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April 27, 2003

It shouldn't take a war



To the editor:


I think it's great that the community is finally taking notice of our men and women in uniform. I do, however, believe that this recognition is only because of the war in Iraq.

It shouldn't take a war to get people to take notice. Our men and women in uniform serve every day, if not in their uniforms, then by the examples they set.

The hardships of being a military family are felt all the time - war time, peacetime, Christmas time, and every other day of the year.

And to all those who protest the war, just take a minute to remember who fought and lost their lives so you could have that freedom to protest.

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Amanda Griffiths
Hagerstown




Too much tax



To the editor:


Taxes! Every time you turn around someone is trying to raise taxes! What are you politicians thinking?

I know some of you own companies. And you should know that we can't afford more taxes! You politicians who own businesses should be screaming from the rooftops.

Just for the heck of it, I sat down and tried to add up all the taxes to see how much we are paying. It came out to be something like 53 percent. You people are too expensive.

James Bailey
Hagerstown




Review our school spending



To the editor:


Because of my children having been educated in the Greencastle-Antrim School District, I have always watched the operation, admittedly not as closely as I should have.

In recent times I have gotten more involved because I was disturbed when I found out some basic subjects were not being offered and that many of our children were falling through the cracks, so to speak.

I found this to be astounding considering the amount of taxes we all pay. I read the newspaper with great interest each budget year and the comments from our superintendent and elected school board members who say we must cut costs or raise taxes again becuase there is a shortfall.

This year they say it is because of the state cutting back on contributions to us. They talk as though this source of revenue relieves the taxpayer. The reality is that it is all our tax money! Upon closer examination, I have been amazed at how our money is being spent.

Before I go much farther I would like to make it very clear that I think we have some wonderful administrators, teachers and support staff and I share the view of "children first." However, I also believe this is not always the case.

I recently attended a school board meeting where I offered some budget cutting proposals that I also would like to share with the public. I have proposed that the school board take a look at the benefits package that is supplied to our employees as well as support staff.

Currently our school district pays 100 percent of all health, dental and vision insurance premiums for our employees, including individuals under contract. In addition, believe it or not, we pay many people not to take health insurance.

I have reminded the school board that in our area we have a median income per capita of approximately $23,000 a year. Many of our citizens who pay the bills are unable to have health care, or they have a cost-sharing policy.

We believe that a cos sharing with the employees would be both fair to the employee and the taxpayers. We have proposed this split in a cost sharing of 70 percent taxpayer and 30 percent employee. We also recommended an end to the practice of paying someone not to take the health coverage. This would result in a savings 3.17 mills or $441,190 per year to the taxpayer.

Mildred Sheeder
Greencastle, Pa.




Protesters do much harm



To the editor:


From the beginning of the war I, like most, have watched the massive news coverage on the television. I have mourned for those who have lost their lives and prayed for the families and loved ones left behind. I rejoiced at the recovery of one POW and prayed for those missing and still being held.

I don't know a single American who looks forward to war, but I am thankful for the men and women of our armed forces who put themselves in harm's way to protect the life of another. I am also very thankful for our Commander in Chief who refuses to look the other way while a heinous dictator mutilates and murders his own people.

I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America and proud of what this country is doing to free the people of Iraq.

I am ashamed of those who make a mockery of our country and claim the right to lie down in the streets of Washington, D.C., in protest of the war. I agree that we live in a free country and that everyone has the right to their own opinions and the right to openly express it, but never at the expense of another.

What gives you the right to block a public street preventing others from going about their daily lives? You claim to stand for life, but find no fault in putting the lives of your fellow citizens at risk by your own attention-seeking behavior. Then you have the nerve to whine about that lack of coverage your activity gets as if there is nothing more important to report.

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