Letters to the editor

April 09, 2005

Pray for better judges

To the editor:

After reading three letters on the Op-ed page entitled "Let Parents Assume Care" by Doug Walker, "Is This About Life or About Politics?" by Bob Ayrer and "Why are Christians Scared of Death?" by Joseph Parker, all published on March 23, I felt that I must respond.

First, I want to commend Walker for his positive remarks defending the sanctity of life, as it is perfectly relevant in the Terri Schiavo travesty. Listen, I believe very strongly in the rule of law, but when love demands mercy, as in this case, the rule of law may be justly circumvented.

This is Biblical and our Lord Jesus taught this to the strictly legalistic Pharisees and their constituents. But otherwise, we are duty-bound to obey the laws of God and civil law, too.


In response to Ayrer and Parker, let me make it clear that at least until March 18, Terri Schiavo was brain damaged, not brain-dead and, as had been reported, she was able to respond and smile as long as her feeding tube was inserted. Ayrer, it's sad that you accused those who tried to save this dear woman's life of political demagoguery.

A big problem with this tragic circumstance is the glaring fact that many liberals hate the pro-life people because they believe in protection for the weak, the vulnerable, especially the unborn and Terri Schiavo.

I'm appalled at the sheer hypocrisy of liberals who are eager to proclaim that they really care about the downtrodden and less fortunate. I've seen how they operate. Listen, if they really cared, abortion would be illegal and abolished forever!

In conclusion, to every God-fearing, born-again Christian: Please pray, that through lawful process, decent judges will be quickly installed to offset the judiciary - federal and state - which has gotten out of control in our great nation!

Many in power have no respect for human life. This helpless woman was starved to death by judicial order. Where was the mercy and compassion in this very tragic situation?

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.
Greencastle, Pa.

Is Loudoun a good model?

To the editor:

As a landowner, I was pleased to see the article "Growth costs not imaginary" in Saturday's Herald-Mail that mentioned Loudoun Co., Va., as a guide for downzoning Washington County. We may want to think about that a bit.

The following is condensed from an article in The Washington Post. In 1999, Loudoun County elected a Board of Supervisors that subsequently passed restrictive zoning laws that limited construction of one dwelling per 10-, 20-, and 50-acre lots. There was an unexpected backlash. Sound familiar?

Longtime farm families, attorneys, real estate brokers, builders and other landowners organized and funded a group called Citizens for Property Rights. More than 200 legal challenges to the rezoning were filed and more than $460,000 raised in political campaign contributions. In 2003, a new majority was elected to the board. They made changes.

Early this year, the Virginia Supreme Court overturned the rezoning plan and now Loudoun County is looking at the possibility of "tens of thousands of new homes." Perhaps the pendulum swung too far.

Washington County landowners are probably like those in Loudoun County when it comes to extreme devaluation of their property. Will there be protests? Yes. Will there be lawsuits? Yes. Will we win? Not if we don't try.

It is possible our County Commissioners will vote to downzone 250,000 acres in an attempt to limit growth. It would be preferable if they would instead look at the plan to guide growth using other tools.

Where are the growth plans for transportation, water, sewer, education, public safety, landfills, parks, libraries, recreation and health care?

Is it not reasonable to believe we can limit development to the pace of adequate infrastructure? Do we really want to use the Loudoun County model?

Thomas Berry

Don't print trash

To the editor:

I am writing to let you know how disgusted I am to think our Morning Herald would print the sickening picture in Brevity by Guy and Rodd, bottom of page C4 Tuesday, March 15. Do we really need such trash in our paper?

Ruth South< R>Hagerstown

Shareholders got short end

To the editor:

We paid $40 for each share of Allegheny Power Co. Now there is no communication from Allegheny Power. Allegheny Power Co. paid its CEO millions of dollars-plus when he retired. How can we get the money from Allegheny Power Co. for our shares?

Would our investment be a good one for Social Security?

Wayne H. Crouse
Big Cove Tannery, Pa.

Gas prices are fishy

To the editor:

I just read Brian Shappell's story in Monday's Morning Herald where Chuck Jackson of AAA talks about today's gas prices. It sounds as though the oil companies are just laying the groundwork for additional price gouging.

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