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Letters to the editor - Part 2

October 26, 2003

Golf benefit was great


To the editor:

On Friday, Oct. 3, the Waynesboro Golf Course hosted the 7th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. This affair benefits "The Lunch Place," which serves hot meals to the less fortunate.

The celebrities included Lou Michaels, Fred Miller, Art DeCarlo (Baltimore Colts), Ray Harbaugh (Milwaukee Braves), Paul McNeal (Cleveland Indians scout), Barney Cable, John Nacincek (Baltimore Bullets), Carl Kammerer (Washington Redskins), Patrick Fleagle (Pa. State Representative), Jim Phelan (Mount St. Mary's College).

The tournament realized a net profit of $1,489 for "The Lunch Place."

The golf results were: Longest drive - Casey Devlin; closest to the pin - Ray Dole, Steve Hines, Rick Foreman and Jim Thomas.

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A Flight winners - Barney Cable, Scott Stitely, Jason Sariano, Lynn Goetz and Andy Grove. Second place - Paul McNeal, Tom Simmers, Mike Kauffman, Chris Breed and Bob Banzhoff.

B Flight winners - Jeff McLaughlin, Guy Henicle, Casey Devlin, Mike Sanders, Cory Kayhoe and Jason Barnhart. Second place - Fred Miller, Steve Hines, Vince Farmer and Shawn Maginnis.

Washington County Sponsors included Yingling's Golf Center, New Horizon Sportswear and John P. Corderman.

Thanks again to everyone involved.

Harry C. Grove III
Waynesboro, Pa.




Commandments are the law


To the editor:

Once more a columnist attacks Christians who support the Ten Commandments for our nation. Leonard Pitts uses the stoning or intended stoning of a Muslim lady to attack Christians.

He cites the "Christian" Bible as prescribing stoning for adultery. The verse in question is Leviticus 20:10. Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law." Christians follow the New Testament law of Christ, which is forgiveness, but I would not expect that you as a modern journalist would know this.

Mr. Pitts, we are an increasingly fractured nation. We are losing the American consensus. Our Declaration of Independence says we are endowed by our creator with our rights. It begins by saying the laws of nature's God entitle us to our separate and equal station among the nations of earth.

This is our national consensus. It is based upon the Laws of nature's God. It is the Ten Commandments. Recently on Oprah, little 13-year-old girls were giving sexual services to older boys. Who says this is wrong? The Ten Commandments. Executive liars are on trial for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from stockholders. Who says stealing is wrong? The Ten Commandments. A boy went to school and shot his teacher. Who says murder is wrong? God does in the Ten Commandments.

We are investigating whether our government lied to us. Who says lying is wrong? God does in the Ten Commandments. We are told that investors still do not have faith in the new leader of the stock market because of the greed and corruption of insider trading and rigged balance sheets. Who says greed and coveting are wrong? God does in the Ten Commandments.

We were told that concerned parents were the greatest factor in the educational performance of a child. Who tells children to listen to and respect their parents? God does in the Ten Commandments. Where did we turn when our buildings in New York and D.C. were being blown apart? This nation turned to God just like our forefathers did when they wrote the Declaration of Independence.

There are things in the Ten Commandments that this nation better hear and better obey. Mr. Pitts, if you take our Ten Commandments from us, what will you give to us to replace them? Can we trust lawyers, politicians or columnists like you?

Make no mistake about it. The Ten Commandments are required for our national consensus. When we rip them out of our children's hands, this nation will decay like rotten fruit. Your column talks about the self-righteous Christians. Well, I am concerned about the self-righteous liberals who think we can get along without God's Ten Commandments.

Robert Stone
Greencastle, Pa.




'Queen' gets too many perks


To the editor:

Someone has to burst the Elizabeth Morgan bubble. The difficult-to-fathom love affair between the School Board and Superintendent Morgan has reached unacceptable levels. I have talked with a few teachers and other taxpayers, all of whom fail to share the board's enthusiasm. Please publish the following at the earliest practicable date:

Kudos to S. Miller, the Smithsburg student who had the courage to question the propriety of providing a private privy for Morgan at taxpayers' expense (Letter to the Editor published Sept. 23). Why haven't we heard from the parents and other concerned taxpayers?

Student Miller has a valid point: if the 'queen' needs a private evacuation center, why shouldn't she pay for it out of her own pocket? In addition, she should be charged rent for the use of the facility for the duration of her tenure. She can well afford this amenity in view of her recent "performance bonus" and salary increase in the amount of $8,400 (over and above the $120,000 salary she already enjoys.

Incidentally, since when is it appropriate to award a bonus and salary increase for satisfactory performance in the job for which hired? The maxim to the effect that "when everybody thinks alike, somebody isn't thinking" certainly applies to the board's reported 7-0 vote on this issue).

The board had fair warning that it was importing a prima donna when the applicant pleaded for the appointment of two administrative assistants (at a taxpayer cost approaching $200,000 per year) to do much of the work for which she was employed.

The recent expenditure of taxpayer funds for the chief administrator's personal facility should have evoked some additional reservations and raised questions as to the propriety of a "performance bonus."

In short, enough is enough - too much in this instance. It is time for not only students but teachers, parents and other taxpayers to call a halt to the board's largess in catering to the 'queen.'

Paul G.H. Wolber
Hagerstown

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