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Letters to the editor 2/22

February 24, 2003

Munson is right about schools



To the editor:


As of Feb. 10, 23,000 Americans, myself included, have signed the following: "I proclaim publicly that I favor ending government involvement in education."

The signatories include Dinesh D'Souza ("The End of Racism", and "Illiberal Education"), John Taylor Gatto (1991 New York State Teacher of the Year), William Kirk Kilpatrick ("Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong"), Bruce Lockerbie ("A Passion for Learning"), Charles MacKenzie (President, Grove City College 1971-1992), Candace Allen (1989 Colorado State Enterprising Teacher of the Year), Donald Boudreaux (Dean, Dept. of Economics, George Mason University), Dean Clancy (House Majority Leader Education Policy Analyst), Ron Paul (US Congressman, Texas).

Who wants to accuse these folk of being anti-education?

Glen F. Miller

Hagerstown




Police were hardly helpful



To the editor:


On Sunday, Feb. 16, The Herald-Mail printed an Associated Press report on Saturday's huge anti-war protest in which NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly was quoted as saying that New York City police "facilitated people's ability to make their opinions known." As a Hagerstown resident who was present at the demonstration, I can assure your readers that nothing could be further from the truth.

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After traveling for five hours to express our opinion of Bush's imperialist war, my group and I found ourselves among the thousands of demonstrators who were effectively denied their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and of assembly.

Upon our arrival in Manhattan, we quickly discovered that the police had been ordered to barricade nearly every street leading to the protest. Only residents of these public streets were permitted access to them, and then only after furnishing proof of address.

In the end, we were able to join the rally only by sneaking through nearby open businesses and hoping that the cops wouldn't see us. Needless to say, we (and many others) missed the vast majority of the speeches and other events.

Is this the NYPD's idea of "facilitating" our First Amendment rights? If so, then to say the least, we could certainly have done without their "help."

Jennifer Rowe

Hagerstown




No school, no cost?



To the editor:


In all the furor over John Munson's proposal to close all the public schools, a question occurs to me. So far, no one else has asked it.

Given that the county spends about 50 percent of its budget on the school system, what happens to all that tax money when the schools are shut down?

Do our taxes get cut in half? No? Oh well. I didn't think so.

James Feagin

Hagerstown




Thanks for the help



To the editor:


Thank you to all who reached out to help me in my time of need. Dr. Kavoussi at Johns Hopkins told me today that the post-surgical pathology reports from the removal of my kidney indicated no spread of the cancer, and that chemotherapy or additional surgery is not necessary at this point, even though the cancer has been active since 1996.

In addition to all of you who included me in your personal, family and church prayers, thank you also to those who provided me transportation, sent cards and letters, and ran errands on my behalf.

But I always will be exceptionally grateful to those Maryland state employees who so unselfishly donated their sick leave to me so that I didn't miss any paydays as a case manager at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown.

Most of all, however, I am so grateful to our father in heaven as well as my wife and love of my life (and eternity), Nancy Kay Cork-Kump. I will see Dr. Kavoussi again on March 13, and, at this point, he tells me that my return to work on April 14 is looking more and more possible.

Truly, this experience has been another marvelous work and a wonder in my life.

Larry D. Kump

Falling Waters, W.Va.




Let the fur fly



To the editor:


It sickens my heart when I ride by the Union Rescue Mission's retail store in Hagerstown and see the sign they have there advertising "fur" coats for sale.

Doesn't this fine Christian organization realize the torturing and murdering and unjust bloodbath punishment these animals received to surrender over their lives to greedy hunters or trappers? Why would this fine organization even want to be a part of this catastrophe of inhuman coat- selling lifestyle?

Do you really want this blood on your Christian hands? I would ask them if I could, but my nine attempts to contact the director of the mission by telephone failed because he was always in a meeting.

Why, after knowing Jesus died a similar torturous needless death at the hands of similar murderers, would they even want to sell those coats? Is Jesus for sale in their store too? I beg of you, remove those coats from your store and rip them into shreds and I will pay to have them buried in the county landfill.

Gary S. Kauffman

Hagerstown




Working hard for Hagerstown



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