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letters to the editor 11/5

November 04, 2005

Fridgen for school board



To the editor:

We are endorsing Pat Fridgen for the Greencastle-Antrim School Board.

We have seen Fridgen in action when she believes in a cause. A simmering issue arose in our neighborhood and with Fridgen's diplomatic concern, she addressed the issue with the developer.

The issue was resolved to the benefit of homeowners in our development. Fridgen has the unique perspective of having children who have graduated from our schools and children who are still enrolled in different levels of education in Greencastle-Antrim schools. A vote for Fridgen on Nov. 8 is a vote for our children's best interests.

Elizabeth and John Green

Greencastle, Pa.




Wheels are coming off of Bush's wagon



To the editor:

After five years of this administration running the government without any real opposition, finally there are cracks in the armor.

"Scooter" Libby has been indicted by a special prosecutor, the Iraqi war is not going well - with more than 2,000 Americans dead and about 7,000 injured - the Republican leader in the House (Tom Delay) has been indicted on money-laundering charges in Texas, and the Republican leader in the Senate (Bill Frist) is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for a questionable stock sale.

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The federal response to Hurricane Katrina was a complete failure, the president's attempt to pack the courts with his cronies is in shambles with the withdrawal of the Harriet Miers nomination, his Social Security agenda had been shelved by congressional Republicans and his job-approval ratings are eroding faster than any president in recent memory.

The chickens are finally coming home to roost. In their rush to go to war in Iraq, all means were justified, as we have clearly seen. Even the most treasonous act of outing a CIA operative was rationalized. The layers of deceit are beginning to unravel. Let us all hope that this indictment will make this administration's malfeasance more publicly apparent.

I guess this is what Bush meant when he promised to restore honor and integrity to the White House and the presidency.

Thank goodness the American people are getting a view of how corrupt and morally bankrupt our executive and legislative branches have become. I will leave you with a quote from the famous Lord Acton: "Power does corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Alicious S. Phillips

Martinsburg, W.Va.




In appreciation of French culture



To the editor:

The French Club at Williamsport High School is celebrating National French Week, Nov. 2-8. French art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema make French a culturally significant language.

Indeed, 45 percent of English vocabulary comes from French. More than 200 million people in 43 countries on five continents speak French, and 1.9 million Americans speak French in their homes. French and English are the official languages of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the European community (the second largest trading bloc in the world) and the International Red Cross.

Recently, France helped Hurricane Katrina victims by donating money and accepting students into its universities.

Per capita, France gives more aid to developing nations than the U.S. Moreover, France is also a leader in the world of science and technology. French doctors isolated the AIDS virus first. The French invented fiber optics and HDTV, and France will be the site of the world's first nuclear fusion reactor.

There are many opportunities to experience the French culture in our area. For example, the French Club often participates in activities such as: Dining at Rococco in Hagerstown for authentic French cuisine, watching performances of Cyrano de Bergerac and Les Misrables, listening to guest speakers who live in the area who are from Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, viewing demonstrations of the art of French cooking and watching French films.

The French Club invites everyone to learn more about French culture, heritage, and history during National French Week.

Paula Moore

Williamsport High School

French Club




A caring candidate



To the editor:

I am proud of the families and leaders who reside in Greencastle-Antrim, Pa., and want a leader who will support our district. It will be an honor to cast my vote for Pat Fridgen, because she will represent the youth, teachers, administrators and the taxpayers of our school district.

I was introduced to Fridgen in 1996, while helping with a school function. Our relationship continued to grow during Parent-Partners, a parent-teacher-administration group that meets on a monthly basis.

Fridgen is still on-site in the school district, and she is now a candidate for the Greencastle-Antrim School Board. Fridgen cares about all children as well as you, the taxpayer.

As our community continues to grow, the board will be faced with numerous challenges. Fridgen will vote wisely and intelligently on the issues presented to the board. She regularly attends school board meetings and continues to learn about each issue facing our district. Pat Fridgen cares.

I encourage you to take a minute to learn about our candidates and to vote on Nov. 8.

Kelly Scott

Greencastle, Pa.

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