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Letters to the editor

June 25, 2004

Aleshire should stick to facts, not innuendo



To the editor:

I am amazed and amused by Hagerstown City Councilman Kristin Aleshire's recent article on the CATO Institute and the location of the hospital. Just suppose I wrote, "Kristin Aleshire can't be believed because he is a government employee, and we know government employees all promote big-government solutions so their jobs will be secure."

That's about parallel to what Aleshire has done in his attack on Tom Firey. Instead of engaging Firey's argument, Aleshire resorts to attacks on Firey's place of residence and his place of employment, the CATO Institute. He tells us what CATO "prescribes" to (he means "subscribes," I presume) by quoting attacks from a couple of Web sites of organizations that are opposed to CATO.

He neglected to refer to CATO's own Web site, www.cato.org, which describes the organization as supporting "the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace." That would seem to be the first place to go to understand the organization.

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Let me continue, using Aleshire's method of argument. One Web site to which he refers belongs to the Institute for Public Accuracy, which was described on www.frontpagemag.com as promoting "an anti-American, anti-capitalist, and anti-Israeli agenda. Veteran leftists and Marxist ideas dominate IPA, which also has deep ties to radical Arab activists."

But I'm charitable enough to think that Aleshire is merely nave rather than a tool of Marxists and radical Arab activists.

The other Web site he referred to, "Critiques of Libertarianism," must have impressed him so much that he lifted four paragraphs word-for-word from it, without quotation marks.

Now that I've written these negative things about Aleshire, I observe that I have not said anything useful about the issue at hand, which is the location of the new hospital and the process for deciding on it, just as Aleshire did not when he followed this method of argument.

Firey's article was written from a free-market, libertarian point of view, which is that government intervention often makes the situation worse even when it is trying to be helpful.

Aleshire obviously believes something different. I would say that Firey made a much better case, since if Aleshire made a case at all, I couldn't understand what it was. Let me suggest that facts and good analysis are the way to make a point, not innuendo and name-calling.

Judy Warner

Rohrersville

(Editor's note: The quote marks in Aleshire's article were removed in error during the editing process.)




Outraged by big pics? Everybody should be



To the Editor:

Two recent letters (A.R. Himes, June 18, and Jane Schimidt, June 21) complained about the "outrageous" pictures used in a recent Pro-Life demonstrations along U.S. 40. Large pictures that showed the bodies of innocent babies killed by abortionists, in many cases paid for by our tax dollars.

The writers were particularly upset that their young children were exposed to these graphic posters. Jane Schimidt said her daughters were "greatly traumatized," and that her daughters "will have these photos forever etched into their minds." Has she considered the trauma that the baby in the photo suffered? These parents missed a great "teaching moment."

I hope the children never do forget. Isn't is a help to her daughters to know the truth when in a couple of years, they will be bombarded by pro-abortion lies in their sex-ed classes in school? That's when they will be told that they have a right to kill a child in their womb without even having to consult their parents.

Likewise, I hope they have seen, and never forget, pictures of the Nazi death camps, of the lynchings of blacks in our own country, of the Cambodian "killing fields," the executions of the Americans in Iraq and the abuse of prisoners of war by our forces.

Do these same parents shield the children's eyes from all the soft porn magazines, tabloids and displays in the markets and malls? Are those the images and peers they want as role models to be stored in their daughters' minds? Do they avert their gaze from the live displays of the girls holding the signs at the student car washes? Some of them dress and act like junior street walkers. Will this be your daughter next year?

The only outrage going on is that so many want to cover up the truth about this killing - that it is more important to have a nice pleasant trip to the mall or birthday party. The babies in the photos will never get to the mall or celebrate a birthday.

Richard Giovanoni

Hagerstown

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