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Letters to the editor

June 21, 2006

Flumania has gone too far



To the editor:

On May 4, I decided to set five chicken eggs in a small Styrofoam incubator to help show my seven-year-old grandson the miracle of birth. On May 25, sure enough, three of the eggs hatched.

My wife called our grandson's elementary school and talked several times, making and confirming the exact time and date of the appointment with the first-grade class. On June 2, at 11 a.m., we came to the school, three chicks and incubator in tow.

We were outside showing the chicks when the principal comes rushing out and calls me inside. She tells me that if she had known we were coming she would have said, "Thanks, but no thanks." Due to the bird flu she didn't want any chickens or incubators in her school. "Please cut this short and go!" she said.

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We picked up our three chicks and incubator and scurried out of school. It was kind of like "Move on bums, or better pack your things and go!" I have to admit this was my wife's first but it wasn't my first time I had been kicked out of school.

Is this school policy or was this principal, in haste, trying to cover her, uh, feathers?

We would please like to know what we can do to help our grandkid's education. We're just two stupid old fogies. Should we kill our peepies?

Mutt Godlove

Smithsburg




Stronger regs needed on growth



To the editor:

As a resident of a Hagerstown-area housing development, I am writing in regard to the overdevelopment of land for building by both real estate developers and homebuilders.

Just because the land is owned by a builder does not justify using every available foot for home building. Houses are being "shoe-horned" into small areas with little regard for the beauty and aesthetics of the community. Building houses at the bottom of a hill where rain water collects after a rainstorm will lead to basement flooding or mold problems very quickly. It is pure avarice on the part of builders.

Very little concern for the new homeowner is not unusual for some builders. Once the house is sold at settlement, any problem encountered is the home owner's. There needs to be much better zoning in Hagerstown with increased concern for both the homeowner and the community, while not appeasing the builder who only has one goal - to make as much money as possible.

Secondly, the excessive home- building in Hagerstown has led to a large amount of homes that are not selling quickly. With interest rates rising recently, the demand for homes will flatten or decrease in the near future. This will lead to falling home prices for the whole community.

Again, short-sighted greed by builders is exacerbating this effect. In conclusion, much better regulation of both real estate developers and builders needs to be done by local governments and zoning boards. It is time to wake up and not be intimidated by builders who are not concerned for the community, but only for their own wallets.

Kevin Munnelly

Hagerstown




Discovery makes good biblical sense



To the editor:

So they discovered that the Arctic used to be a lot like Miami, with temperatures in the 70s (Herald-Mail, Thursday, June 1). To this creationist, that's basically a no-brainer.

If you are willing to accept it, through God's own miracle of deliberate "global warming," the planet in its entirety was once a tropical paradise. The Bible says that God created "the waters . . . under the firmament" and "the waters ... above the firmament."

Then, roughly a couple thousand years later, at the time of the Noachian flood, "all the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened" - waters from above, and waters from below - voil!

Massive climatic changes stripped the earth of its blanket of warmth, creating the various temperature zones. Large animals were instantly frozen in the arctic regions, such as northern Siberia, to be discovered in modern times with undigested tropical vegetation in their stomachs. Upheavals of earth created vast mountain ranges and canyons in a relatively short period of time. Great glaciers covered the earth in many places.

But then, to believe all this (and millions do), one might have to accept the legitimacy of the Genesis record and the God who made it happen.

One might even have to submit to that God by accepting his son as a personal savior, keeping his commandments, living a moral and upright life and taking responsibility for one's life and actions. Now wouldn't that be something!

Pastor Jim Hoffer

Hagerstown

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