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Letters to the editor

November 20, 2008

Thanks to all who worked for McCain and Palin



To the editor:

To all of the McCain-Palin supporters in Washington County and the neighboring states, As the chair of the Washington County John McCain campaign, I would just like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your support of the Republican presidential ticket.

For those of you who worked so hard on the campaign trail, I would like to especially thank you.

Whether it was displaying a yard sign or bumper sticker, assisting at headquarters, making large and small yard signs, making calls, waving signs, door knocking, attending the rally or electioneering at the polls, your commitment to John McCain and Sarah Palin made a difference.

I know it is not much of a consolation prize, but McCain-Palin did win in Washington County by almost 14 percent and that, my friends, was because of your hard work and so again, I thank you.

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We all worked very hard and prayed for a victory on election night but the American people have spoken. The American voters cast their ballots and elected their new president.

But like the maverick that he is, John McCain gave the bravest speech of all. Like many of you, I was disappointed to watch what was happening to our country. While we may not agree with the outcome on election night, we now have a new president-elect and must respect the choice that America has made. But most importantly, we also must keep a keen vigil on the White House and hold our new leaders accountable for their actions over the next four years.

Again, I wish to thank each and every one of you for all of your hard work, prayers and support.

Together we make a great team and together we won Washington County for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin!

Liz Jones
Hagerstown




McCain gave up attributes that voters revered



To the editor:

Will the real John McCain please stand up?

How ironic that not until his defeat did we catch a glimpse of the "old" John McCain, a man for whom - once upon a time -this Democrat might have voted. The senator's concession speech was noble, eloquent and powerful, a reminder of the potential that was squandered in this presidential campaign.

The "old" John McCain was a maverick in many ways; his stands on campaign finance reform, global warming, immigration, and torture clashed with those of his party. He pledged to run an honorable campaign that focused on the issues and avoided the negative and divisive attacks that marked previous Republican campaigns.

But somewhere along the way, that John McCain disappeared and the senator evolved into a Faustian caricature of himself. Unable to offer anything new to the American people, he resorted to disingenuous attacks on his opponent and pandering to the far right.

Guilt by association, misrepresentations, distortions, and outright lies - Karl Rove politics - became standard operating procedure. McCain's reckless selection of the most unqualified, ill-informed running mate in history revealed that he was not putting "country first."

And in the last, desperate days of the campaign, his "Joe the Plumber" road show befitted a "National Lampoon" movie more than a presidential campaign.

In the end, millions of voters - all part of "the real America" - realized that the maverick was merely another politician.

Lori Parks-Murphy
Hagerstown




Kris Kringle 2008 Craft Fair moving to HCC on Nov. 22, 23 to HCC



To the editor:

Twenty-five years ago, Darlene Strock and Ted Eichelberger began the Kris Kringle Craft Show as a fundraiser for the community, with the proceeds going to Mrs. Haven Hoffman, who before her death was known for many years as Mrs. Santa Claus.

Throughout the years, it has always been a fund-raiser. There has never been an admission fee, but we have asked people to bring a nonperishable food item and/or a new toy, which are now being donated to the Hagerstown Trinity Lutheran Church, which provides 100 holiday food baskets and toys to needy families at Christmastime.

The church, as in previous years, will have a van there for food and toy donations. Every year, the show also picks a local charity to give the cash donations to. This year's charity is Hospice of Washington County Inc., a United Way agency.

This year's show will be moved from the Clarion Hotel to the Hagerstown Community College ARC center, on Robinwood Drive. The show has grown from 120 vendors to 230 vendors. It is the largest show in Washington County and was moved to HCC to provide more space and wider aisles for shoppers.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23. For our 25th anniversary, there will be free shopping bags for the first 10,000 visitors to Washington County's oldest and largest craft show.

There will also be free gift wrap and free golf-cart shuttle service from the parking lot. There will also be a package holding area to secure your purchases while you continue to shop. And, every 10 minutes, one of the vendors will provide a door prize.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Linda Williams
Promoter
Kris Kringle
Craft Show

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