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Letters to the Editor

February 17, 2009

Why toss out Geesaman's experience?



To the editor:

I was surprised to read that in a recent meeting the Washington (Pa.) Township Supervisors voted 3-2 against the reappointment of Jeffrey Geesaman to the WTMA board of directors, despite his 15-year tenure as a member and board chairman of WTMA.

For all of those who don't know, Geesaman is not an import, but a lifelong resident of Washington Township and as such, has acquired extensive knowledge of its resources and residents.

He also has years of experience in general building and road construction, and in maintenance of water and sewer facilities.

The supervisors are intelligent men, capable and responsible for making sound judgments and decisions.

However, it is troubling to think that they failed to consider Geesaman's qualifications and service by denying his reappointment for reasons that implied a lack of transparency (alluding to an accidental muddy creek incident) and the appearance of an alleged conflict of interest.

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Mine is the only one of a number of voices which regards their reasons to be ambiguous and grossly unjust and their decision to be a disservice to both the Township and WTMA.

Why? Because the action abolishes the access, use and benefits of the wealth of Geesaman's knowledge, 15 years of dedicated service and experience dealing with the regulations, policies, and issues that are mandated by agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including matters of interest to our community.

C. Stewart McCleaf
Waynesboro, Pa.




Death penalty's end will spark more killings



To the editor:

Almost every week headlines read "Escaped murderer loose." Not one, but two shootings at Laurel (Md.) Hospital were caused by prisoners attempting to escape. Correctional officers have been ambushed and murdered by inmates. Convicted murderers on prison buses kill other inmates. A teenager gets four life sentences for executing his entire family and brags that he will escape within a year.

In spite of this carnage and mayhem, our leaders are once again rushing to abolish the death penalty.

Back when then-Gov. Paris Glendening appointed the committee to study the death penalty, both he and Attorney General Joseph Curran wanted to abolish the death penalty. Not surprisingly, their committee's report now claims geographic bias and other disparities in trying death penalty cases. In Baltimore, drug dealers can firebomb an entire family without fear of the ultimate penalty.

That's not "disparity" that's a willful political decision.

Once the death penalty is repealed, "lifers" will have immunity to kill as they please. What are you going to do, cut off their cable TV?

Well-meaning people say "If only one life is saved, it is worth it." Surely this mantra applies to the murderer's next victim, doesn't it?

When a criminal's act is so heinous that society deems it necessary to end his life, activists, clergy and politicians who rush to their defense are jeopardizing the lives of corrections officers, other inmates and the public at large by stepping in. Just who are they protecting though? Surely not the public.

Now is the time to write your representatives and urge them to stand firm against abolition of the death penalty. After all, if only one life is saved by executing a murderer, it will be worth it.

Walter King
Timonium, Md.

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