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Letters to the editor

July 24, 2003

Don't tolerate unacceptable behavior


To the editor:

I was at a Little League baseball game when I found out that my nephew was called the "n" word by one of his teammates prior to the game. Obviously, this angered me beyond words. However, the events that followed caused me greater concern.

The boy was permitted to start the game and remain on the team. The boy's mother did nothing to discipline her child. Her attitude was such as "What do you want me to do about it? I do not have anything to do with it."

Again, I am very angry with the youth using this word but the actions of the adults were terrifying. After some people voiced their opinions on the ordeal and the non-action taken by the manager, other adult comments were "let it go," "get over it," "people make mistakes" and "he said he was sorry." My response to this is, "That is easy to say when you are not black."

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Let's wake up. It is time to realize that being called the "n" word is not something you just get over. You carry that experience with you forever. It is not just a mistake, it is a racial slur used only to intentionally hurt, belittle or shame someone.

I feel his parents and the manager should have disciplined the boy. As parents, coaches, teachers, anyone who is a leader of children, it is our duty to guide children. For that matter, it is our duty as fellow human beings to guide each other, regardless of age. So the next time you hear someone say the "n" word and you say to yourself "that is terrible," speak up and say something to the person. It is time people realized that you are either for the use of the word or against it. If you hear someone say it and you do not actively respond to it, then you are condoning it and you are just as guilty. It is that simple.

Heather Dixon
Hagerstown




State keeps raising fees


To the editor:

The unemployment rate is 6.4 percent, and the Maryland Motor Vehcile Administration slaps another fee on us. I read in another paper that the Chesapeake Bay is just as bad as it was 20 years ago. So much for all that money we put out.

Now the trauma center. If it does not stay open after we are forced to donate, can we get a refund?

I don't want the money spent on a Lincoln Navigator or raises. The July 5 Herald-Mail said many job seekers are running out of money and patience. What could be next? Well - how about an emission test every year and raise the price to $28? How about a receipt so we know our money, yes, our money, is being used for the trauma center?

Just take our pay checks and give us vouchers. You can spend the money better than we can. It's getting to the point where you can write a book of what we can't do, and on a 3-by-5 index card of what we can do. Freedom is getting thin. You don't do it, you don't get your license.

It's the power of our government, at work.

John Baker
Clear Spring




Private Medicare?


To the editor:

Last year U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett voted to put prescription drugs under Medicare for seniors and people with disabilities. But what he is not telling you is that it would also privatize Medicare. The TV ads running are being funded by the pharmaceutical companies.

The congressman has abandoned the people in his district again and given his loyalties to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay and voted for that god-awful prescription drug bill HR 1, giving the HMOs control over what prescriptions the people will or will not get. Watch out for the hidden agenda, for this bill will also privatize Medicare in the future. The people deserve better protection on health care than your vote, Congressman.

William Stevens
Vice-President
AFCSME Retirees
Chapter One
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