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Letters to the editor - 10/23/02

October 23, 2002

Brown: Let's fix up our home



To the editor:


There are two important questions the voters in Washington County should ask the candidates for County Commissioner before they cast their vote. They are:

1. Are you willing to commit the time and energy necessary to manage the increasing number of issues confronting our community?

2. Will you provide the leadership needed to resolve these difficult issues, which are:

a. Growth and development,

b. Salary issues for public-sector employees,

c. Recruiting new businesses that will provide our citizens with a living wage,

d. Completing the fire and rescue study,

e. Reviewing the efficiency of county government and requesting a similar review of all other county-funded agencies, and

f. Creating world-class education for our children.

These could be the best of times for Washington County and its citizens if you select the right commissioners. Or it could be the worst of times, for us and for our children and grandchildren, if the right decisions are not made.

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If elected, I will be available to be a working County Commissioner who has a proven track record when faced with difficult tasks. This commitment goes beyond time spent behind a desk. It's a commitment to take the time to listen to my fellow citizens. I'd like to schedule open meetings in our community centers, fire halls and homes so I can address your concerns. Open communication including televised meetings and expanded communication will keep citizens informed of important issues.

I have a vision of what Washington County can be and how we can get it there. I am dedicated to providing the time needed to be as productive as possible so that all the possibilities of our community become reality.

This Election Day cast a vote for the future of Washington County by voting for me, Jim Brown and together we'll work to make our home the best that it can be. My next letter to the editor will explain my six-step plan for Washington County.

Jim Brown

Williamsport




Rep. Jeff Coy a friend to animals



To the editor:


As we drive through our area and see a new truck on the road with Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter signs on its door, we need to thank Rep. Jeff Coy.

"We're experiencing a period of flat donations and memberships," we reported when Coy asked how the shelter was doing. A flat economy and recessionary pressures, coupled with seven out of 10 people donating to 9-11 funds elsewhere, have reduced donations to non-profit organizations.

When Coy asked how he could help, we suggested we needed a new vehicle to continue and improve our service to Franklin, Fulton and parts of Cumberland counties. We would not have been able to purchase this truck without Coy's help.

Rep. Coy offered us an application for economic-development opportunities. Once we filled this out, he went to work for the shelter and kept in close touch, both with the shelter and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Thanks to his help, our shelter was approved for a grant of $22,500 that allowed us to buy the vehicle we need to enhance animal services in our area. This goal would have been unreachable without Coy's help.

"The animals have no voice but ours" is our motto. This year we've also learned that our pets enjoy an additional "voice" in Harrisburg, thanks to the work on behalf of Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter by Rep. Jeff Coy.

Martha M. Hyatt, President

Jim Hardy, Executive Director

Cumberland Valley

Animal Shelter Inc.

Chambersburg, Pa.




There's crime on our mountain, too



To the editor:


Upon opening my morning paper from The Herald-Mail on Friday, Oct. 18, my eye was attracted to the catchy lead editorial, "Dealing with crime up on the mountain."

Darned if I didn't get a double barrel of advice about unincorporated areas suffering growth that are afflicted by increases in criminal activity - in Jefferson County, W.Va.! Fooled twice in one week by misleading lead lines in my hometown newspaper!

On the prior Tuesday, The Herald-Mail outright misled me by telling me on A3, that (up on the mountain) International Masonry "Institute buys land at fort." This was patently a false lead as the seller as yet owns no real estate to sell.

I was amazed, and I screened the article for a word about crime up on the mountain in Cascade, since, during a recent public meeting at the German Reformed Church prompted Sheriff Charles Mades to set up his own meeting with Washington County residents on Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, to discuss crime on this particular mountain.

Since I knew that Sheriff Mades planned to come up on the mountain Tuesday to discuss crime with PenMar and the area folks, I thought the editorial would mention a comparable local situation.

I was wrong. Not a word. I read about the upcoming meeting in another daily newspaper. The Herald-Mail more quickly reports about rising and falling flagpoles "on the mountain" and the Cascade School enrollment "on the mountain." But not the crime on the mountain in its own back yard, it seems.

Maybe any comparison failed because there is no "area growth" on our mountain. Lots of promises of jobs lately, but no delivery.

So how does an editor expound on a premise that growth equates to increased crime when the elephant in the room is whispering that there are lots of county citizens talking of increased criminal incidents in the northeast corner of the county - without any growth?

Maybe the Cascade/PenMar folks could come up with a study committee to go with the One Mountain Foundation or the Cascade Committee or the many PMDC subcommittees.

How about a police substation? It doesn't need built; it could be housed in the old modern former-Fort Ritchie Fire Station that currently is used for vehicle storage and has excess wall lockers.

Bill Spigler

Waynesboro, Pa.




'Mallard' offends



To the editor:


Do you actually ever read the Mallard Fillmore "humor?"

I believe you'd find it as offensive as I do if you'd have the time to critique it each day.

Betty Eves

Hagerstown

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