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Letters to the editor - 6/12

June 12, 2003

Clendening should refuse planning post



To the editor:

The re-election of Matt Ward to the Charles Town City Council after defeating challenger Don Clendening is viewed by many as a landslide victory. Why? Because Clendening, a longtime resident with 27 years in a local fire department and many community organizations, should have beaten Ward badly. Clendening did not.

Clendening lost because the voters rejected his pro-developer stances and his failure to discuss the issues or debate. Yet the City Council took punitive measures against the voters of Charles Town who supported Ward, and failed to reappoint Matt Ward to the Charles Town City Planning Commission. Council usurped the voters' will when the same old crew, being Councilpersons Miller, Breeden, Robinson and Willingham, orchestrated the installation of Clendening, and Clendening supporter Willingham, to this City Planning Commission. Council did not advertise these openings.

Stacking the Charles Town Planning Commission with pro-developer supporters is egregious in light of the recent election. Keep your eye open for the annexations and sub-division requests that will surely come flooding into City Hall. Some on Council got Clendening to run against Ward. Now it is time for Ward supporters to ensure that we elect a Council in two years that Ward can work with. Voters need to ensure that every race in two years gives us a choice to prevent these types of actions by current councilpersons who do not care what the voters think.

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Although Council has voted Don Clendening onto the City Planning Commission, he should refuse the seat - because if he accepts, it would show just what kind of person he is after his stances were recently rebuked by the voters.

Dave Barnes

Charles Town, W.Va.




Gas prices are not too high



To the editor:

Regarding the letter from Steve Copoulos: Gas is too cheap now - SUV's only getting 17 mpg or less that don't have to adhere to any EPA regulations are taking over the roads. If gas were higher, people would stop buying gas guzzlers, because they couldn't afford the gas.

What is high is diesel fuel. The service vehicles use diesel - firetrucks, trucks, buses, etc. The taxpayers should be screaming about that. After all, you pay for that regardless if you drive an SUV or a car. I remember from 1973 and 1979 there was a gas shortage. We were to cut our use of oil. Am I the only one who remembers odd and even tag days?

Think about it - at 60 cents or $1 per gallon, you wouldn't go anywhere anyway. The highways would be closed due to accidents ahead, too much traffic and not enough highway. Ever wonder what the roads would be like if it were $3 per gallon?

Lisa Shoemaker

Mercersburg Pa.




Coincidence or....?



To the editor:

Paul Crampton is one of the group paying the Washington County Commission's legal fees in its annexation suit against the City of Hagerstown.

The Washington County Commissioners reversed the Planning Commission's denial of Paul Crampton's zoning request for Emerald Point. Coincidence? Or...?

John Colson

Hagerstown




Blair needs thumbs down



To the editor:

Thumbs down to Bob Maginnis for not assigning a thumbs down to lying ex-New York Times journalist Jayson Blair.

Tom Janus

Hagerstown

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