Letters to the edirtor

December 17, 2005

Thanks for tip

To the editor:

Attention. Forward march, USMC Bob Rohrer. I join your platoon and march with you on not seeing the "Jarhead" movie. First, let me thank you for your letter as I was about to go see it.

I do not want to see, hear, much less pay for any slander or profanity about the USMC, a subject so dear to my heart. I know first hand the blood, sweat and tears of becoming a Lady Jarhead Leatherneck at Parris Island, S.C. I am a charter member listed on the Woman in Military Service For America Memorial in D.C.

In 1956, at age 18, I too, joined the USMC. I was honorably discharged at the end of my three-year enlistment as a sergeant and am most proud of serving my country.

In the 1950s it was not easy being a woman in the Marines. However, we were never sworn at or degraded. I will never forget the pride I felt, nor the smile on my mother's face, not only for making it through boot camp to graduation, but also because PFC stripes were awarded at the same time. I had earned the Eagle, Globe & Anchor, the right to be one of "The Few, The Proud, The Marines."


Hollywood, do not tarnish my Eagle, Globe & Anchor.

Barbara Twigg
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Smart decision

To the editor:

As Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning, I am pleased to write to highlight recent courageous action of the Washington County Commissioners. At their public meeting of Nov. 1, the County Commissioners voted unanimously to strengthen the local farmland preservation program by eliminating the 25-year termination clause and making local easements permanent.

Staff of the Maryland Department of Planning had expressed concern about the termination clause because all other easement programs, state and local, require that easements be permanent.

The termination clause would have put Washington County at a clear disadvantage in competition with other counties for millions of dollars in state and federal land preservation funds.

The County Commissioners are to be commended for making a politically difficult decision in support of effective land preservation in Washington County.

Audrey Scott
Md. Department of Planning
Baltimore, Md.

Poor service

To the editor:

I wish to address the situation that exists between Antietam Cable and WHAG TV.

I believe that each one is either licensed or franchised to serve the people of this area. Is it going to take a class action suit to get this thing settled? Maybe the City of Hagerstown or the FCC could get involved.

When I signed on with Antietam Cable, it was with an understanding that WHAG was part of what I would be paying for.

Pat Lushbaugh

Help us serve

To the editor:

Each year the (Chambersburg, Pa.) Salvation Army Christmas dinner committee tries to do something for the elderly. Christmas is mostly centered around children, as it should be, but we sometimes forget that the elderly often have no family or none around to help them celebrate the holiday.

One year, I remember giving a present to a lady who told me it was the only present she had received for Christmas. So sad to say that is often the truth for others to whom we deliver meals.

This year, as we have done in the past, we will be collecting presents for the elderly, which will be given when we deliver their Christmas dinner.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the cause can contact me: Lynne Newman, chairman, at 717-263-2151 or on my cell at 717-360-2407. No one need spend a lot of money for these presents. Some bath powder, gloves, a scarf or any small present will be welcome.

Or if you wish to donate a small child's gift, that would be great, too. Some of the families who come to the annual dinner on Christmas day bring their small children and we like to have a little something for them, too.

The Salvation Army not only delivers meals to the elderly, but to anyone who cannot make it to the free Christmas dinner at the Army facility on Lincoln Way West. If you wish to share the holiday cheer, we can also pick up anyone who wishes to attend.

As chairman, I am always looking for volunteers to help with all the different aspects of putting the dinner together and delivering it. We always need people to deliver the meals, which can be very rewarding. We cook, decorate, wrap presents, deliver and serve.

The Christmas dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Delivery begins at 11 a.m.

Lynne Newman
Chairman, Salvation Army Christmas Dinner
Chambersburg, Pa.

For grandma

To the editor:

My name is Hannah Wise. I am 10 years old. I have a great-grandmother named Jeanette Robison, who is 87 years old. She has a dog named Duchess. She gets some money from Social Security. My family helps out with buying her groceries and medicine.

My great-grandfather passed away at least 20 years ago. She helps anyone in the world with anything. She is the best great-grandmother ever. That's why I think my great-grandmother could use $100 to buy something special for herself for Christmas. I think that she would love to have the money.

Hannah Wise
Clear Spring

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