To relocate this business is not an easy or inexpensive thing to do. The balers are large and one of them needs a pit. It requires three-phase wiring. If a building is not found that the owner can afford (this type of business does not make one rich) or that he may put a pit in, or have the wiring needed for this equipment, he may be forced out of business.
Since the reason they have to move is so the EPA's cleanup can begin, because of something Central Chemical did years ago (which was legal and acceptable then), then why shouldn't the EPA or Central Chemical or even the city or county help with relocation costs? After all, Hagerstown Recycling helps the environment by keeping all these items from the landfill. They serve the people in Hagerstown and Washington County.
Union lets down picketers
To the editor:
I would like to say something about the union at Garden State Tanning where I work. It is dragging its feet when it comes to picket-line money that I and others are entitled to. We went out on strike in June and as of Aug. 29, four of us picket line walkers have not received our money. They (the union) don't mind taking our union dues every week, but are slack in paying what's due us. I think three months is long enough to wait for this small amount of money.
I have been to the head union steward at the plant, to no avail. They promised to check into this, but no money.
We have to pay our bills on time, or we get disconnected or have to pay extra money each month. All others received theirs. Where is ours?
Falling Waters, W.Va.
Hope's time had passed
To the editor:
In response to Jack Byers' letter to the editor which placed Bob Hope on a pedestal higher than that of Mother Teresa, and essentially bashed all current comedians because they say naughty words and talk about subjects inappropriate for preschoolers:
In defense of comedians everywhere - comedy evolves, much like humanity. Jokes become stale, different topics take the forefront, different comics prove worthy, other comics fade into the background. I've been performing stand-up comedy since I was 16 years old; I've never seen anything of Bob Hope's, short of Sportscenter showing him putting a golf ball like it was billiards.
Audiences change, thus does style. Every comic today is different. I guess that's what makes us different from Bob Hope. We write our own material and stay away from stock jokes and bad one liners about our wives, and bad golf game, even if it was HI-larious.
Granted, some comics may use foul language as a crutch (not as many as you think, Mr. Byers), but most don't. Some audiences are small-minded, but most aren't (I've even learned that most people in Hagerstown appreciate good humor as much as the next person).
Bob Hope played to easy audiences. Sure he was funny, sure he was a patriot and what-not. But Bob Hope has done nothing for comedy in the past 30 years. I've never been talking to a comic and have him tell me "Man, that Bob Hope, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be doing comedy today." More people were inspired by Tom Hanks in Punchline.
Bob Hope may have been funny, and even relevant, in the 1930s, but in the past 10 years, even USO shows were getting sick of him.
I'm sure servicemembers appreciated Mr. Hope, but if they had the choice between, the "First Ladies of Football" (Redskins cheerleaders), Angelyne, or Bob Hope, I highly doubt Bob Hope would have gotten much of the vote.
You can take your one liners about bad golf games, and I'll take my well-written jokes about cigarettes and other topics deemed offensive, and we'll both go on about our business.
To the editor:
Much to the relief of most parents, school is back in session. Students will be renewing friendships and meeting new teachers.