Letters to the editor - 6/14

June 16, 2004

Critter kindness

To the editor:

In his letter ("Bears have the right to be rugs," June 9), Jim Rickard takes Williamsport resident Randy Breeden to task for opposing the bear hunt and for "impeding traffic" while rescuing orphaned groundhog babies.

How can we have so little compassion for our fellow creatures, children no less, that a few moments spent in traffic seem more important than saving lives? My face lights up when I see groundhogs eating by the side of the road, and I thank Breeden for trying to save them.

I also oppose the bear hunt. The measure of a real man - or woman - is the strength of character to use our power to ease suffering, not to cause it for sport and trophies.


Rickard says, "We did not claw our way to the top (of the food chain) to solely eat salads!" I have a been a vegan for 20 years and I can assure him that I eat a lot more than salads, and all of it is delicious.

I hope he will check out the shelves (plural) of outstanding vegetarian and vegan cookbooks at Borders. Just as "an eye for an eye" has yielded to "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," so "clawing our way to the top" must yield to sharing the earth with all of our neighbors, even if it means holding up traffic for a few minutes.

Patti Rogers


In appreciation of Andrew Sussman

To the editor:

At its May meeting the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) paused in its deliberations to express appreciation to Andrew Sussman, who joined CVSM as executive director in 1994 and marks his 10th year of service to the school.

During his tenure, Andrew has seen the school's annual budget increase from $214,000 to $466,000, enrollment increase from 486 to 653 students annually and the number of locations served by CVSM increase from four to nine. This expansion has required an increase in employees from three to six over the last 10 years and necessitated that we expand the faculty from 42 to 50 in that time period.

Andrew has added the African-American Gospel Workshop and the Celebration of Jazz among many other concerts, bringing world-class musical talent to the area for the benefit of all our citizens.

All of Andrew's effort during his service and the many things accomplished on behalf of all who love music have helped to raise the profile and reputation of CVSM as a premiere music school in our area.

The CVSM Board of Directors congratulates Andrew Sussman for his many contributions over his 10 years of service. To recognize this milestone in his career we passed a resolution memorializing those contributions and our appreciation of his efforts.

Andrew's stewardship at CVSM has touched and improved the lives of many students and their families in the Cumberland Valley. Those who wish to acknowledge their own appreciation of Andrew's success and to help the school even further can send contributions with that notation to Cumberland Valley School of Music, in care of Thanking Andrew Sussman, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

S. Eugene Herritt

President, Board of Directors

Cumberland Valley School of Music

No need for concealed guns

To the editor:

In reply to "Prison guards need to carry guns," Friday, May 28, here is my opinion on why retired state, county, city and correctional police officers should not carry a concealed weapon.

1. The person is "retired." To be retired is to be withdrawn from business or depart from employment.

2. To stay in an area or to go to their old employment location where a person is approached by ex-cons has got to be very naive.

I am a disabled federal employee who was stationed overseas for a good 17 years and carried a weapon in my tenure. I also have friends who retired from the F.B.I., Army, C.I.D. agent, Army A.S.A., and N.S.A. agent and they do not have permits to carry.

The police should not even carry while off duty. Police do not work 24 hours a day. I know of only one agency that works 24 hours a day, and that is D.O.D. (Department of Defense) active duty military.

As for the other reason ex- and retired officers should not carry is nothing comes up on the police blotter as to reports of domestic violence and abusive behavior of those individuals.

I do remember an incident that occurred on year on U.S. 40 east in Hagerstown. A group of officers from Pennsylvania and other locations were at a restaurant when violence broke out among the officers and a few of the guests. I was going in the door when a Hagerstown policeman came out with one of them and tried to restrain him. Needless to say, the Hagerstown police officer needed help, so I helped restrain the person. We don't need any more guns out there; especially for non-duty/off-duty personnel.

However, I am for the U.S.-born American citizen's constitutional right to bear arms. I have weapons, too. However, I do not have the need to carry a concealed weapon!

Mac R.L. McIntyre

Falling Waters, W.Va.

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