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Letters to the editor

June 20, 2006

Rude treatment wasn't appreciated



To the editor:

On Thursday, June 1, my sister had a hearing scheduled with her attorney and a judge in the courthouse on West Washington Street and Summit Avenue.

As everyone knows, you must go past detectors in all courthouses, and on the other side waiting are men to check everything you bring in.

While going into the courthouse, my sister, myself and my sister's grandson, came across the rudest, most inconsiderate and hateful-talking man we have ever met! It was one of the men at the table whom you pass after the detector. He talked to my sister and I as though we were pure trash! He looked at us like we were from another planet or something.

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He asked us why we were there, (if it was any of his business) and questioned us on why we needed to see the judge. Now my question is, why was it any of his business what we were doing there? Also, even though he did not know all of the details about my sister's case, why did he look at us and act like we were the Beverly Hillbillies?

This man talked to us very hatefully, and because we could not and really should not discuss my sister's case, this man was downright mean. Now when any lawyers, sheriff's deputies and women from the court house came in, he was not rude and talked to them like best friends.

My sister was in a wheelchair, and though we may not have dressed like a million dollars, we are still human beings with feelings. I think while they are remodeling the courthouses - they need to redecorate the people at the courthouse.

I work with the public every day and would have never talked to anyone like he talked to my family! And for the record, yes, I do work so if he thought we were welfare recipients, then he should think again. Not even people on welfare should be treated this way!

Thank you for printing my article, because I really feel as though someone needs to listen and know how we were treated.

Patricia A. Barnhart

Hagerstown




Keep the loud children in check



To the editor:

I attended a ballet recital this past weekend at The Maryland Theatre and was again disturbed by the number of babies and very young children crying during the performance.

It appears parents have little common sense and manners, as I see babies attending everything anymore.

I attended a funeral and witnessed a woman holding a crying baby during the service. She did not have the common courtesy to walk out and allow the child to cry. I hear babies crying in church services, in restaurants, in Broadway plays. This behavior is rude and very disruptive to others and I'm pretty sure the baby has no idea it is watching a play or ballet recital!

It would also seem the parent would have a better time without worrying about a very young child. Apparently not. So please find a baby-sitter next year or stay home!

Beth Hawbaker

Hagerstown




Many more should carpool



To the editor:

I applaud the many drivers who participate in carpooling. I understand that many drivers are unable to participate in carpooling because of circumstances. However, there are many car drivers who can carpool.

For instance, take the Washington, D.C., area. Check any major road to Washington and you will find that the majority of cars have one occupant, the driver. Most of these drivers go to work at the same time, and return at the same time. They could easily carpool, but they do not, because they are afflicted with the S.S.S. Syndrome - Selfish, Self-centered and Stupid.

These drivers if they carpooled, would reduce pollution, reduce congestion, save money, and the most important point, would reduce the consumption of car fuel. You can apply this same principle to every large city in America.

But alas, too many of these drivers are afflicted with the S.S.S. Syndrome - Selfish, Self-centered and Stupid.

Art Franklin

Williamsport




New meeting place for support group



To the editor:

The new location for the Amyloidosis Support Group luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 21, at noon at Bob Evans Restaurant, Dual Highway.

All interested persons are invited - no reservations are needed - just come on in.

Josephine Miles

Hagerstown

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