Letters to the editor

March 03, 2004

Support W.Va. airport expansion

To the editor:

Our nation is living in difficult times regarding security issues. We are presently involved in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. No matter one's politics, Sept. 11 is embedded in the national psyche.

We did not choose this battle. Innocent Americans going about our daily routine were murdered and injured from the sky by aircraft converted into missiles. It is the duty of all areas of this great nation to do their part in this battle to preserve our freedoms and our way of life.

We should feel honored that the military has chosen the Martinsburg, W.Va., area to enlarge and enhance operations that will facilitate their actions on behalf of all of us. At present there is one other airport that is fully operational to handle the C5 aircraft for the Air National Guard. Given our proximity to the nation's capital, any effort this community can make to aid in this new war of the 21st century is required.


In the next round of deployment in the Iraqi conflict, almost half of the soldiers will be National Guard members. It has been stated that 40 guard members have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. They have left families and loved ones behind and a nation that will always be grateful for their facing the dangers of a world gone mad.

If the expansion is successful at the Eastern Regional Airport, it should be fully operational by 2007. We do not know the dangers we may face as a nation in the years before then. Any sacrifice we can make to facilitate National Guard efforts on our behalf should be forthcoming and supported by our communities.

John R. and Jane A. Peacher
Martinsburg, W.Va.

City should look in mirror

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin Aleshire's recent criticism of Del. John Donoghue. Donoghue is a great and well-respected representative of this community, as well as an honorable and decent family man.

Due to his many obligations with his job, his obligations in Annapolis and most important of all, his family, how could one somehow expect him to attend all local functions? Del. Donoghue is one of the hardest-working representatives we have, both here and in Annapolis.

Donoghue has been working hard on behalf of his constituents for many years. My advice to Councilman Aleshire is to look in the mirror along with the rest of the city council (with the exception of Penny Nigh) when you feel frustrated with ongoing problems facing the City of Hagerstown.

Other than Nigh, who does a great job, you folks are truly an unprofessional bunch who are responsible for the position the city finds itself in.

Jeffrey Shifler

Janus' stands appreciated

To the editor:

It takes courage to run for elective office here, and if a person is intent on saving taxpayers' money, that person is singled out for attack. For example, John Munson's sole stated reason for running for the Washington County Commissioners was to save our money - and he is attacked at every opportunity.

More recent an example is Tom Janus, bravely running for school board against the others who still feel at this late date that throwing more money at schools will improve them.

He is the only one who spoke at the budget hearing who urged helping us taxpayers by cutting expenditures, while at the same time improving education. The only one.

The attacks against him began with the absurd three-minute limit given speakers at that hearing. The attacks heated up on Feb. 28 with a long, sarcastic, uncivil letter by J. Fischer, full of educrat gobbledygook and spin.

No wonder so few good folks come forward.

Jo Ann West

Before writing, get all the facts

To the editor:

Two Sundays ago you printed a column by Lyn Widmyer, one of your writers from West Virginia.

According to Ms. Widmyer, she had overheard a conversation between two men discussing why they should not have to pay school taxes when they had no children in public schools.

Rather than engage these gentlemen in a meaningful conversation to present her views, Ms. Widmyer instead chose to write to the newspaper to air her grievances with them.

She criticized the way they were dressed (in short pants); she ridiculed their appearance (knobby knees); and demeaned their chosen careers (postal workers). It is a shame that Ms. Widmyer, or anyone else for that matter, cannot tolerate anyone having views which don't agree with theirs.

I have always enjoyed a good debate, but I have found that a person who resorts to insults, personal attacks or even bullying generally has a very weak, unsupported argument. Their credibility is suspect and frequently, people will tune them out and their point is lost.

Ms. Widmyer further attempted to sway her readers by slamming the United States Postal Service. She claims that she gets all of her mail via the Internet (e-mail) and asks why should she have to pay her taxes to support the Post Office.

Had Ms. Widmyer done her homework she would have known that the Post Office does not receive even one thin dime in taxes to support it. Day-to-day operations in the Postal Service are funded strictly by the revenue generated from the sale of postal products and services - not taxes. This has been the case since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the Postal Reorganization Act into law.

Unfortunately, this misconception about taxes going to the Postal Service is shared by many people throughout the country.

Robert N. Windisch

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