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Letters to the Editor

February 05, 2009

Rewards don't register



To the editor:

One thing I hate about shopping is "rewards."

Because the opposite is "punishment."

Yet increasingly, when I try to buy something, the clerk asks if I have a "rewards" or some such card.

I have succumbed to carrying two "Valuable Preferred Human" supermarket cards, but they're pretty straightforward - you show the card, some of your groceries ring up cheaper, you pay and be on your way.

I can handle that.

But all this other stuff - you show a card and they give you points, which lead to a mail-in or online rebate months later or on the next visit - or you have to register online and then somehow get your register receipt to them and then maybe get something back someday or something off on something else, or eat 10 meals and you get a free dessert.

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Or you pay $4 for something and they tell you it's like getting it for $2.

What the heck does that mean? Couldn't we just compromise at $3?

Maybe individually each one isn't that complicated. But put them all together and, as Hugh Grant tried to say in the movie "Mickey Blue Eyes," "fugedaboudit!"

Retailers themselves aren't even sure it's a good idea. Otherwise, why would some of the ones that don't require a card advertise "No Card Needed"?

To me, that's pretty appealing, because all I really want to do is buy a half-way decent product at a fair price, pay for it and go on with life!

Paul Politis
Greencastle, Pa.




Help was appreciated



To the editor:

My parents' home in Halfway caught on fire early in the morning on Feb. 2. I would like to thank all of the firefighters and rescue workers who put out the fire and helped my family.

I also would like to thank all of the neighbors who helped in every imaginable way. My family and I are so lucky to be blessed with such wonderful friends. I am so thankful that my parents made it out of the house and that they are OK.

Something like this really makes you realize what is important in life and nothing is more important than your family and your friends. I feel so grateful this night that I have both. We are truly thankful for everyone who helped today and you will never know how much you are appreciated.

Wendy L. Wilson
Hagerstown

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