Letters to the editor 12/30

December 30, 2002

Munson just like all the others

To the editor:

Commissioner John Munson's statement that he was forced to accept a $10,000 raise, $40,000 over four years, at a time when the state as a whole is in monetary chaos, makes us believe that the government can spend our money more wisely than we can.

I suggest that the state and county intercept our pay check before we receive it and send us vouchers for clothing and heating and also food stamps. Alas, they would not have to stay up all night figuring new ways to raise taxes. They would have all the money.

Sounds perfect, but it won't work. These most trusted legislators would then try to find ways to put a tax on our vouchers and food stamps, even going so far as to put a hefty tax on our funeral services.

The Holy Roman Empire, the greatest empire that ever existed, collapsed from within. Why? Because the people could not afford the extravagant government; they couldn't pay their taxes.


John Baker

Clear Spring

Here's why church shouldn't pal up with state

To the editor:

The column by Jev Chafets in the Dec. 20 issue criticized the Bush faith-based initiative which recently issued $30 million to religious organizations by administrative decree.

Christians should be aware of the fact that the president sent his faith-based personnel out to minority churches all over the country to show them how to fill out the forms to request funds. This was just before the election.

Also, one of the first awards out of the fund was $500,000 to Pat Robertson, who has become a millionaire through Christian donations.

In addition to the dangers of government intrusion into religious activities, this is surely not a good use of taxpayer money.

Harold G. Martin

Waynesboro, Pa.

No shortage of long-timers

To the editor:

Dear citizens of Shepherdstown:

After reading the article in The Chronicle about the residency requirement of at least 10 years for at least 50 percent of the commission seats, I felt I needed to share my "long timer" view of the matter.

Years and years ago, the leaders of Shepherdstown established a planning commission. The chemistry of the commission was specifically formulated to protect the views and the unspecified antiquity of this sleepy little town.

I believe Guy Frank was one of these leaders. Please check it out, but I believe even today that more than 50 percent of the town's population has been here 10 years or more. So, where lies the problem with seating a planning commission?

Mayor Jim Auxer relieved Phil Coffey and Steve Smith, both "long timers," of their duties on the planning commission this past summer, because "other residents had expressed interest in serving on the planning commission."

As far as I know, these two members had no hidden agenda's no personal favorites and only strong, unbiased opinions.

The knew the planning commission manual. Neither the planning commission nor the Town Council were made aware that the positions, or expired terms, of these two people would not be renewed. Was it a personal favorite, malice, or ignorance of the by-laws? I'm not sure. Mayor Auxer and his family have lived here for a little over five years, a "short timer."

Is this the picture of Shepherdstown we want painted? If you think for one minute that we'll ever run out of people to serve on a committee or commission because of a long-term residency requirement, think again!

This shouldn't have been an issue to begin with.

Larry Murphy

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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