits at the Detention Center.

John P. Corderman


Take a stand, Commissioner Snook

To the editor:

Washington County Commissioner Greg Snook should make a campaign promise to be available for comment on county issues, if he's re-elected.

John H. McCune


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