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Letters to the Editor

January 20, 2009

A term is a full 4 years



To the editor:

In response to the letter in the Saturday, Jan. 17, Herald-Mail, I must disagree with the writer's assertions that President Bush should have stepped down two weeks after the election. Mr. Bush was re-elected in November 2004 to a second term that did not begin until January 2005 and ends at noon on Tuesday Jan. 20, 2009, thus completing his second four year term.

The writer claims to know what the Constitution stands for. Not so. In order for a change such as what the writer was advocating to be enacted, the Constitution would have to be amended with ratification coming from not only the U.S. Congress but the states as well. President Bush is well within his constitutional responsibility in not only making and shaping public policy, but carrying out the laws of the land until his term expires.

Although I admire the writer's military service to our country, he should obtain a copy of The Constitution of the United States, read and comprehend it before writing another article concerning the Presidency.

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Lance Stotler
Martinsburg, W.Va.




This is justice?



To the editor:

Well slap my wrist! It amazed me to read in The Herald-Mail recently that the female guard who smuggled drugs into prison got off with an 18-month suspended sentence and unsupervised probation. Oh sure, she lost her job - well duh!

She claims she did it because she was threatened by a former boyfriend. What kept her from going to the cops? This is amazing to me.

Is this what the judges in this community call justice? Everybody deserves a chance but, let's face it, we are sending the wrong message to these public servants who break the law when nothing is done.

They should be held more accountable, not less accountable. I can't believe more of the public isn't outraged at what I see as neglect of justice.

Ask yourself this: If you had smuggled drugs into prison do you think you would have gotten a suspended sentence and unsupervised probation?

This is an outrage and it has nothing to do with what is right. Can you say preferential treatment?

Richard Hull
Hagerstown

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