Letters to the editor 5/15

May 15, 2003

A need to serve

To the editor:

I am 18 years old and a senior at Highland View Academy. Since the attacks of Sept. 11 and more recently the War in Iraq, I have questioned the rights that I have to say the words "Proud to be an American."

I can remember how my grandfathers, both of whom served in World War II, would talk of how lucky I was and they were to live in this country. They talked of how they witnessed the horrors of war and hoped I would never have to go through that experience.

Yet I cannot help but feel that in order to have the right to say "Proud to be an American" that somehow I need to serve my country. I know at one time this country had a draft and many people opposed it. Yet, I am not so sure that is something that all young people should not have to do.


I hear of soldiers who have recently died for our nation and think of the great sacrifice that they have given. I feel sorry for their families and their loss, yet I am sure that these people have great pride in their daughters and sons who gave because their nation needed them.

Please understand that this does not mean that I want to go out, get a gun and shoot someone or have someone shoot me, just to make me feel better. But I really believe that I need to serve in some form or another for my country - maybe in the medical field, or as a journalist or even a photographer - something.

My parents respect my decisions, but are very concerned of what could or might happen to me if I joined the military. I truly believe in a higher power and that he leads this nation, and that is why we have remained a free nation for more than 237 years. What has truly helped keep America this way is the sacrifices that have been made by our soldiers of the past and present and the right they have to say "Proud to be an American."

Timothy Adams

Shepherd leaders get vote of confidence

To the editor:

Regarding the allegations recently leveled at Shepherd College President David Dunlop and Daniel Starliper by the NAACP and FAIR, the Shepherd College Classified Employees Council met May 13 to discuss the validity of the accusations and share our opinions of the job that Dunlop and Starliper are doing in serving the needs of the college's 188 classified employees.

Classified employees are the most diverse group on campus, not only in terms of race, but also by job classification. Classified employees range from physical plant workers to departmental managers and secretarial staff to dining hall personnel. Classified employees are the backbone of the institution, providing support to the students, faculty and administration. We are in touch with every aspect of the campus and, collectively, know the college better than anyone.

With that being said, the council resolved to express a unanimous vote of confidence in President Dunlop and Dr. Starliper and support their continuing effort in bringing diversity to the Shepherd campus.

The classified employees of Shepherd College are only interested in offering the best product we can to our students and our community, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or nation of origin. We believe that President Dunlop and Dr. Starliper are excellent stewards of that cause.

The classified employees of Shepherd College have faith, first and foremost, in Shepherd College, and we trust that the community will recognize the efforts our institution is making in providing a welcoming, understanding campus.

Timothy Haines
Shepherd College Classified Employees Council
Shepherdstown, W.Va.

City-county consolidation raises too many questions

By Kristin Aleshire

To clarify on the comments submitted by the local delegation and County Commissioners in regard to the abolishment of the city as a separate government entity, I believe that Del. Weldon provided the most intelligent response to the proposition. Of course, one must remember that unlike any other member of either body, Delegate Weldon is the only individual with first-hand experience at the city (Brunswick and Frederick city administrator), county (Frederick County Commissioner), and state (delegation) levels.

The initial question from every municipal citizen should be "What are the benefits of living under a commission form of government, where every law that any person or group would propose would be subject to acceptance on an annual basis only through our local delegation?" More pointed, "Why would any citizen give up their charter form of government?" Imagine subjecting initiatives such as rental registration to the bill crafting of a local delegation that does not support such urban measures, and is represented under a majority suburban and rural constituency.

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