Letters to the Editor

March 14, 2009

Jonathan Burrs: I haven't given up the race for mayor

To the editor:

General George S. Patton once said, "A man just knows his destiny. If he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder. If he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take. If he has guts, he will take it."

During the last week or so of campaigning as a mayoral candidate, I met many good, hardworking citizens, some with concerns, others with helpful thoughts and suggestions they feel would make Hagerstown a better place to live and do business. To each and every one of you, it has been my honor and privilege to make your acquaintance.

To all of my family and friends both near and far, and each person who has supported my campaign in any way, shape, or form, I offer my sincerest gratitude.


On May 19, Hagerstown will choose the next mayor and City Council, who will be tasked with leading the city for the next four years. Living in a time of national and global recession, with Congress spending hundreds of billions of dollars bailing out large corporations that have "bad credit," and spending hundreds of billions more "stimulating" the economy (all with taxpayer money), it is imperative to choose our public leaders wisely.

What makes a leader? A good leader is trustworthy, honest, enthusiastic, and passionate about his/her work or cause. A good leader is confident, orderly, composed, and remains steadfast to the primary or main goal. A good leader is not only analytical when viewing situations as a whole, but also when evaluating and inspecting their smaller components. A good leader is persevering and committed to excellence, maintaining high standards and constantly striving for superiority in all areas.

However, one question that must be answered before choosing a leader, particularly at such a critical time in U.S. and earth's history, is this: When faced with adversity, trial, and tribulation, how does a leader react? Will he/she give up and quit or march on?

Over the next two months, as I follow through on my campaign promise to visit neighborhoods and meet city residents, I will provide voters with clear and unparalleled reasons to elect the most qualified mayoral candidate - one who truly has the best interests of all in mind.

During this time, while we learn just a little more about each other, I also will be bringing the public up to speed on several issues that can and will impact each of our futures in one way or another.

We will revisit poor local policy implemented over the past four years, examine haphazard government decisions and communicate how the known inaccuracies of the wage study will impact taxpayers' bottom line!

I also will be sharing with you details of my vision and direction for the ity of Hagerstown and Washington County, as it is my belief the city and county government must work in unity with the other. A journey, which began years prior to the drafting of this correspondence, provides the direction for you and me, the citizens of Hagerstown, to pursue the building of a thriving, sustainable economy, a more-educated and focused workforce, and safe schools and neighborhoods "without having to move."

With the impending challenges that lie ahead, Hagerstown is in need of strong leadership with a history of success - leadership that will establish a positive city agenda with the "know how" for progression and the experience and sound judgment to avoid regression; leadership that listens to its constituency, not the kind that ignores and excludes; and leadership that embraces challenges and stares adversity in the eyes and says, "Failure is not an option!"

I am thankful to all those who have embarked on this journey with me in pursuit of the office of Hagerstown mayor, and to all those who have yet to join our ranks, this candidacy is alive and well and we invite you to join our cause. We began this journey with May 19 in our sights and we remain fixed and focused on that final goal.

To that end, I encourage each and every voter to become thoroughly familiar with the platforms and accomplishments of each candidate so that you can make an informed decision when going to the polls in the general election. Please visit to learn exactly what qualifies me to become your next mayor. Allow your vote to be counted; write-in Burrs as your choice for mayor on May 19.

Jonathan R. Burrs
Mayor of Hagerstown

Personhood begins before conception

To the editor:

Regarding the letter to the editor titled "A Question of Life," which appeared in the March 12 Herald-Mail, Burr Loomis, in his eagerness to separate personhood from the developing embryo, fails to take into account that, in the mind of God, personhood precedes conception. In Jeremiah 1:5, God states, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you."

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