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Letters to the editor - 2/5/03

February 05, 2003

For John Crum, support the work of Children's Resources



To the editor:


It was with great sadness and surprise that I learned from MCIH Sgt. Cowan that John Crum, the founder of the Big Pine/Shining Tree Group Homes for Children, unexpectedly passed away! (See the Jan. 22 Herald-Mail newspapers, page B3.)

At the MCIH correctional staff fund-raiser for Children's Resources, Sgt. Cowan called Big Pine about a charity idea when Director Bill Rouse surprised him and said he knew why Cowan was calling! Cowan was horrified to learn about Crum's death and said Rouse reported the entire staff of Children's Resources was shocked.

Cowan also works hand-in-hand as liaison with the CAP Jaycees, who raise funds from the prison population in support of this great cause. As Jaycees we have long supported Children's Resources Inc. and our association has given us a deep appreciation of what this program means to the lives of youth who have been abandoned or neglected or abused. These are youth who could lose their moral compass without this shelter because their absent parents fell into alcohol or drug addiction, or criminal activities and are incarcerated or in rehabilitation.

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The CAP Jaycees believe Children's Resources has made a huge contribution to Maryland taxpayers over the years, preventing many youngsters from falling into juvenile delinquency and/or the criminal justice system due to the great counseling/mentoring programs that are part and parcel of the shelter program.

We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the Crum family, and suggest memorial contributions be sent to Children's Resources Inc., P.O. Box 1307, Hagerstown, MD 21741. And we pay tribute to Crum for his wonderful vision in showing there is a way to keep the next generation from following in the misplaced steps their parents took!

Douglas Scott Arey

MCIH #130196 A-1-A-20

Hagerstown




The high cost of war



To the editor:


CNN television had some interesting figures to be considered in regard to a possible war with Iraq. According to CNN, a six-month air and ground war with Iraq would cost $100 billion. To define this further, CNN says it would cost every taxpayer $501.

CNN further says we can expect gas prices at the pump to increase from the current $1.50 per gallon to $2.50 per gallon. I feel CNN should be commended for providing these figures.

There seems to be considerable debate about whether our troops are prepared for chemical and biological weapons. If the United States is not sure our troops are adequately trained and equipped to withstand chemical and biological weapons, the nation should proceed with caution.

It appears the Bush administration is proceeding with troop deployments to a point where they will reach a critical mass sometime around March 1. And once they reach that critical mass it would be difficult to call off the invasion. It also appears to me most Americans have no clear-cut opinion on whether we should go to war or not.

It would be much easier if the weapons inspectors found significant evidence of Saddam's stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.

This is a complex issue with the possibility of changing history and I feel all Americans should be educating themselves daily.

Meredith Fouche

Funkstown




If we must, we'll go to war



To the editor:


I am 79 years old and a veteran of WWII and saw action in Europe, at the Battle of the Bulge and others. I know what war is and would like to see us avoid it, if we can.

However, Sept. 11, 2001, makes me think war is quite possible. We know the record of Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein and must realize that he is a tyrant and a dictator. I think he is among those in the world who want to do us harm.

It would be great if he would go into exile, but this is not likely because of his ego and his love for power. It seems to me that I have to decide if I want peace at any price or do I believe the leaders of my country that Iraq is a real threat, that must be dealt with soon? Because I know the history and deeds of the Iraqi regime and also because I know the history of my country and the freedom we enjoy, I will go with the decision my country makes. No, I don't believe it's all about oil as some say.

I believe it's a complex issue about cultural differences, freedom, religious differences and also the fact that we are allied with Israel. It's like President Bush said: It's going to be a long hard struggle but we must prevail and we will.

Jack Myers

Hagerstown




Confederates weren't racist



To the editor:


I'm writing this in response to a letter by Richard Anderson (History kinder to whites for a reason, Jan. 26). I have to disagree with his comments about Jefferson Davis being a "die-hard racist."

If that were the case, then how do you explain the homeless black foster child President Davis raised as his own? How do you explain him choosing Gen. Robert E. Lee to command the Army of Northern Virginia, knowing that Gen. Lee abhorred slavery and did not own one slave.

Or how about Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, who went out of his way to teach slaves about Christianity and often preached to them. Surely this man would not be able to command troops for a "die-hard racist."

You are probably one of those people who thinks that the Civil War was fought because of slavery. Did you know that at least 80 percent, if not more, of the Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War were poor farmers who couldn't afford to own a slave?

Oh, and about Martin Luther King Jr. deserving a holiday, when is President John F. Kennedy going to get his holiday? Or how about Sen. Robert F. Kennedy? Both were civil rights leaders, assassinated just like M.L. King Jr.

J.E. Sheller

Greencastle, Pa.

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