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Letters to the editor

March 08, 2005

A porkian slip?


To the editor:

So, just wondering in the layout department - other than a few millimeters of newsprint, is there any connection between the story of the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., federal firearms training center and the big pictures of the porkers, er, pigs, in last week's paper?

Michael Rutkaus
Winchester, Va.




Time to call Bush's bluff


To the editor:

President Bush sends billions to a foreign country sitting on a sea of oil, yet denies his own country's men, women and children the most basic necessities.

America's veterans and poor scrape to find enough to eat and also attempt to pay for their prescription medicine, while President Bush jets around the country touting his unrealistic Social Security reform nightmare.

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He proposes to slash the most basic of benefits that allow the have-nots and middle class just to exist. Even his own Republican Party members are calling his budget cuts "draconian" and "unacceptable." President Bush's accounting makes the long-term deficit worse, because it fails to include $2 trillion in costs for his plan to privatize Social Security and leaves out billions in spending in Iraq.

It's time to take action now, and stop President Bush's disastrous budget in its tracks.

Jeffrey B. Fore
Fayetteville, Pa.




Bring music back


To the editor:

There's no more good music on National Public Radio. No more music at all. Have you noticed? The entire format has been changed by the very illustrious(?) board of directors.

All day long, babble, babble, babble, on and on and on. They have decided that this is what the public wants.

Does it? Did you listen to the music? We did, all the time. Now it is gone. Can we get it back? Write to:

Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president
WETA
2775 S. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206.

Another way to get the board's attention would be to stop supporting National Public Radio. It should be called National Private Radio. They no longer aim at the public, but rather at a very narrow segment of the public that wants nothing but talk, talk, talk. Quit supporting them; write to them. This new programming is a disgrace to the public.

Clayton Schwartz
Quincy, Pa.




Church helped the community


To the editor:

On Feb. 25, there was a fire in the 100 block of East Washington Street.

Families, many with children, were evacuated from their apartments with only the clothes on their back. The Red Cross arrived on scene to provide assistance to them.

This process would require some time and would have been difficult to do from the back of a van.

The Church of the Brethren on the corner of East Washington and Mulberry streets opened its doors to the families displaced by the fire, to the Red Cross volunteers who were seeking shelter for these families and to the firefighters who needed to meet with the families.

The church not only allowed the use of its facilities, but within a short period of time had provided fruits, pastries and even homemade soup to the families.

I wish to thank the Rev. Ed Poling and members of the Church of the Brethren who were so kind and considerate to all and who were there for the people of the community when they were needed.

Linn Davison
Hagerstown




Good decision


To the editor:

Last week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court outlawing the execution of child offenders - those who were under 18 at the time of the crime - finally brings the U.S. into line with an unequivocal principle of international law.

In recent years, the United States had become the only country in the world to openly acknowledge executing child offenders and to claim for itself the right to do so. It accounts for almost half of the world's known executions of child offenders carried out since 1990 - 19 out of 39.

The international prohibition on executing people for crimes committed when they were children reflects a common understanding that the lives of child offenders - due to a young person's immaturity, impulsiveness, vulnerability and capacity for rehabilitation - should never be simply written off, no matter how heinous the crime.

Our hope is that this is the first step in eradicating the barbaric practice of the death penalty for any humans.

We are the last industrialized nation to execute human beings. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

It is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent. It has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishments.

Keith and Kelly Scott
Frederick, Md.

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