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Letters to the Editor

January 27, 2009

Save our unborn



To the editor:

With the memory of President Obama's inauguration fresh in my mind, I feel compelled to respond to his words.

First, I do think President Obama wholeheartedly believes that he stands for hope and change. During his inaugural address he said, "This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men, women, and children of every race and every faith can join in the celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father, less than 60 years ago, might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."

However, I have some questions for President Obama: How can any man, woman or child join in the celebration if they have not been allowed to be born? How could you have risen to take this sacred oath if your mother had ended your sacred life in her womb? What about your beautiful daughters, Malia and Sasha? Do you truly believe you had the right to decide if they were to live or die? These are only a few of the myriad questions I have for our president.

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Please join me in my plea to the president and our elected officials to take a stand and protect the lives of the most precious, innocent, and vulnerable of all humans - our unborn babies.

I urge you to contact our president, senators, and representatives to give a voice to those who cannot speak. Let's stand up for those who will not only never have the chance to be president, but who will never have the chance to see the sunshine.

Pamela Ward
Hagerstown




Flight 93



To the editor:

Out of sight and out of mind seems to be the policy when it comes to building the 9/11 memorial honoring the 40 brave Americans who died on Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, near Shanksville, Pa.

As most thinking Americans realize, their sacrifice saved what could have been the blowing up of the U.S. Capitol with a horrific loss of life. Here we are now in 2009 and not a single shovel full of dirt has been turned to honor these brave and unselfish men and women.

What in God's name is going on here? Have we as a nation forgotten so quickly these brave souls? Do we no longer feel they are worthy of a permanent and appropriate memorial at the bowl-shaped grave that site where they died in this act of courage to save others?

As far as I can tell, the plans to build a permanent memorial are stalled because of a land dispute between the owner and the National Park Service. Legislation was signed by President Bush in September of 2002 for a 2,200-acre national memorial site with a projected cost of about $56 million with additional funds raised by the private sector. A quarry company that owns the land has rebuffed the offer of $250,000 for the 273-acre tract, as well as an additional $750,000 from the families of those killed in the crash.

After this rejection by the landowner, another appraisal of the property has been completed, but nothing has come to if and so we are back to square one.

I am encouraging all of the readers of The Herald-Mail to phone, e-mail or write the president and express your outrage at this stalling procedure.

Please do not let these brave men and women down. Our government should and must act to insure that none of us today or tomorrow can forget what happened on 9/11 in Western Pennsylvania. It is a price we must pay to show insure that future Americans never forget this brave act of courage.

Brenton Croft
Hagerstown

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