Advertisement

Letters to the Editor

June 21, 2009

Tea Party didn't receive fair media coverage



To the editor:

So how come the national media pointedly ignored folks from the "grass roots" who decided to have a Tea Party? You got me. What scant coverage there was indulged in mocking, sneering and ridiculing rants against all those lovely people who were just exercising their right to inform their government, by peacefully gathering, of their concerns. An action that is as American as baseball and apple pie.

The average American (Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent and the nonaligned) is flummoxed over the speed with which Congress is attempting to spend the country out of a recession. The financial world is being remade, government is muttering about setting salaries of CEOs, the scary hemorrhaging of money to congressional pet projects, few of which will actually stimulate the economy is worrisome, the bailouts of various industries, incurring trillions of dollars of debt as far as the eye can see, the failure to finish the fence at the Mexican border, the threat of costly universal health care, as well as other concerns are disquieting to say the least. As Tom Daschle used to say ... often ... the government actions are "troubling."

Advertisement

Without any major organization efforts, people gathered with their symbolic "tea bags" in lots of major cities to display signs, send messages to respective members of Congress and share their uneasiness about where we are headed. Tens of millions of them? No ... but millions, at least.

Perhaps the media felt compelled to give these protesters short shrift lest their coverage contribute to fair publicity that might help to swell their numbers the next time they gathered. If nothing more, media coverage would have displayed the signs they carried, which "speak a book," as the saying goes - "Finish the Fence," "No More Bailouts," "Stop Spending my Kids Inheritance," "Don't Bailout the Incompetents," "No New Taxes," "Stop the Government Pork," "No More Corporate Welfare," "No Money For Acorn."

The next Tea Party will be held July 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. at University Plaza. Give some serious thought to attending if any of these above-mentioned concerns are yours. Expect no partisan speeches, and everybody to be well-behaved, civil, well-informed and nice folks with whom to spend a couple of hours. They are your fellow Americans. What could be better?

Nancy C. Boyer
Hagerstown




Miracles are happening all around us



To the editor:

A presentation on TV was so interesting and encouraging. It told of miracles or, as some would say, divine interventions.

Some do not believe in them. I do because I have had personal experiences. Many stories have been told, written and caught on camera. Quite a few when the disaster at the Twin Towers occurred.

Miracles in individual lives and families. Many dealing with work, business, hospitals, nursing homes, roadsides, churches, schools and athletic fields. On rivers and oceans. Lives spared and lives lost.

We don't know or understand which or why. I guess we are not supposed to. That is God's business. There is a purpose for everything.

As Christians, we believe no matter how bad the pain, how horrible the disappointment, wondering can I make it through this, a still, small voice echoes in our minds. Yes, you can, for I am with you and will never leave or forsake you.

Miracles are happening 24 hours a day and I pray we will see more of them. I think we will as terrible things are being done in these latter years.

Jesus tells us not to be afraid, so let us trust him with all our hearts and lean not upon our own understanding. There are miracles with our names on them. Thanks be to God, our heavenly father.

Frances Moats
Hagerstown




Flight 93 victims deserve permanent memorial



To the editor:

Flight 93 and the 40 brave Americans who gave their lives on 9/11 at Shanksville, Pa., may yet have the permanent memorial they rightfully deserve if the National Park Service's plans to take the disputed lands needed by eminent domain comes to fruition. I believe most Americans will agree the brave Americans who attempted to take command of the hijacked plane and thus save a horrific loss of life on the ground deserve this memorial.

Plans to start the memorial have long been stalled by local property owners; in one case, a specific owner kept holding out for more money for his 273-acre tract. Two appraisals had been completed, yet the impasse remained even after the surviving families had raised $750,000 toward the land purchase plus the federal government offering $250,000 to the single holdout.

With the 10th anniversary fast approaching in 2011, it seemed no one in federal power cared enough.

Now, we come a step closer to the realization these brave Americans will not be forgotten. Whether the Obama administration can take the credit for bringing closure, I am not sure. But one thing all of us can be proud of is we are closer to the groundbreaking of this much-needed memorial. As Americans, we must never forget the actions taken on that day. The passengers on Flight 93 paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our capital from another "flying inferno" that could well have destroyed the U.S. Capitol with gigantic loss of life.

Blanton Croft
Hagerstown

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|