Letters to the editor

March 29, 2005

What happened to the sanctity of life?

To the editor:

In the Terry Schiavo case, my heart goes to both families for the grueling agony that they are going through. What should have been a private matter has become one of overwhelming public intrusion. The situation is made worse by the attention it has received from right-wing conservatives and political figureheads who are looking for ways to appease their bases.

Whatever happened to compassion? What happened to the sanctity of life? This lady may not measure up to the standards of what some consider a fulfilling life, but she is still breathing on her own.

The courts are setting a precedent that they will have a hard time upholding in the future. Should we starve to death people who are unable to feed themselves? Absolutely not!


There is no winner here, they are both losers. Sooner or later a life will be lost and both families will grieve for a long time. But the husband will have to live the rest of his life with the effects of his decision. I would personally hate to be the one who makes a decision to take the life of anyone, regardless of their medical condition.

For a court to deny this helpless human being food and water dictates a miserable death to a person who has no ability to defend herself.

Alicious S. Phillips
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Is something wrong with union support?

To the editor:

I'm writing in response to the March 18 story "Bruchey to open write-in campaign." In this story, Richard Trump makes a statement in regard to a comment made by Robert Bruchey.

Trump says "Where does his (Bruchey) support come from - unions." I believe this can be taken only one of two ways. One, he is trying to put our unions in the same category as his big-business, special-interest groups. Two, he meant Bruchey's support comes from unions - who cares.

Either way, I would say it's an insult to our local unions. Apparently, Trump doesn't know or just doesn't care that the city he wishes to be mayor of has four unions in it, including city employees AFSCME Local 1540; Police Department AFSCME Local 3373, the fire department union and Light Department, IBEW. They do everything from the dirtiest to the most dangerous jobs the city has to offer.

These people that you seem to brush off so easily work here and spend here. Most live here and vote here. They are common people whose only special interest is to make it on a day-to-day basis.

I guess the only comment I can make to Hagerstown's common people about Trump's statement is:

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Mike Hanlon

Episcopal Mihi house dedication is April 2

To the editor:

June 1, 2002, marked the official start date for the Episcopal-MiHi Habitat for Humanity House. The vision that would become the Episcopal-MiHi Habitat for Humanity House began years ago when Fred Cialli and others formed the Washington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

St. John's Episcopal Church became involved as one of the Covenant Churches that formed the local chapter. After several years of raising $1,000 to meet the Covenant Church annual pledge, the parish set a higher goal and raised $4,000 to help other Covenant Churches build Faith House in 2000. Bouyed by that experience, the parish decided to build a universally designed house for a person with physical challenges. Thus, the Episcopal-MiHi Habitat for Humanity House was born.

That house is being dedicated on April 2, at 10:30 am. The ceremony will take place at the house, at 427 Liberty St. in Hagerstown. If you helped create it, in any way large or small, this letter is an invitation to the dedication and a great big thank-you from the heart of the steering committee and the recipient of the house, Shannon Monninger.

There were various donor appeals, two craft fairs, three bingo games, two Habitat House bank projects, many yard sales, two Christmas boutiques, several raffles, a progressive dinner, a square-foot and window board and vigorous grant-writing efforts involved in making this house a reality.

We have done our best to keep track of those who helped but realize that some may have been missed inadvertently. We are so appreciative of the help each of you provided to move our community one household forward in the quest for decent, affordable housing for all.

Our deep gratitude goes to all those people who helped raise the funds to build the Episcopal-MiHi Habitat House and to everyone who worked on actually building the house. Remember, yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world!

E. Gaye McGovern
William K. Beard

People Who Helped Raise The Funds To Build The Episcopal-MiHi Habitat House

William R. and Patricia Abeles

A C & T

R. Douglas Adams

William and Lynann Adams

Donation in memory of David Alderson

Brett D. Aldrich

R. Alexander

William and Jacqueline Alexander

All First Bank

Virginia Altman

Thomas Anastasio

Tina M. Angle

Anne and George Anikis

Antietam Tree and Landscaping

David and Ann Audex

Robert and Earlene Ayrer

Elizabeth P. Aziz

AV Rauth and Sons, Inc.

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