Letters to the editor 12/28

December 30, 2002

Where's the proof?

To the editor:

Allan Powell believes that fundamentalist Christians are not open to the evidence where evolution is concerned.

If this junior college sociology professor has evidence that organic life arose from non-living chemicals he really ought to rescue the PhDs of the scientific community from their embarrassing ignorance of it.

A.J. Westfall

Greencastle, Pa.

Rescue workers were great

To the editor:

We wish to extend a very belated thank you to the Halfway and Funkstown EMS, State Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare and the pilot of the Maryland State Police medivac helicopter. They all assisted Don on July 16 after he was in a very serious automobile accident on I-70 and Sharpsburg Pike exit.

He can remember a "little girl" getting through the car window to give him oxygen and put a neck brace on him. We also thank all the motorists who avoided his car as he was traveling down the road and came to encourage him following the accident.


He was in the Baltimore Shock Trauma unit for 12 days. We are happy to report he is doing very well now, not completely back to normal, but so very fortunate not to have sustained more injuries. We thank the Lord for all who were there to assist and stabilize him to make the trip to Baltimore, and for the prayers said on his behalf for his recovery.

Don and Marilyn Rudow


Santa goes to the dogs

To the editor:

Recently my son and daughter-in-law dressed their four-month-old daughter in a holiday outfit and made the trip into Hagerstown to the Valley Mall so that Kayla could have her first visit with Santa. This is a special moment, as any parent knows. A child only feels this magic for a short number of years, and each time it's precious.

Imagine their surprise when they arrived and found, not a line of parents with kids, but a line of people with dogs. Dogs in line to see Santa Claus.

I love dogs. I have dogs who mean a great deal to me. But I don't believe my dogs need to take a trip to town to sit on Santa's lap - and I honestly wonder about anyone who thinks they do. I believe my granddaughter, and all children, are entitled to see and speak with Santa, without competing with the family pet. Without having their parents worry that one of those pets might get a little testy waiting in line, in a crowded mall, and snap at or bite a child. This isn't a risk I'd take with my child, and I imagine many others felt the same.

Santa is for children, not for pets, however beloved that pet might be by its owners.

My granddaughter and her parents - who have and love two dogs themselves - were denied the experience of this first visit with Santa, the magic of that moment, as they were unwilling to stand in line behind some 20 strange dogs.

The image of those dogs hauled into the mall by their owners, waiting in line to see a man in a red suit, is just too bizarre for words, and shame on the management of the Valley Mall for taking two nights away from the kids so pets could be paraded out this way.

When we start considering our pets in the same vein as we do our children, we're in serious trouble.

Nora Roberts


Shank got the job done

To the editor:

Recently my family experienced an unexpected tragedy. While we were trying to bring some closure to our lives, we encountered a considerable amount of bureaucratic inflexibility and red tape from the State of Maryland.

We immediately contacted State Del. Chris Shank, who personally and quickly resolved the situation for us. Obviously the successful conclusion of our family situation made no headlines, but it did mean a great deal to us.

What I look for in a delegate is compassion and the drive to stand up for the people. Chris Shank exhibits both qualities. His experience and dedication to the job have served the people well for the past four years. He has developed a reputation as a type of public servant who will listen and get things done.

We need leaders like Shank who care about their constituents. Leadership is about taking the time to listen to the people. Public service is about improving the world one life at a time.

Tressa Nicewarner


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