Letters to the editor

July 29, 2004

Slow down at construction sites

To the editor:

We want to write this letter about a co-worker who was killed doing his job. He was a flagger. He was a great guy and was well liked by all employees. He knew his job well and his signs were in their proper place as per state standards.

But because a driver did not see the signs, our friend and fellow co-worker died. We know some motorists think we are out there to hassle them and cause them delays in their commute, but we are not. We are out here to do a public service and to keep motorists safe as well as the workers on the road.

So, please, next time you are out driving, pay attention. Our signs are hard to miss and remember, we are out here as a service to you.


Fellow co-workers of Michael Snyder
CHS Traffic Control Services Inc.
Frederick, Md.

Stottlemyer a great influence

To the editor:

I am a graduate of South Hagerstown High School's class of 1999. After graduating I left for the United States Marine Corps and am currently deployed to Iraq for OIF II. I read your story through an e-mail that I received from my cousin. I just wanted to thank you for writing a story about a man who is truly a legend in the Hagerstown community.

I was only fortunate enough to attend South High my senior year, but I was fortunate to have Ralph Stottlemyer as a teacher and a coach. His total dedication and devotion to duty as a teacher and coach is more than words could ever explain.

When I graduated from recruit training, Mr. Stottlemyer drove the 12 hours down to Parris Island, S.C., just to see me graduate because he said he would be there if I made it.

I don't know what you may think of that, but for someone to do that for one of their students is just heroic. I have even witnessed him give lunch money out of his own pocket just to make sure that a student did not go hungry. He also bought uniform items for his players.

I must close for now, but there are just two words that I would like to have passed to Mr. Stottlemyer and that is: Thank you.

Richard H. Troncatti II
Sergeant, USMC

Keep hospital in town

To the editor:

The hospital is part of Hagerstown. Having it moved out to Robinwood is wrong. If a new one is to be built, it should be built between Baltimore Street and Lee Street behind Mills' old gas station.

There are a few acres of grass growing behind the station. The city owns the empty station. Also, there is an old warehouse that can be torn down for building and parking. Warehouses should be built outside the city limits. They have outlived their usefulness.

This is an enormous amount of ground, not only for a hospital, but lots of space for free parking. With free parking and the new hospital near downtown, more people will come and shop. The town will prosper and rental property will be rented.

As for walking from the new parking around the hospital, it's not that far.

People walk all over the mall, at the outlets and where the new Wal-Mart is located. Long Meadow parking is all free, no fees. As for the old hospital, it is perfect for a dormitory for the college students who plan to attend our two colleges downtown.

As for parking meters they should be removed, and limit free parking by time signs. When a town has to depend on meter money, the town has a big problem.

Tom Vucina

Senators split over marriage

To the editor:

Marriage has been under fire for some time by liberal special interests - but now it's in danger of being burned to the ground. And Sen. Jay Rockefeller has helped light the match.

His refusal to support the Federal Marriage Amendment has killed the last best hope America had to preserve the institution as it has been defined for millennia. Very soon, we'll see marriage mean several different things in several different states.

We can be proud, however, that our other senator, Sen. Robert Byrd, mustered the courage the majority of his/her colleagues couldn't - the courage to say marriage should remain solely the union of one man and one woman.

Exactly what the future holds is anyone's guess, but one thing is certain: Only one of our senators understands the value of traditional marriage to society.

Let's not forget these votes the next time it's our turn to vote for who represents us in the Senate.

Let's remember that Jay Rockefeller voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, paving the way for a radical redefinition of the institution on which civilization has been based for 5,000 years.

Jack and Betty DeHaven
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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