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Letters to the editor

November 03, 2003

Berry says thanks


To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who has sent my father (Berry Chaney Sr,. the Beagle Man) cards, letters and pictures. He smiles every time a card or letter is read to him. He is home now but he has been on Eastern Boulevard a few times, even though he is supposed to be resting.

He loves what he does best and that is waving. I will be keeping a record of everyone who sends a card or letter with their names and addresses so that I can share with my children. This will show my children how much my father is loved by some who know him and some who only know him as the Beagle Man. Again I say thank you.

Jacqueline K. Sprecher
Hagerstown




Like that tax break?


To the editor:

That additional money in your paycheck from President Bush's and the Republican tax cuts sure is nice, isn't it? You are able to spend that money on what you consider important, rather than what some Washington politician considers important.

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However, if you voted for Democrat Sens. Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes of Maryland, and Democrat Sens. Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, you should consider sending that additional money back to the Treasury. Obviously, you don't believe you were paying enough income taxes.

Those senators all voted against the tax cuts. Remember that when you go to the polls to vote next November. And remember if Democrats regain power in Washington, those tax cuts will be repealed.

E.J. Hamilton
Gapland




Help Junior B-Ball


To the editor:

The Hagerstown Junior Basketball League has been serving the youth of Washington County for 55 years. Now as we prepare for our 56th season we are faced with a new dilemma. As has been reported, the Board of Education decided (based on the advice from staff) to impose fees to use school facilities. While we have had the luxury of using four gyms for five months for free we will now pay approximately $6,000 per season.

This program involves more than teaching the game of basketball. To many of the 280 players (grades 4-8) that we serve, the coaches become friends and mentors. They teach the intangible skills of teamwork, leadership, responsibility, pride and respect.

Throughout the years we have been recognized by high school coaches as being the foundation from which many of their players come from. Because of this new expenditure it has become necessary to increase our fundraising. Over the next few weeks we will feature a Fall Fling at Fairgrounds Park on Nov. 8-9.

It will include a craft show, flea market, live entertainment, children's area, seminars, holiday safety display, and on Nov. 9, a salute to veterans with Operation Yellow Ribbon.

On Nov. 16 we will feature a basket bingo and on Friday, Nov. 21 we will offer a golf tournament. Finally on Dec. 7 we will be hosting a bus tour to Pentagon City Mall. As president of this organization and on behalf of the youth for which this program is solely about, I am hereby soliciting the support of the citizens and businesses of this community.

We can use donations of various items for the flea market. We need craft and/or flea market vendors for the show. If you are one of the businesses that received our fundraising packet we would appreciate your participation.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone in advance for their continued support of this and all youth based organizations of Washington County. If for any reason you would like to discuss the above events in greater detail, please contact me at 301-733-9156.

Ken Welch
League President
Hagerstown

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