Letters to the Editor

June 10, 2009

Sotomayor is an honorable choice ...

To the editor:

I can honestly say that Sonia Sotomayor is an honorable choice. There's no one else who even comes close to her qualifications.

Her rsum speaks for itself. Who cares what race or gender she is. She's more than qualified for the job. The ignorant people saying all these racist slurs about her didn't even know her or anything about her until now. They are the people who seem to have the problem with their own identity.

One America! One love! That's what I say. These twisted-minded people are doing all they can to keep America from being the great nation that we strive to be.


William Berry
Charles Town, W.Va.

... but here are the arguments against her

To the editor:

To be or not to be - Sonia Sotomayor, nominee for justice for the Supreme Court. I say, she should not be and here are the reasons why.

1. To quote Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, "I've read a couple dozen of her opinions and they do not speak well of her being a nominee for the Supreme Court." To paraphrase further, Turley said she would be historic as the nominee as was Thurgood Marshall, but reminded Matthews that Marshall wasn't a lasting intellectual force on the court.

2. Sotomayor has been reversed in three out of five of her majority opinions written for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source: Washington Times, May 27)

3. Another of her opinions is now in the Supreme Court (Ricci vs. DeStefano) - a racial discrimination case concerning promotion tests of firefighters (19 white and one Hispanic). The town of New Haven, Conn., threw out the results of two of these tests because none of the city's black applicants had passed the tests. According to Judge Cabranes, the dissenting judge in this case, Sotomayor had issued a single paragraph order along with other colleagues and ignored 1,800 pages of testimony, ignoring the facts of the case. (Sources: Washington Times, May 27; CNS, May 26)

4. Last and certainly not least, as stated by Shirley Sadler, president of the National Federation of Republican Woman (NFRW), "As a woman, I am of course gladdened by the appointment of a woman to the Supreme Court, but her gender is not and should not be an issue." To further paraphrase, what is at issue is how Sotomayor views the position of the courts as either interpreting or making law. From past decisions, it sounds as if they have not always been based on the Constitution or the rule of law. (Source: NFRW press release, May 27)

Mary Burkholder
member of the Franklin County Council
of Republican Women
Chambersburg, Pa.

Thanks to all who helped with truck convoy

To the editor:

The seventh annual Franklin County Truck Convoy, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was held May 23 at Cressler Trucking. This year's convoy raised more than $10,000, all of which will be used to grant the wishes of Franklin County "wish kids."

The convoy would not exist without the participation and support of many people, especially the drivers and their sponsoring companies. We thank you for your participation and for helping to bring smiles to the faces of "wish kids" and their families.

Special thanks to Cressler Trucking in Shippensburg, Pa., who generously hosted the convoy again this year. Their management and employees were actively involved in the planning and facilitating of all the day's activities. We greatly appreciate all of your time, energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to working with you for next year's convoy.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors - Chambersburg Downtown Kiwanis Club, Bell Insurance, Sid and Ellen Palmer, Brad and Johna Bolinger, ServiceMaster, Gateway Gallery Auction, Mason-Dixon BBQ and Phantom Shadow.

Special thanks to all of the "wish kids" and their families for participating in this event. We hope to see you all again at next year's convoy.

To make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, send a check, c/o Rich Bell, to 3455 Turnberry Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202, or stop by any of the Bell Insurance offices.

To learn more about the Franklin County Truck Convoy, call Rich Bell at 717-264-1612 or visit the Web site at

Rich Bell,
event coordinator and Make-A-Wish volunteer

Friends of Legal Services needs new space

To the editor:

On behalf of the Friends of Legal Services, I would like to thank all of the people and organizations who contributed to the tremendous success of our 25th annual book sale.

We are especially grateful to the many local offices and businesses that acted as donation sites; to the thousands of people who donated books; to Wilson College; to the volunteers who sorted, priced, packed, unpacked and sold tens of thousands of books; and to all of the book lovers and bargain hunters who patronized the sale.

We are already looking forward to our next sale, which is scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9, 2010. However, we have lost our current space for storing and sorting the books and are asking the community for help finding new space.

If anyone has suggestions for space in the general area of Chambersburg that we could rent - 2,000 square feet or more, with a grade entrance, heat, air conditioning (so that the books don't get moldy) and a bathroom - please call Franklin County Legal Services at 717-262-2326.

Rebecca S. Dempsey
Friends of Legal Services
Chambersburg, Pa.

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