Letters to the editor

November 03, 2003

Problem solved

To the editor:

We seldom, if ever, read or hear about the assistance our elected officials often provide constituents in dealing with government departments and department officials.

So, we would like to publicly thank Washington County Commissioner John Munson for his help in resolving a problem we recently had with a county department.

The problem was one that posed a potential for personal injury to us and anyone else leaving our driveway. And one that could have exposed the county to a liability lawsuit.


After our unsuccessful attempts over a period of three months to resolve the issue with the head of a county department, we turned to Commissioner Munson.

Through his perseverance, Commissioner Munson was able to bring a resolution to the issue within two weeks.

Your readers should keep in mind that in addition to taking on the large issues of government, our elected officials can often help their constituents deal with the red tape of government departments or the inaction of government officials.

Again, thank you Commissioner Munson for your help.

Steve and Robbin Souders

Software helps raise funds

To the editor:

On Oct. 21, I attended a reception at Shepherd College introducing the Community Collaborative, a partnership between the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, Shepherd College, the United Way of Berkeley and Morgan counties and the United Way of Jefferson County.

This collaboration aims to support the development of nonprofit organizations of the Eastern Panhandle by offering workshops, making fund-raising resources readily available, and encouraging partnerships and collaboration.

Thanks to the Community Collaborative, there is now a set of the Foundation Center's grant-seeking software within the Shepherd College library, along with an impressive collection of other fund-raising resources.

These resources, complemented by workshops on "best practices" of the non-profit sector, will benefit all of the local nonprofit organizations. We are extremely happy to have this local resource to enhance our fund-raising for the environmental education programs at the Yankauer Nature Preserve.

Our thanks to the Community Collaborative for joining together to bring workshops and fund-raising resources to our local community. It will be a wonderful resource for service organizations to increase our capacity to serve our community.

Kristin Alexander
Director, Yankauer Nature Preserve
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Conference a success

To the editor:

On Friday, Oct. 3, the "Into the Light" Domestic Violence Awareness Conference was held at Hood College in Frederick. This year's theme was, "Men and Women - Partners in the Fight To End Domestic Violence."

The volunteer planning committee, consisting of nine employees from CASA of Hagerstown, the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Heartly House, Hood College and the Fort Detrick Family Advocacy Center, would like to thank the following for their generous contributions toward the conference:

Phyllis Beers of Mary Kay Cosmetics, CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carroll Creek Rotary, Beth Chaney, Karen Durkow, Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich, Flower Fashions, Jean Noelle Frank, Bob Franklin, Laura Jean Friedrich, Frederick County Sheriff's Office Community Services Section, Ft. Detrick Family Advocacy Center, Girl Scouts Shawnee Council, Katherine Hann, Sue Hecht, Hood College, Jason Lee of Quin Cam Cleaning, Jim Lindblade and Outback Steakhouse on U.S. 40, Astrid Lopez Goldberg of Southern Living at Home, McCutcheon's Apple Products, Brian O'Neill and Target on Urbana Pike, Chief Rick Puller, Scott Rolle, The Law Offices of Rolle and Conlon, Dave Sergeant, Sandy Sos of Longeberger and Staples on West 7th Street.

The conference was a success and we thank all the contributors and attendees for coming together as a community to educate themselves and others, and for joining the fight against domestic violence.

Teresa Bean
Becky Myers
Frederick, Md.

Are we really 'under God?'

To the editor:

I join with California atheist, Michael Newdow, in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against public school children pledging allegiance to "one nation under God." He and I do so for entirely different reasons, however.

For my part I think we should stop lying to, and through, our children. About a third of the population attends worship service weekly but it is hard to distinguish the members of that group from those who do not attend church. George Barna of the Barna Research Group says that his polling organization rarely finds any substantial difference between the moral behavior of the churched and the un-churched.

Since so few Americans seem willing for a Supreme Being to shape their day-to-day lives, it appears safe to conclude that not 10 percent of America is "under God" in any sense of the word.

Given these circumstances, it strikes me as hypocritical to recite "one nation under God" in school or anywhere else. The Supreme Court should bring the words of the Pledge of Allegiance in line with the realities of 21st-century America.

Lester Negley

SUVs don't hurt people...

To the editor:

I read an article in your paper the other day about how an SUV ran down a crossing guard. The way the article was written, it led you to believe that the SUV did it all on its own, that the driver had no control over what went on.

Didn't anyone in there take a course on English composition? You should know better than that. The SUV can't do anything on its own. Come on guys, your agenda is showing.

James Bailey

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