Letters to the editor - Part 2

November 03, 2003

Put soldier deaths up front

To the editor:

I have been a Boonsboro resident for the past year, along with my wife and three girls. I have found my calling as a husband and a father. In a different climate I might have joined the military as my father before me did. All of this background is to set the scene for my question.

How can a visit from the lieutenant governor and rising home-heating costs make the front page, while the news of America's young men and women dying in a foreign land only make it on the second page with smaller headlines?

Is this at the request of the government because the negative headlines are changing the polls? I doubt it. Is it because we all just need a little good news? I doubt that as well. Possibly the advertisers are complaining that their dollar isn't bringing them the business they hoped. Again, most likely not. You tell me, since that is what your publication is doing.


What happened to this country? When I was in school I read of these terrible conflicts that our country had been involved in. I learned that the military was referred to as "our boys." Ours, as in the children of the country. Now it seems that the military is referred to as a good career opportunity for the less fortunate who can't afford college - and if these less fortunate get killed in the line of duty, well, they signed up for it.

Why don't we instead, since we don't seem to care for the personal sacrifice of our country's finest, simply keep a column of the most up-to-date figures on how the conflict is affecting our economy or most importantly our stock portfolios? That's what we all really want, isn't it?

I am 36 years old and if I could join up I would. But I realize now that we are all serving in this conflict. Whether you agree with the intention of the war in Iraq or not, you are a part of it. We all are. And whether you go down in history as a supporter or not, whether you stand on a corner with a sign in protest or support or not, I urge all to not go down in history as helping the war in Iraq become forgotten. And more importantly, do not forget our country's finest or let their sacrifices be forgotten.

Any death of any service man or woman in any conflict should be front page news. If I ran a paper, this would be the case.

Paul McNeil

This 'dinner' crossed the line

To the editor:

I have very strong opinions on a lot of political, religious and social issues. I have been pleased, disgusted and amused by items I have read in your paper. None of these have forced me to take pen to paper and express myself, until now.

Why in the name of all that is right are you publishing something as ridiculous as "Desperation Dinners?"

In case you have not noticed, this country has undergone a culinary revolution in the last generation. People have become very serious about exploring all type of ethnic and gourmet foods, and they are increasing willing to attempt them at home. There is even a TV channel completely devoted to food preparation.

To understand the demand for culinary information, compare this to the fact that there is no channel devoted completely to auto repair, fishing, outdoor recreation, football, needlework, stamp collecting, woodworking, painting or any number of other hobbies.

In response to this demand, The Herald-Mail publishes a column whose last recipe was to dump a can of chicken broth, a can of black beans, frozen ravioli and salsa together and call it "Mexican Ravioli Soup" or some such silliness. I am a little fuzzy about what is supposed to happen next, but I believe you are supposed to serve this to you family. Don't you like your relatives?

I find it hard to believe that you cannot find anything in the culinary world better than this to publish. I recommend you try a little harder to meet the obvious needs of your customers.

Mike Mason

Bicycles are vehicles, too

To the editor:

Last May, in training for a bicycle trip to Europe, we were nearly run off the road at the interchange of Leitersburg Pike and Marsh Pike.

This past summer a biking event was held in the Boonsboro area. It apparently annoyed someone enough to write to the paper and complain.

We would like the drivers and cyclists in this area to know that bicycles have the same legal requirements and restrictions as motor vehicles with these exceptions: Bicycles are prohibited from interstates, toll facilities, highways with a speed limit over 50 mph (riding on shoulder is permitted); if no shoulder is available, bikes must ride on right-most portion of outer lane; they are not allowed on sidewalks unless permitted by local ordinance.

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