Letters to the editor

June 30, 2007

Honesty restored faith in humanity

To the editor:

I recently had an incident that restored my faith in humanity!

After enjoying a meal with my family, I accidently left my purse at Roy Rogers. The good news is, staff members there cared enough to retrieve numbers from my cell phone to contact me to reassure me that my purse and all its belongings would be safely stored in the safe until I could pick it up.

I wish to thank the honest gentleman (name unknown) who noticed my purse and took it to the counter. The staff members at Roy's on Burhans Boulevard that I would like to thank are Marianne Rickett and Devin Sandy.

And yes, all my belongings were still in the purse!

Jeanie Carson

Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Carriers delivered for Food Resources

To the editor:

It is always a pleasure for me to thank you, our community, for the outpouring of support for Food Resources, Inc. expressed through the annual National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.


On Saturday, May 12, and for several days following, folks gave food and cash donations to the nice folks who deliver the mail.

Wait there's more - teaming up with the letter carriers, was The Herald-Mail putting a wonderful article about the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive and the mission of Food Resources on the front page and radio station WJEJ offering comprehensive news story.

The letter carriers' food drive even made Lou Scally's Phone Party with information on how to donate. When all was said and done, our low-income neighbors were blessed with more than 20,000 pounds of food and grocery products.

How awesome is that? At a time when we are all stretched a bit with increasing cost of gasoline and electricity, folks dig a little deeper and find something to share. Not only does the letter carriers food drive give new meaning to the "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" concept of dedication to task, it should make us all proud to live in Washington County.

Thank you to the letter carriers for delivering the mail and collecting the food, thanks to The Herald-Mail and WJEJ for helping spread the word and most important, thanks to all who donated food and money to make a difference in our community.

Ruth Anne Callaham

Executive Director, Food Resources, Inc.

Liberals want free speech only for their message

To the editor:

The latest gossip on Capitol Hill seems to be the calls from the left wing to bring back the ultimate crusader against free market capitalism and the most basic tenants of the First Amendment: The Fairness Doctrine.

The Fairness Doctrine was a weapon of the left to regulate the radio airways to give an equal amount of time to controversial views. The left used the Fairness Doctrine as a tool to keep conservatives from espousing their viewpoints protected by the First Amendment.

In 1987, Congress tried to contest the decision of the FCC's repeal of this nonbinding, putrid legislation, but thankfully Ronald Reagan used his veto pen and rejected it.

Americans may ask the question, "What is wrong with equal time for opposing views?" Nothing - but do not attempt to regulate speech out of the need to suppress viewpoints you do not like. Liberals are demanding that the Fairness Doctrine be brought back because they know they cannot compete in talk radio. When is the last time you turned on your radio and wanted to listen to a liberal complaining that their taxes were not high enough or that President Bush and Dick Cheney should be impeached?

Because liberals know they cannot compete with the Rush Limbaughs, Sean Hannitys and Laura Ingrahams, they want to shut down conservatives by dictating the amount of air time both a liberal and conservative get on talk radio. Liberals like Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) moan that conservatives are dominating the talk radio market and liberals have no opportunity to compete. That pesky capitalism!

Conservatives are dominating talk radio because there is a drive in the market for conservative talk. How can a liberal complain about conservatives dominating talk radio when NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the major national newspapers are run by committed liberals?

Remember the golden rule for liberals: The First Amendment only applies to a liberal's freedom of speech - never a conservative. Their motto: If you can't beat them, destroy them. Freedom of speech - for how long?

Ryan Miner


A bear or the vets?

To the editor:

On Sunday, June 3, the God Bless America ride from the Greencastle truck stop to the VA center in Martinsburg took place. The riders took $42,000 to the veterans. They have done this for almost 20 years. I need to add they did this Sunday in the pouring rain. They do this out of love for the veterans who fought for our freedom.

I did not see WHAG-TV anywhere. on Friday, June 8, guess what, someone saw a bear on the VA grounds and WHAG-TV was there in all its glory. I think your priorities need some re-working. A bear passing through or 1,500 Harleys delivering $42,000 to our veterans?

Virginia Mellotts


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