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Letters to the Editor

January 19, 2009

Wanda Miller will be missed



To the editor:

This is a eulogy for a fallen city worker. Wanda Miller lost her final battle against cancer last week. She had waged it bravely, forthrightly, for many years, while doing her job at public works just as bravely and forthrightly.

She was also always, to the last day I talked to her on city business just a few weeks ago, professional and courteous and patient and effective. She had the public works workers come out and handle the problem I was bringing to her attention. I had no idea she was so very gravely ill.

Wanda was a miracle to me. I would whine at her about what migraines did to me and she would commiserate at length - even though I could go lie down on the couch, but she had to keep on reporting for work. After chemo. After doing her housework. After taking care of her home and family.

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Wanda reported for work and did it as if nothing in the world was wrong with her. She only got paid for the days she came into work. She was just another city worker, not paid fabulously, but doing a fabulous job handling the public at public works.

I will miss you Wanda, very much. And I will grieve for you. God give you the rest and peace you so very much deserve.

Mary W. Haines
Hagerstown




Fairplay did its job



To the editor:

On October 19, 2005, I had to call 911, as I thought my husband was having a heart attack. Two minutes later, a neighbor who is a member of the Fairplay Fire Co. appeared at our door. He helped my husband get dressed and started breathing techniques.

Five minutes later, the Fairplay Fire Co. showed up. Their quick reaction and team play saved my husband's life. They rushed him to the hospital and he underwent surgery for five bypasses and again, we would like to thank the Fairplay Fire Co.

Ron and Dot Kline
Hagerstown




How bad is it?



To the editor:

The fiscal year for the City of Hagerstown ends on June 30. It is now the 15th of January and the city still has not made an annual financial report available to the public.

The 2007 report was available in early December of 2007, and in my opinion that was too long after the close of business. Why has this year's report been further delayed?

Since the budget must be approved in May, and the citizens need more time to make any reasonable money saving ideas, shouldn't it be available earlier. It would be better to know how bad a beating the city took after the economy began to melt down. I get my bank and other financial statements no more than 30 days after the close of the prior month.

It may require a consolidation with the county to control costs and prevent big-time hardship on those that pay the bills, namely the taxpayer.

It may also be interesting to know how many city employees must be laid off or bought out because of the foolish raises recommended by outside consultants with a bunch of baloney for stastical back up

On June 30, 2007, the city had $25 million-plus in pooled cash and investments.

Does it still have those funds, or did the balance simply melt away like the rest of us? It is time to fess up. Just how bad did we get hit? The golden goose is out of money.

Tom Immer
Hagerstown

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