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Letters to the editor

February 24, 2005

Good to see Husseini is alive and ranting


To the editor:

Well, it's nice to see that Faisal Husseini is back and that his propensity for incoherent, illogical ramblings remains intact.

In his letter regarding an editorial cartoon that he says stereotypes Arabs and Muslims because it depicts the so-called insurgents as goofy losers, Husseini uses the example of drunken Irishmen to make his point. Unfortunately - or fortunately, from my point of view - his analogy is flawed, so I'll correct this oversight for him.

Mr. Husseini, you are correct that to call all Irishmen drunken louts would be hurtful. However, let's say that, as one with some Irish heritage, an editorial cartoon was published that depicted Irish Republican Army terrorists as incompetent buffoons. The long and short of it would be that no humane, responsible person of Irish ancestry would be offended. The only folks who would take offense would be terrorist sympathizers and extremists.

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Ergo, any local Arab or Muslim who would view the disparaging depiction of those who routinely behead civilians and kill any who disagree with their particular philosophical point of view as some sort of insult to all Arabs or Muslims can only be described as a terrorist sympathizer or extremist. It's quite simple, really. In fact, it would, to use another theme running through his letter, be easier to ascribe Satanic influence to the insurgents in Iraq than to "western secular democracy."

Mr. Husseini, virtue is not something that can be compelled. That is the genius of democracy and free will. Your vision of how society functions is based not on love of God but on fear, which is why most - if not all - governments based on Islamic sha'ria are social and economic basket cases. There are most definitely imperfections in our system; that is the essence of humanity. But please know that your vision of how our society should be ordered will fail; freedom always triumphs.

Doug Walker
Hagerstown




A short-circuit in town's leadership


To the editor:

It is no secret that electric bills in the Town of Williamsport are considered by some residents to be costly. Let me educate you on the history of Williamsport's electric program dating back to 1989. As a council member, I have had the oversight of this department during the past four years.

In 1989, Potomac Edison told the town council that upgrades to the system were necessary. I believe from past notes that a plan was started, but never completed.

The electric department called the town electrical engineer to evaluate what had been completed, and to develop a scope of work to convert old 4.16-kilovolt lines to-12.47 kilovolt, to complete the upgrade.

The council gave my department four years to complete the program, staying within a reasonable budget every year. We identified seven upgrade priorities and have completed five of the seven.

The sixth priority will be completed by June 30, and the last will need some help through grant money. This conversion that I outlined is the key to lowering the town's electric rates. We pay transmission fees at three levels instead of just one.

Each downgrade of power costs the taxpayer additional money. Our eventual goal is to have our own substation, which would reduce our cost per kilowatt to the town and then to you, the taxpayer.

Why this most important upgrade was not performed in the previous eight years, I do not understand. This is just one of many issues that should not have to be an issue today. During my four years as council member, I have accomplished more than the previous administration in the eight years prior to my being elected to office.

As mayor, I believe in surrounding myself with great people, such as those on my ticket, in order to bring this sense of urgency to all projects in Williamsport that operate at the cost of the taxpayer.

I believe that not one individual can solve every problem, and therefore support from individuals in the community can greatly help in finding solutions.

I ask for your vote Monday, March 7, 2005. Thank you for your support.

James McCleaf II
Candidate for Mayor
Williamsport




If workers could choose their bosses


To the editor:

With the city election just around the corner, I was wondering just how many city employees are there, anyway? I mean, both labor and management from all departments - the grand total.

Furthermore, I was wondering how many of these employees live outside the city limits and therefore cannot vote.

Just imagine the effect on the votes cast if all employees could vote for the board - which controls their everything. It would be very interesting.

Mike Shifler
Clear Spring

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