Letters to the editor

November 24, 2003

Paper missed the volleyball

To the editor:

The Herald-Mail missed again in reporting sports events at HCC. The HCC girls volleyball team has worked its way to the NJCAA Division II tournament at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, on Nov. 13-15.

A tournament was played at HCC Oct. 17 and 18, which HCC won, and no one was there from the media to report on it. Regionals were held on Nov. 1 and 2. No one was there on Saturday to report, but on Sunday Jack Hill had a very nice write up, but no one was there to take pictures. HCC won the regionals, which qualified them for nationals. Not taking anything away from local high school sports, but I think HCC deserves better coverage than it has gotten.

Come on Herald-Mail, these girls have worked very hard to get where they are and certainly deserve more recognition from our local newspaper.


Glenn Peterson

Odd stand

To the editor:

Not to make too big a point of it, but isn't it more than a little incongruous for Pope John Paul II to declare the "Anglican-Episcopal gay dispute" (Oct. 26) can cause "new and serious difficulties on the path to unity," given the history of the Catholic Church with gay priests?

Just some food for thought.

Douglas Scott Arey
Westover, Md.

Let's rethink our policy

To the editor:

I don't know about you, but I am sad, angry, anxious and frustrated about the attacks on us in Iraq. Our men are dying every day, trying to help these people improve their way of life. The Iraqi people as well as the Islamic leaders must take a more active role in stopping the acts of terror by the fanatics in their midst.

With the casualties mounting and the high cost of the U.S. and coalition forces there, I believe it is time to make plans to complete our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have done what we wanted to do, that is, gotten rid of Saddam and his evil dictatorship, and also the Taliban in Afghanistan. Now is the time to form governments from the native people in each country and let them govern with our support.

It is clear to me they do not want us there now as a military force when a group of Iraqis are cheering and are glad to see one of our helicopters shot down, killing 16 of our soldiers and wounding 20, on their way home. Now is the time to protect a time to withdraw, my thinking is within one year. With so many different religious and party groups in Iraq, leaders in a formed government could be made up of people from each group.

I have a question for you, why do the Muslim fanatics hate us? I haven't heard an explanation from them, except to say we are infidels.

I've drawn my own thoughts about it, like they don't want freedom to come for all their people and the fact that we support Israel. I don't know, do any of you have other ideas of why they hate us so much? To solve the problem and to realize a peaceful co-existence, we must understand each other and have mutual respect for different beliefs and cultures.

I do support our country in our war on terror, which I believe we have destroyed some training camps, etc., in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, the enemy is worldwide.

Jack Myers

Poor showing

To the editor:

The cover of Parade, a national Sunday magazine pictured PFC Jessica Lynch in her home town standing in front of a beat up old house in need of major repairs.

It's a wonder they didn't have her pose in front of pick-up trucks on cinder blocks with an out house in the background. Guess that's just her way of promoting a great state, West Virginia.

Glen Conway
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Film for thought

To the editor:

In recognition of World AIDS Day, Hagerstown Community College will host a screening of the film "Pandemic: Facing AIDS" followed by a speaker on the topic of AIDS on Monday, Dec. 1.

This event will be held in the Kepler Theater at 6:30 p.m. The film is 45 minutes long and the entire event will be only shortly over one hour. Admission is free to all interested parties, but donations will be accepted and are greatly appreciated.

The film is sponsored by Doctors of the World-USA, and this organization will match each donation dollar for dollar. Think of it this way: Every dollar you donate is really giving two dollars to help stop the epidemic of AIDS.

This will be a fantastic educational experience, even if you choose not to donate! The film is appropriate for all ages and is suitable for school-aged children. It focuses on the stories of several young people overseas who are suffering from the consequences of AIDS.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would be interested in making a donation but cannot attend the event, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Alaina J. Rowe
Hagerstown Community College

Library supported

To the editor:

A strong viable public library says much about a community and its priorities. Again this year, the Washington County Free Library's fund-raising "Gala in the Stacks" was a resounding success. This annual Gala is gaining the reputation of being one of the most unique and entertaining social events of the year.

We sincerely thank the Hagerstown/Washington County community that supported and attended this wonderful evening. Over $20,000 was raised to help build new branch libraries in Smithsburg and Boonsboro and to renovate the central library in Hagerstown. More than 80 percent of needed dollars to build each library must be raised through library and community efforts.

Thank you also to our partner, The Herald-Mail Company and to our sponsors, volunteers and donors. We hope to see you next year on Oct. 9, 2004, for the fifth annual "Gala in the Stacks."

Mary Anne Burke
Mary C. Baykan
Washington County Free Library

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