Letters to the Editor

May 13, 2009

Meme Davis gave much to community

To the editor:

I was recently informed that Carlton "Meme" Davis will no longer be heading the Ruth Monroe Summer Basketball League at Wheaton Park.

Although this program was, at times, a little tough going, and it was sometimes hard to get participation from parents and adults, as it is with most sports programs, children were able to play the sport they loved every week.

There was always an abundance of children from ages 7-14 waiting to play in this program. These basketball games took place during summer break and were held on Sunday evenings in Wheaton Park.


Not only was this a great starting place for those aspiring athletes, it was also a place for those of us who have children in the program to see folks that we only got to see during this program.

There was always a sense of family, like a reunion every Sunday evening. People bring their snacks, coolers, chairs, etc. to spend from 3 p.m. to sometimes 10 p.m. watching the community youth play their games.

Meme Davis has been a part of this program for 17 years. He was an official for many, many years when his aunt, Ruth Ann Monroe, ran the program. When she passed, Meme was asked if he would be interested in taking it over, and he didn't hesitate to take this position. He was there every Sunday with a smile on his face, waiting for the teams to show and get the games started for the day.

If you asked any of the kids if they knew him, none of them would say "No". He grew up in the community and has given back by participating in this program and coaching other leagues throughout Washington County.

This man even made it to the park on the Sunday after the death of his beloved mother to make sure the games went on without delay. I am sure he missed out on a great deal of things to make sure he was there every Sunday over the past 17 years. Not once did he ever complain or stop giving back to these kids.

For those who think they know this man and what he is about, did you ever come in person on a Sunday evening and see how much he gave of his time? Did you ever take the time to stop by just to see what this program was all about? Or did you choose to sit behind your desk and assume you knew what was going on and feel that you knew more about how things should be done.

Maybe you should take some time and speak to the community as a whole and see what they have to say.

Karen Davis

The power at Hershey

To the editor:

This letter is in reply to Charles Miller's letter on April 20, concerning Hershey. His questions deserve an answer even though some of his statements are misleading. I was raised in the Milton Hershey School and was there when Mr. Hershey was still living. Mr. Hershey started the school in 1909 and gave his fortune of $60 million to the school in 1915 (now worth $6 billion). Included in the $60 million is controlling stock in Hershey Chocolate and almost everything else in Hershey. So the school owns almost everything in Hershey. Before he died in 1945, Mr. Hershey established a Board of Managers (BOM) for the school. Since the school owns so much in Hershey, the BOM controls everything in Hershey. One fear Mr. Hershey had was that the wrong people would get in control of the BOM. You can guess what happened, starting back around 1960.

The decisions made by Hershey Chocolate were made by or approved by the BOM since they have controlling stock. For example, back in 2002 when Hershey Chocolate was put up for sale, it was the BOM that wanted the sale. The CEO of Hershey Chocolate at that time was against the sale, but the BOM had control of any decisions. Public outcry stopped the sale. The Hershey Trust Board (the $6 billion) answers to the BOM, even though some members are also BOM members. The HERCO company that owns Hershey Park and all entertainment in Hershey except the Hershey Theater, is owned by the school, so its board answers to the BOM. I could go on, but by now you can see that the BOM is responsible for Hershey decisions. So, when you want to place blame for what is happening, send a letter to the BOM and ask them why something wrong is happening in Hershey.

Kenneth Brady
Severna Park, Md.

Kemp might have saved GOP

To the editor:

Jack Kemp was the real compassionate conservative. He actually cared about people, rather than just about power and money and pomp and ideology.

If he had been Ronald Reagan's vice president and eventual successor rather than George H. W. Bush, this country would be in far better shape and the GOP might still be a major political party.

Burr Loomis
Chambersburg, Pa.

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