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Letters to the editor

November 05, 2003

Thanks so much


To the editor:

On behalf of Each One Teach One, African-American Historical Association I would like to thank everyone for assisting us in making the Harmon Dedication a success.

Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, NAACP of Washington County, Odalie H. Newby, Charlotte Keyes, Leonard Cooper, Iamo Harmon, Louise C. Brown, Ann Doleman, Geoffrey Karlan Agency Inc., Bobby Harmon, Sportsman Club, Second Christian Church, Market Lot Liquors, Steve Swayne, Hoffman Clothiers, Dorena P. Bernardino, Arnold Calbazana, Clique Club, Florence Miner, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, Hagerstown Police Department, F&M Bank, Stephen Moore, New Vision Sports Bar, Rick Keyes, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, Target, Always Catering, Supreme Block, Subway, Bobby Vernon, Picket News, The Herald-Mail, WHAG-TV, BJ's Custom Creations, Home Store, City of Hagerstown employees, Department of Public Works, GS Images, Grace Snively, Martins, Lowe's Inc., Brothers United Who Dare to Care, Washington County Historical Society, Washington County Library, Bethel Gardens Apartments.

If I have forgotten anyone, please accept my apologies. I would not have been able to complete this endeavor without your help.

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Brian Robinson
Each One Teach One
Hagerstown




People are always the last to know


To the editor:

Your front-page article ("City: Growth makes bypass a priority") regarding the extension of Eastern Boulevard north to align with Marsh Pike at Leitersburg Pike, shows something very different from the Comprehensive Plan that was in effect when we purchased our home near Marsh Pike in 1989. Though it's not in the "five-year plan" now, these things have a way of suddenly being funded and built - because they're "in the plan."

In the Comprehensive Plan at that time, Eastern was going to extend to an intersection with Leitersburg Pike about halfway between Marsh Pike and Longmeadow Road - near the Oliver Home development - and at the top of a ridgeline. From there, the road could have then been extended to align straight into Longmeadow Road near the apartments, taking traffic straight through Paramount with no heavy turning volume.

Over the years, I repeatedly checked with the county planners and engineers to stay abreast of "the plan," since we had a vested interest. In 1992, when the Planning Commission approved the Oliver Home development - which would have been directly in the way of "the line" - the Eastern Boulevard extension wasn't even mentioned, though it clearly should have been.

Repeatedly over the years, I had been given nebulous answers from the county planners and engineers. No doubt the terrain was challenging, but that's no excuse to publicize a misleading plan.

Anyway, the die for the present concept was cast when the county/state spent more than $4 million for the redesigned intersection at Marsh Pike/Leitersburg Pike and the realignment of Longmeadow Road with Maugansville Road.

An issue that doesn't seem to be in the discussion is: How will the traffic through Paramount be handled in the next decade? Whose house(s) are going to have to be eventually torn down in order to make an intersection that will work with heavy traffic trying to make the turn at Marsh Pike and Longmeadow Road?

Is the plan to stream traffic further north on Marsh Pike to link up with another bypass and to service hoped-for housing developments? I don't know those answers, but think I can tell you which group will be the last to know!

Don Hoffman
Hagerstown




Divisive letter doesn't represent all Muslims' views


To the editor:

Please allow me to state my deep concern about seeing such a divisive article being published in The Herald-Mail on Nov. 1.

Certainly in a free country like ours, every person has the right to express his or her opinion. This article should thus be taken as a personal opinion of the writer but it does not reflect the majority's position.

There is no compulsion in religion. Even the Prophet himself was reminded in the Qur'an that he was only a messenger.

May I conclude my remarks by stating that there is nothing better, as a good reflection on one's belief, than to behave like a true believer.

S. V. Yumlu
Hagerstown

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