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Letters to the editor

March 06, 2004

Does state need a Hug?


To the editor:

Now University of Maryland Regent Richard Hug is under fire for soliciting donations for a pro-slots advertising campaign, and The Herald-Mail reports Hug's resignation is being sought.

Since I am seeking another college program, I've read the numerous articles and editorials in various newspapers about increasing college tuitions with great interest.

The reports note an almost 20 percent rise in Maryland college tuition this academic year and has me reflecting back on the role Gov. Robert Ehrlich's campaign manager, Richard Hug, played in that process.

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Readers may recall that Hug was an excellent fund-raiser. Since Hug can raise multiple millions for a political campaign, and now for a pro-slots advertising campaign, it seems he could turn that very positive talent into raising tens or even hundreds of millions for Maryland's university system.

Indeed, if he were directed to raise the endowment funds for the university system, or raise foundation and other contributions to make up for the budget shortfall, it might have been possible that instead of raising tuition this year, the university system could have held tuition steady.

Since Gov. Ehrlich put Hug in his position on the board of regents, it just seems that instead of being part of the problem, i.e., making the tuition situation worse, Hug should use his new position and influence in support of a solution.

Instead of speaking out for raising college tuition when so many students (and their parents) are having a tough time with payments, Hug should be speaking out to raise alternative funding sources.

If he played this role, he would make Gov. Erhlich look like a genius for placing him on the board of regents. He could even undo some of the damage he's already done, and put an end to calls for his resignation.

Douglas Scott Arey
ECI No. 130196 6D-15B
Westover, Md.




Someone who knows hate


To the editor:

Austin's God seems to be full of hate - it's right on the editorial page. My God is a God of love - there is no room in his heart for hate.

Since God can't be full of hate, maybe Austin has him confused with the devil. Now there is a hater for you.

B. Jones
Hagerstown




The Bible makes it clear


To the editor:

I was happy to read Mr. Davars' response to my previous letter titled "We don't hate, we improve" with his letter titled "Let's mind our own morality" published Feb. 23. Let me say at the outset that I will respond yet again, in a kind, loving and gentle manner.

First of all, I'm totally prepared to stand by what I said in my previous letter, however, I did appreciate the polite way that you responded, Mr. Davars, even though you strongly disagreed with what I stated. I'll readily admit that it is not my right or privilege to demand that others agree with my own opinions that I arbitrarily conjured up in my own mind.

Those who are of that mind-set, I believe, would be bigoted, would they not? However, I am able to rightfully condemn what God himself has clearly condemned in his word. What greater authority could be found?

It is really sad when many are convinced that they have a God-given right to be gay and marry the same sex on top of it!

I care about your desire to be happy and successful, Mr. Davars. The Bible declares that there is pleasure in sin for a season. I'm old enough to know that.

However, God, through His divine son, Jesus Christ, has the perfect solution for all sin, including sexual perversion. All of us were born in sin, in other words, with a sinful, adamic nature. Many, like yourself, want to excuse being gay because you want to believe you were born that way.

I want to say to those who are leaders in the community: educators, clergy, judges, politician - shame on those of you who accept and promote the gay lifestyle in any way, shape or form! God calls it an abomination! I care enough to tell the truth!

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.
Greencastle, Pa.




Too much information


To the editor:

It is really sad when the two Herald-Mail reporters made Kevin Hall's personal life and criminal record public.

Doesn't anyone at this newspaper have any common sense? Evidently "no" is the answer to that question. Don't you realize you could cause him to lose his job? You are not helping his social status.

The two reporters and the editor need to be held accountable for their actions.

L. Taylor
Hagerstown

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