Letters to the editor - 4/11/03

April 11, 2003

Dog food or drugs?

To the editor:

To: Editorial Page Editor Bob Maginnis:

Having read your article in the Herald, I'm appalled at the mentality of your assessment of school funding. Are you on dog food or drugs, sir? Your incompetent belief that the money should just keep flowing to these idiots the schools are cranking out is insane.

No sir, not all the students are morons, but to assert that their only survival is computers is idiotic. Yes sir, you are absolutely correct that the factories are closed, and this country makes nothing in the manufacturing sector, as they took the high-yield route, and left the craftsmen and women at the shoreline.

So here we are, working two or three jobs, just so the family has its head high, and not on welfare! But to even ponder that kids will survive knowing the computer sciences is stupid, sir.


A nation cannot survive on the service industry; only manufacturing has - and will - make it competitive! Had you done your homework, sir, you'd realize in a heartbeat the one critical ingredient that's taking us down as a nation is the trade deficit!

But not one think-tank expert ever talks of this cancer, and if we as a people realized that it will be our undoing, we would demand the jobs return here, and the money circulate among ourselves, and not to China, which makes total junk!

Back to the funding of schools - fail those who don't make the grade, and pass those who do. Very simple, sir! Forget those nonsense mandates of "No Child Left Behind!" One sinks or swims in the real world and is not pampered. If I failed a course, I had a choice. I could repeat the grade or go to summer school.

And we think we as a nation are superior than other countries. I don't think so, sir. We had better get back to the three R's, or go under. Too many can't read at grade level, but are passed on! I retired from the Coast Guard after 35 years, and the life's lessons are unbelievable, sir.

What you may do is visit a mall, anywhere, and watch the show! It is free and what you'll see will blow your mind, sir. Should your paper have the boldness to publish this reply, I'd have considerably more respect for your paper. Let the truth out of the bottle. This nation is ready to snap.

Danny Lane

(Editor's note: Bob Maginnis agreed to waive The Herald-Mail's policy prohibiting personal attacks by letter-writers, who are not normally be allowed to suggest that someone is a drug user or "incompetent." The editorial in question appeared on Monday, April 7.)

Poor management

To the editor:

We were all told by the Franklin County Commissioners that they were not going to raise taxes for 2003. What got little mention was the fact that the commissioners raised additional funds through a bond issue. This is a loan; no different than going to the bank and borrowing money.

It is a tax increase because we taxpayers are going to have to pay it back with interest. Last year our county tax increase was a huge 37 percent. At one time our budget surplus was the envy of every other county in the state. Does this indicate that our tax dollars are being spent, as Warren Elliot said, in a fiscally sound manner?

"Better management" might have saved an estimated $300,000 in taxes that have been spent "negotiating" with PSSU, the union representing Human Services Case managers. The negotiations started almost three years ago. Why is it taking so long? Why is it costing so much?

Several years ago Gordon Beckner, child welfare director, was terminated. He appealed his termination as unjust and politically motivated. Recently an appeals court found in his favor. The county responded by filing a brief with the state supreme court.

It's been estimated that more than $100,000 in taxes has been spent in litigation against Gordon. How much more will a Supreme Court appeal cost? "Better management" could have prevented or resolved this conflict, saving thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Wilbur H. Daley Jr.
Waynesboro, Pa.

Let's rally for troops

To the editor:

I am an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy. I served during the Korean era. I am rather surprised that our city or county has not sponsored a rally in support of our military who are involved in the war with Iraq. I came up with the idea that I would see what I could do to personally hold such a rally.

I soon learned that an undertaking of this magnitude is beyond my capabilities, therefore I come to you to respectfully request that the two governing bodies come together to plan and coordinate this rally.

Our area has thousands of veterans and many more patriotic citizens who I know will support this effort. There are also many large businesses that would provide any financial support that might be needed.

I envision the following: An honor guard would present and post the colors, a clergyman would invoke a blessing, the Municipal Band would provide patriotic music, each person would receive a small American flag and patriotic songs would be sung.

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