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Letters to the editor 5/14

May 14, 2003

Two good men



To the editor:


Warren Elliott and Bob Thomas are good Republican leaders for Franklin County. They have worked hard to move Franklin County, Pa., into the 21st century and to plan for the future.

They worked to produce the first plan for growth this county has had in more than 20 years. They have opened lines of communication with local government through the formation of a Countywide Council of Governments, expanded services to our senior citizens, strongly supported increased countywide drug task force efforts and coordinated the fund-raising and construction of the Public Safety Training Center that will help our volunteer firefighters and emergency services workers.

They have been, and will continue to be, instrumental in the redevelopment of the Cumberland Valley Business Park and the preservation of Letterkenny Army Depot.

More farmland is being preserved in our county than ever before. In the last several years, Franklin County has moved from 23rd to eighth in the entire state in preserved acres.

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They have managed through crisis. The exploding prison population and Sept. 11 terrorism tragedy have added tremendous responsibilities and costs to county government. Yes, taxes had to be increased, but let's not forget that compared to all the other counties in the state, Franklin County's county taxes have been either the very lowest or among the lowest each and every year of their administration. That's good management.

It is easy for anyone who has never voted to cast stones. But these are difficult times and we need proven leaders to work together for us. Commissioners Warren Elliott and Bob Thomas are those leaders and they are going a good job. They have my vote.

Bob Zullinger
Chambersburg, Pa.




Little League efforts appreciated



To the editor:


I would just like to let everyone know what a wonderful job the Valley Little League board members do for the children who play in this league. Sometimes parents do not realize how much time it takes to run the baseball league so the children can have a place to play, learn and grow. The person who really needs the most recognition is Ken Toms.

Toms is the president of Valley Little League and he goes beyond the call of duty. As most everyone is aware of, volunteers just like Toms run Little Leagues. Toms spends many hours at the field as well as at home doing his best to make sure the league is running smoothly throughout the whole year.

He makes sure that there is enough money in the account to cover all the necessary operating expenses. He makes sure members are doing their jobs and he even makes sure he helps with fund-raisers. (He even fund-raises for the league out of season). Probably the worst part of his job are the many, many telephone calls he receives. He responds to each and every call very professionally and does his best to assist the caller.

A lot of times, we the parents do not realize how much time is given. We sometimes only see or hear the negative and don't take the time to see the positive side. Let us remember that these people are volunteers and they are doing their best.

This is a big thank you to all the volunteers! Thank you for making our messed-up world a little better place to live in.

Kathy Yates
Hagerstown




Drug war fails



To the editor:


The drug problem has been around for a long, long time.

I can recall the efforts of police to crack down on the use of drugs that were prohibited by law as far back as the early '30s. It is now 2003.

The crackdown on illicit drugs and any strategies to curb their use have failed. Whenever there is no improvement or progress being made to curtail the drug problem, then there is failure. As long as there are drugs, there will always be drug consumption.

America has lost its war on drugs and I doubt there ever will be a drug-free world.

Arthur P. Keifer
Boonsboro

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