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January 20, 2003

What's the plan for jail site?

To the editor:

Before asking preservationists to develop a plan for adaptive re-use of the old Charles Town jail as suggested in the Jan. 2 editorial, The Herald-Mail needs to ask the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Commissioners what their plans are for the property. They do have a plan, don't they?

We know they want to demolish the old jail, but what is next? If the commissioners have decided without public input to build a new building to solve the Circuit Court space needs, then they are overdue in presenting their plan to the public.

What is urgently needed for public review and comment is a detailed, written plan for the Circuit Court project, including data on site selection, building specifications, cost analysis and funding sources. If such a plan is not yet available, then why are the commissioners in such a rush to use our tax dollars to tear down a public building, whether it is located in a historic district or not?


The Jefferson County Commissioners need to explain their vote to the public as well as finally presenting their plan for public review.

Mary S. Horky

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Thanks, Art

To the editor:

Wow, what a great job The Herald-Mail did on the story "The Herald-Mail's Person of the Year 2002." And what a wonderful man, citizen, father and co-worker Arnold A. Callaham must be! I don't know Callaham, never heard of him (probably the way he likes it), however, I felt compelled to write a letter thanking The Herald-Mail for starting the year off to an uplifting beginning with such a wonderful story!

I read that article and thought, wow! Callaham even wrote a thank you letter to the paper and the people of this community. Again, I don't know you Mr. Callaham, but I want to thank you for being elected as The Herald-Mail's Person of the Year 2002. You sound as though you truly deserved it!

You know those biographies that are published and the question that always is asked to the person being interviewed - "If you could meet someone in history, who would it be?" Well, I'm sure, someone soon will say, Mr. Arnold A. Callaham! You go down in my book of people of history!

Jeanine McVicker


Freedom doesn't wear collars

To the editor:

Once upon a tine there was a man named Ashcroft who ran for the U.S. Senate. He lost the election to a man who was dead. This was quite upsetting to Mr. Ashcroft. To console himself over this embarrassing defeat he went to the kennel and bought a dog. Its pedigreed name was "Security."

Ashcroft went to the county office, registered his dog and paid the taxes. Next he stopped at a pet store and bought a special dog collar with his name and the dog's name engraved on it. It also had a barcode.

He also bought a very special dog dish and a case of dog food. It was mostly all meat. To get the food from the dish Mr. Ashcroft taught the dog to turn his head a certain way so that a laser beam could read the names on the collar. Each time the dog did this an aliquot of food dropped down. Other dogs could not get food from "Security's" dish.

Mr. Ashcroft thought he could keep his dog inside the house all of the time. But he found there were times that the dog needed to go outside. Mr. Ashcroft bought a leash and would take "Security" on long walks so that the dog could do his business on neighborhood lawns.

This became a problem. Mr. Ashcroft found that there were times when he could not take the dog for a walk. He cut a hole in the door and installed a flap. A laser beam that read the dog's collar controlled this also. "Security" could go in and out whenever he wanted to. To keep the dog from going out of the yard he had the INS Fencing Company bury an electric wire around his yard. There was an electronic device attached to "Security's" collar that would give him a shock when he approached the fence. He soon learned where his boundaries were. He did not take a chance even though there was a beautiful blonde Chihuahua to the south and a black Lab to the north.

Since the Chihuahua and the Lab did not have the special collar they could crossover the electric fence. So again Mr. Ashcroft had the INS Fence Company return to install a chain-link fence. This kept them out. After awhile "Security" got used to the limitations put on him. Although the Chihuahua was cute he said to himself, "She is just interested in my beautiful collar. That Labrador Retriever may look like Lois Lane but she likes to play in the water too much." He, however, did have male yearnings.

One day a wolf came out of the woods. His name was "Freed" (nickname for Freedom). Freed looked at the sleek dog and thought, "That dog sure must have a great life. I think I will engage him in a conversation." After a lot of sniffing they introduced themselves to each other.

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