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Letters to the Editor

June 04, 2009

Follow the rules when you recycle



To the editor:

It is possible some folks are not aware they can dispose of cardboard of any size plus their newspapers or bags of shredded paper at 12919 Salem Ave. any time of day or night? Just pull in and throw your large or small cardboard boxes up on the loading dock, which you will usually find rather full. If you have loose newspapers, just put them in a cardboard box.

If you would be so kind as to do this, you would make it a lot more convenient for those of us who make an attempt to use the recycle bins as they are meant to be used. Take enough time to read what is acceptable on the outside of the recycle bins. It says cardboard is acceptable if pieces are no larger than 18 inches by 18 inches. Many times, I've gone there to find the newspaper section of the bin packed so full of broken-down boxes the size of refrigerators, etc., it was impossible to close the door.

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The other section is meant for plastic only if it has the triangle-shaped emblem, it has a one or a two on it, not higher, or glass, aluminum or steel containers. Some of us find it not at all difficult to go by the rules. It's very easy.

Someday, if the recycle bins are taken away, how many of you will say to yourself, "I may have been part of the reason." The abuse is getting worse.

Jack Mummert
Hagerstown




Obama's 'dialogue' probably will be for naught



To the editor:

President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech to the Muslim world in Cairo on Thursday, June 4, 2009, in an effort to "open a dialogue."

While this may be an admirable effort, assuming he doesn't attempt to apologize for 9/11 or offer good-will funding to al-Qaida, etc., the whole exercise can easily be reduced to its bare essentials.

Here is a distilled version of a dialogue that preserves the intentions of the concerned parties.

Obama: "What can we do so that 'we can all just get along?'"

Muslims: "Die, infidels!"

Anyone that thinks that the nature of this dialogue will ever change needs to dig a little deeper, beyond the "Islam is a religion of peace" facade with which Western idealists are so easily tranquilized.

Doug Harp
Greencastle, Pa.




Discovery Station is an asset to Hagerstown



To the editor:

I spent a delightful two hours at the Discovery Station on Saturday listening to Alison Davies talk about French phrases and customs.

It wasn't my first and won't be my last enjoyable Saturday afternoon there.

Discovery Station is truly an asset to Hagerstown.

Jackie Fields
Hagerstown

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