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May 20, 2006

Prison clothing plan makes sense

To the editor:

Regarding Douglas Hadaway's May 8 letter concerning, among other things, the issuance of uniforms to Maryland Division of Correction inmates: Prior to the changeover from personal clothing to uniforms last year, the inmate population was adequately made aware of the reasons for the change.

Hadaway doesn't evince any knowledge of those reasons, only obliquely speculating that maybe it was for the purpose of more easily identifying inmates. Well, obviously so, wouldn't you think? But that wasn't his point. His issue is with paying for the clothing. Yes, that's true, in part. If an inmate wants to have clothing beyond the allotted amount, then he must pay. I think that one can appreciate the logic behind not allowing unlimited accumulation of free underwear, for example.

And, yes, all state clothing must be returned. When your sentence is over, it should be the time to go shopping for more fashionable rags.


Victor Wachs
Greencastle, Pa.

God welcomes newest angel

To the editor:

Brittany M. Neville spent most of her years growing up in the small community of Antietam Furnace while living with her grandmother, Audrey Spielman, and her grandfather, Frank Spielman.

She was a very active young lady, like the typical girls in the neighborhood, who enjoyed life. As the years passed, Brittany developed a fondness for reading and writing. She enjoyed playing softball and was a regular at the Burnside Church of God. On one particular Sunday morning at church, she read a piece that she had written about her grandmother, Audrey. Obviously, there was a special bond between Brittany and her grandmother.

About 11 months ago, Brittany became very ill and was admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Throughout her long and difficult stay there, Audrey was always there to offer encouragement and provide support. Brittany displayed courage beyond her years in confronting her illness.

As the medical treatments continued throughout her stay, family, community and friends prayed and hoped that she would get better. The months were filled with periodic reports of good news followed by setbacks. On March 11, Brittany spent her seventeenth birthday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. On the evening of April 27, while holding her grandmother's hand, Brittany became God's newest angel.

In Psalm 103, one's life is likened to a flower which is here today and gone tomorrow. Brittany was a beautiful flower and her life a blessing to all who knew her. Today, she lives in God's bouquet. The support of her grandmother throughout Brittany's ordeal represents a dedication and love not found enough in our communities. Our family and local community are thankful for the opportunity to witness the love between a grandmother and her granddaughter - Brittany was a "beautiful" flower - and today she is a beautiful angel.

Pete Waters

Politicians must set some priorities

To the editor:

I am tired of being mailed the same old surveys from political parties. The questions are typically the same. The questions would seem to have "no-brainer" answers, so it would indicate - or confirm - that these politicians are out of touch.

"Maslow's hierarchy of needs" should be applied when considering national priorities aimed at the well-being of its people. In essence, before we can concern ourselves with fulfilling our need for esteem or self-actualization, we must first consider our need for survival. Without fulfilling our biological needs and our sense of safety (threatened by terrorists), all else is moot.

Politicians (Republicans and Democrats) need to get off their duffs and consider applying Maslow's theory when prioritizing the needs of the people, thus ignoring pundits and lobbyists vying for power to meet their personal agendas. It is high time Maslow's hierarchy of needs be adopted as a "new contract with America." If America is to survive, our leaders must:

1. Protect our borders and ports of entry.

2. Not hamstring our military - politicians must allow the full use of U.S. military might and resources so as not to string this war out for decades (a la Vietnam).

3. Communicate better/more often with the American people, reminding them just what is at stake in this war on terror - our survival. Those who have doubts need only read the quotes, promises, and manifesto of al Qaeda and Iran.

4. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those who leak our nation's wartime secrets that put our troops in greater danger, cause our allies to abandon us and undermine our ability to win this war.

No one should be exempt, to include Congress, the media and those in the intelligence community who do not agree with policies for political reasons.

Jim Rosko

White House leak peanuts next to threat of terrorism

To the editor:

Allan Powell picking on the Devil rather than God - how refreshing! ("Bush is a Prince of a guy; May 7.) However, true to form, he is aiming a Howitzer at a clay pigeon.

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