Letters to the editor

April 12, 2004

Similar problem at local library

To the editor:

I could not believe my eyes when I read the March 28 editorial titled "Poor service at library" written by Robert and Diane Mitchell. I had the exact same experience and none of the four people I spoke with at the library told me there were any computer problems. I was made to feel like I did something wrong.

My 4-year-old and I borrowed some children's books and returned them on the due date of Feb. 25. On March 23, I received a bill for $250 from the library stating that if I did not pay within 15 days, my son's account would be turned over to a collection agency. Needless to say, I was aghast.

I promptly called the downtown branch and explained my situation. I was advised that I should call the Clear Spring branch and ask them if they had the books. I hung up and immediately called the Clear Spring branch.


I called the Clear Spring branch the morning of March 24 and spoke to the head librarian. She was very nice and told me that she would look into the matter. She called me back a few hours later and said that they had located 17 of the books, but there was still one outstanding title they could not locate. Is it just me or when they have already admitted to losing track of 17, shouldn't they have just assumed No. 18 was part of their mistake, as well?

I realize that borrowing books from our library is a privilege. I also realize that the library is a free service, but I would have expected a little better customer service. They are, after all, providing a service, aren't they?

Leslie Bussard
Clear Spring

Hard worker let down

To the editor:

What is wrong with our system?

I have a niece, S.G., who needs a new heart, but she can't get disability. Why? She has tried, and has all the doctors' papers to prove it.

She has been a great person, a hard worker always, and she would work but can't. She and her husband are buying a home; they need her income also. I feel so sorry for them.

It seems those who don't care and won't work get their free cards, etc. It just isn't fair to honest, hard workers who try.

I pray she gets her disability soon. I'm sure it's been a year or more. She can't work. I don't understand the delays here.

Barbara A. Myers
Greencastle, Pa.

We pay, then the government spends

To the editor:

Where is that "flush tax" going?

According to The Washington Post, the town of Onancock has discharged insufficiently treated sewage since 1985, an increase of 13,000 pounds a year, or 60 percent. After 20 years of political posturing and photo-ops, water quality in the bay has not improved, not a whit. It's nitrogen pollution. Sue the companies that are letting it run in - or are they donating to campaigns so they can get away with it?

According to The Herald-Mail, agriculture department employees used government credit cards to pay tuition for bartender school, to buy Ozzy Osbourne tickets, lingerie and tattoos and to make a downpayment on a new car.

Taxpayers should be outraged. Twenty five USDA employees took cash out of an ATM, totalling $196,000. Some paid off personal debt. Exactly 1,549 former employees were found to have still-active cards.

More than 8,000 employees made a total of $5.8 million in purchases other than for bonafide travel expenses. The agriculture department didn't care about the bay and spent our tax money foolishly. Why should we care? Let's have an investigation.

Why is MVA almost doubling our registration fees? People, how would you like to use taxpayer money to pay your personal debt? Our tax money is not at work.

John Baker
Clear Spring

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