Letters to the editor

November 29, 2004

Back Letterkenny

To the editor:

Letterkenny Army Depot is fast-approaching some very important dates that will dramatically affect Franklin County's future. From now until May 2005, the Department of Defense will continue to collect and analyze information about the military facilities across the nation.

Together, the Opportunity '05 Committee and Pennsylvania have been working to keep Letterkenny off the list of bases to be downsized or closed. In the previous rounds of BRAC, Pennsylvania has lost more than 16,000 jobs with more than 3,400 eliminated at Letterkenny.

The Opportunity '05 Committee - the group spearheading the Letterkenny efforts to expand its presence as a military installation - is undertaking a letter-writing campaign to Pennsylvania's U.S. Senators - Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum - to bring influential Department of Defense decision makers like Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Undersecretary of Defense Michael Wynne, and General Griffin to Letterkenny so that they can see firsthand the valuable contribution that Letterkenny makes to national defense.


We need Sens. Specter and Santorum to hear our collective voices-loud and clear. Letterkenny is a community asset; please help us keep this issue in the forefront of the minds of these two very influential U.S. Senators.

David G. Sciamanna
Chambersburg, Pa.

Story left questions

To the editor:

The newspaper did a poor job reporting on the Roseberry story Nov. 20, "A paramedic to the bone" and Nov. 24, "Rescuer mourned." The reporting ignored important questions.

Swerving into oncoming traffic and seriously injuring others is prima facie "not a good thing." 1. What caused Jeanette Roseberry to swerve into oncoming traffic? Another rescuer worker is quoted as saying, "It could happen to any of us..."

2. What happened, and why could it happen to any rescue worker?

The reader is left to speculate. Journalism 101: Who, what, where, when, why and how?

Joseph Parker
Martinsburg W.Va.

Aid for the grieving

To the editor:

I want to commend The Herald-Mail on the excellent article on bereavement support groups in the Tri-State area. Andrea Rowland did a nice job of describing the needs of persons who experience loss, as well as programs that are available to help them in their grieving process.

With the holidays coming, this is a good time to remind people of all the help that is available through churches and social service agencies like Hospice.

There are other groups also providing this kind of help. Our congregation, the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, offers a Mutual Help Group for Those Grieving the Loss of a Loved One.

Led by Marge Poling, a clinical psychologist, the group meets on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The church is at 15 S. Mulberry St. in Hagerstown. To register or for more information call the church office at 301-733-3565.

Pastor Ed Poling

COPT a good firm

To the editor:

I read with interest the potential development of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army Base by COPT. For the past eight-plus years it has been my privilege to work on more than 20 projects that have been built, or are under construction by COPT.

The majority of the projects are located in the Columbia, Md., area, and are top quality buildings. Many of these buildings are located in the National Business Park (NBP) adjacent to Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Anyone interested in seeing the type of facilities developed by COPT should visit NBP. These buildings are mostly four- and five-story office buildings with 100,000 to 150,000 square feet of floor space.

The four most recent buildings are being constructed under the LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and include the design criteria for anti-terrorist/progress collapse as part of their required structural performance. I believe a developer of this caliber can bring many quality employment opportunities to our area.

William D. Calhoun
Mont Alto, Pa.

Hate Bush? Leave

To the editor:

Bushwhackers and haters, America speaks. So fulfill us as you promised, and exit to Canada.

Gary L. Harding

Spare us the thugs

To the editor:

Please stop giving criminals and murderers front-page celebrity status. How about Section F for all that? Then all who do not want to read all about it can simply discard it.

Reba K. Jeter

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