Letters to the editor - 1/30/03

January 30, 2003

The homeless as an economic development tool

To the editor:

In reference to your article "Trying to stay warm, thank ou very nJust as you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, it also seems you can't propose new road construction without getting some people upset. So it is with the proposed bypass of Martinsburg. W.Va.

The homeless offer some of the greatest assets that the world has never used and benefited from, that being entrepreneurship. Traditional entrepreneurs make/create markets and businesses out of things that no one else sees or discovers.

The homeless should be seen as traditional entrepreneurs as well, because their day-to-day survival involves how to make something out of nothing that no one else ever even imagined doing before. They take what is there and make it go further then anyone else can or is willing to do.

The City of Hagerstown should create not just a day shelter for the homeless, but a business incubator downtown. That would harness both the entrepreneurial skills the homeless have already learned and also ideas from other people who are not homeless


That kills two birds with one shot. First shot: We would end up solving the homeless issue, along with creating new taxable businesses, regaining the tax revenue lost recently.

Second shot: The first shot could be marketed world-wide from Hagerstown to brings thousands of people here yearly to see and learn what we did right. And because thousands of people would come here from all over the world to see and learn what we did right, Hagerstown and Washington County would experience an economic boom.

The mayor should be viewing the homeless as an economic opportunity which is also an answer to a plaguing social ill. The homeless issue is for the Mayor of Hagerstown and his economic development office/team to handle. It is not an issue for the police chief and public library of Hagerstown to be handling!

Vargus DeLee


Indian history available locally

To the editor:

Returning to the Herald-Mail of Jan. 11, and specifically to the letter from Gene Niswander, publisher of the Indian newsletter of Franklin County and St. Thomas, Pa., you may be glad to know of John Mash (author of "The Land of the Living") who is at present on the staff of the Fort Frederick, under Ranger Ralph Young (on U.S. 40 between Clear Spring and Hancock, in Washington County).

Author Mash covers much Indian history in local areas, including which tribes frequented the areas, etc.

There is a year-round spring just south of Fort Frederick on Walnut Point Road West where Indians frequently camped because they could count on water being there, even during heavy droughts. Now the spring feeds a pond nearby which empties into the Conococheague Creek which joins the Potomac River at Williamsport.

We no longer live there, but read The Herald-Mail daily, and always the editorial page first. Due to circumstances beyond our control (I'm 92 down, eight to go!) we now live in a retirement community, but sadly miss the old homestead.

Leah M. P. Staling

Fayetteville, Pa.

Humane Society does good work

To the editor:

Humane Society of Washington County, I would like to thank you. I have been to the Humane Society many times. I had adopted three dogs over the years.

I just got another dog from them. They couldn't do enough for me to make sure I was satisfied.

After looking at all the dogs, I kept going back to a medium-size dog. They let their worker and me take the dog outside and walk. This was good to make sure we would be the right mix for each other.

They also have rooms where you and the dog and worker could spend time together. After I signed adoption papers, they took the dog to be spayed and for a rabies shot.

I can't find enough words to say "thank you" for all the workers at the Humane Society. These people need appreciation shown to them.

Rose Autenrieth


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