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Letters to the editor

March 15, 2005

A hero among us


To the editor:

I read in The (Feb. 26) Herald-Mail of the alertness and bravery shown by Deputy Dave Norford, who entered a burning building to rescue three children who otherwise might have lost their lives.

I do not know Deputy Norford, but his actions make me feel proud that we have dedicated officers such as him in our community - and they deserve our thanks and appreciation.

Sharon M. Henson
Hagerstown




Price of slots is too high


To the editor:

I am opposing slot machines in Maryland for several reasons. I don't have any statistics to quote - just my feelings on the subject. The governor says we're losing money because Marylanders are going to West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware to play the slots. I've read that West Virginia is already discussing plans for expanding to casino-style gambling or table games, since Pennsylvania just passed its slots bill. It's a vicious cycle. If Maryland passes a slots bill, politicians would soon be claiming they need to expand gambling again, to keep the money in the state. Where would it stop?

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Maryland politicians are holding the welfare of the children of Maryland over our heads in the name of education. There have to be alternative ways to come up with the necessary funds for school construction. I feel some of our politicians have tunnel vision as far as slots are concerned. Some of them feel it's the only solution aside from raising taxes. I know our elected officials can do better.

My main reason for opposing the slot machine bill is the negative effect it will have on some of the citizens of our state. I realize the bill has $6 million, or $390 per slot machine, set aside for those unfortunate Marylanders who become addicted to slots. The idea that our government feels it's acceptable to sacrifice a few good families for the good of the state is disgraceful. I feel there would never be enough money to take care of the addicted person, and the financial/emotional toll taken on families that are left behind. We don't need more addiction in Maryland. The price is too high!

Beth Earley
Hagerstown




Unions don't help


To the editor:

Ask what the unions have done for the workers of Washington County.

Look what the union did to M.P. Moller. Now the same thing is happening to the tannery in Williamsport.

The unions are too greedy and the workers are the ones hurt. The old saying that half a loaf is better than no loaf is true.

The union gave the workers at both places no jobs. When you let the union talk you into striking, you should look at your paycheck now, because after the strike there will be no pay.

Jim Martz
Sharpsburg




'We the (rich) people' is more like it


To the editor:

What prompted me to write this letter is Charley Reese's articles that were published in The Daily Mail on Jan. 26 and 29.

I very much agree with him that our representatives are selling their votes. The only people who can express their views seem to be the wealthy, and the poor people are completely locked out of this process.

So the "we the people" concept is being replaced by "we the rich people." I am also in complete agreement when he states, "There is no such thing as adults-only world and children's world." If it is bad for kids, it cannot be good for adults either. Freedom of expression should only be operative in the political domain, and it should not be used as a license for pornography.

Therefore, I decided to rectify this situation by trying to serve the poor and the people who believe in decent behavior by declaring my candidacy for any congressional seat which may become available based on the following platform:

I do not pretend to be the best person for the job; I will not accept any money from any person, so that I can vote according to my conscience to serve my country.

I will dedicate myself to dispose of any regulations that are against our freedom; I am aware that I may not be able to achieve much while I am serving in the Congress, as there are 534 representatives with their agendas dedicated to special interests.

I will try to make sure that the entertainment industry is required to prevent further decline in our morals; I will not go around to give political speeches and hug babies; the only thing I can offer is my honesty.

So if you would like to take a chance on me, please do so. The weak will be strong with me if I wrestle for their rights.

Will I get a few votes. I wonder? But please do not rush to the polls right now. I am only contemplating.

S.V. Yumlu
Hagerstown

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