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Letters to the editor

October 16, 2004

Sign theft backfires


To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big "thank you" to the individual(s) who took it upon themselves to steal the Kerry/Edwards sign from my front yard.

You've done me and the Kerry campaign a huge favor. Since I just had to buy new signs to replace the ones you stole, Kerry now has more cash to use for his campaign.

Also, instead of spending every Sunday from now until election day on the couch watching a football game, I'll be out registering voters in the key swing states and canvassing door to door for my candidate.

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And as studies show, higher registrations and voter turnout benefit the Democrats. Thanks for the motivation. I couldn't have done it without you.

It seems only four years ago that people like you were calling people like me "sore losers." All it took was for your candidate to lose one debate and you are trespassing and stealing personal property. Right now it seems that the citizens of Iraq have more right to express their opinion than we do here.

For the Bush administration and supporters like you, it seems that free speech is only free if it supports your position. As a member of the United States military, I protected your right to free speech and I am not about to let you take away mine.

Melissa Stoey
Greencastle, Pa.




Good deed goes punished


To the editor:

Good Samaritan or accused thief? Innocent until proven guilty or just assumed guilty by stereotype? This is a sad lesson my son learned while spending the evening with me at the Valley Mall recently.

My son had his birthday money and asked to go to the video arcade. While he was playing a game with his friend, he noticed a wallet on top of the game. They turned it into the cashier, who thanked them and said he knew who it belonged to.

My son went back to playing games only to have the woman to whom the wallet belonged accuse him of stealing her money. He was brought by the mall security guard to the food court nearby. I was questioned about my son's honesty and he was accused of being a thief.

The woman claimed she had $70 in her wallet and that my son and his friend had taken it. I told them that my son had his own money and wasn't raised to be a thief. I also pointed out that I would not think that a thief would take the time to turn in the wallet!

They walked away, but the woman returned, asked my name and once again asked me if my son was a thief. She would not leave me alone, staring at me while her male escort just looked at me sympathetically and apologized and thanked my son for turning the wallet in.

At least she got back her driver's license, insurance cards and whatever else may have been in the wallet. Was my son rewarded for being a Good Samaritan for turning the wallet in? No! He was put under a magnifying glass practically and told he was a thief and questioned at length.

It was upsetting to see him punished for doing something good by this misguided, angry woman. At this point I went back to eating my dinner and told my son he could return to the arcade.

Twenty minutes later, I was once again approached by this couple, along with a sheriff's deputy, and asked to find my son and his friend for questioning. I could not believe this was happening. All just because he turned in a wallet he found!

He was taken into a small office along with me and read his rights and then questioned at length and asked over and over again to confess and then questioned about his friend's integrity and moral values.

The moral of this story is that there are still good kids in the world and no one should be assumed guilty until proven innocent.

Paula Crebbs
Hagerstown




Americans lose


To the editor:

I have observed the problems in this country for a few years now, and I, like so many other U.S. citizens, have been tossed aside for housing and state assistance, due to not being an immigrant.

It seems as though because my family and I are not of that status, we are not important enough for financial help.

In this area there are more and more homeless families due to lost jobs and the higher expense of living. Believe it or not, very few, if any, are foreign. And the majority of these families get help and do not get turned down for anything, even though they do not speak a word of English.

I am not a racist, but I am kind of tired of it. When I am filling out a form or application for something, it has gotten to the point where I leave the line for race blank, for fear if I put "caucasian," I will be turned down.

I fear if Bush gets re-elected, this problem will only get worse. The foreigners are using up all of the resources, and not leaving any for America's working families.

Amoura Bruno
Fort Loudon, Pa.




Trust Sen. Byrd


To the editor:

We believe all Americans should take to heart the wisdom of U.S. Sen, Robert Byrd's advice, as written in his new book, "Losing America, Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant President."

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