Letters to the Editor

June 30, 2009

Salvation Army benefits from golf tournament

To the editor:

Friday, June 19, was a beautiful day at Black Rock Golf Course as golfers headed out for a shotgun start for a golf tournament benefiting The Salvation Army after testing their mettle at the putting green contest, which was won by G. O'Shea.

Individual contest (closest to the pin and longest drive) were won by Bunk Wilt and Dr. Seidman.

The flight winners were 1) L. Henry, R. Moyer, D. Lowery and P. Feeser. Flight 2 was won by E. Barger, C. Flickinger, B. McCartney and S. Willard. Congratulations to both of these teams.

A great meal was provided by Darrell Whittington and the staff of Black Rock.

In addition, many local sponsors provided gifts and donations to make the classic a big success.

Those recognized are Herman Mellott, Noel Brady, James Reeder, Jim Shifler, McCutcheon Products of Frederick, Md., Beaver Creek Golf Course, Bast of Boonsboro, Merrill Lynch Financials, Hagerstown Trust Co., Mack/Volvo Powertrain Division, First Data Merchant Services staff members, Kelly Photo Service, Martin's Food Market, AC&T Co. Inc., Brethren Mutual Insurance Co., GBF Business Forms, Dr. Toothman, Dr. Barra, Battery One, Carpet Gallery, Kathy Thomas, Coca-Cola Bottling Works, members of The Salvation Army Advisory Board and The Salvation Army staff.


We wish to thank all who participated and those who donated to the tournament to make this a big success.

We look forward to having many, many golfers join with us Friday, June 18, 2010, at Black Rock Golf Course.

God bless each one of you.

Major Robert Lyle
commanding officer
Hagerstown corps of The Salvation Army

Employment problems always a part of our history

To the editor:

My hometown could be called Anytown, U.S. -- Bloomington, Ind., home of Indiana University.

Over my lifetime, many changes in employment have become real and we will see many more.

In the '40s, employment came from the recovery from the Depression and a World War. Many jobs came from government contracts and returning GIs needing jobs, houses and education. A lot of these needs were met by the government.

The one-time largest furniture manufacturer left in the '50s. Monon Rail Road Co. started cutting back on its runs in the '60s and '70s. Now, it's completely gone. Bikes and hikers now use the rails for trails.

The once-giant RCA converted from military production to television, stereos and other home entertainment wants. Three large buildings and warehouses spread over many acres with two, and sometimes three, shifts working. Skilled and unskilled workers were needed. This is gone. Weeds grow where workers once parked.

Otis Elevator made elevators for companies around the world. It, too, is gone. General Electric, home of the first side-by-side refrigerator, has announced its closing date.

Does this sound too familiar to those who have lost their jobs? Changes happen. Competition came to our shores and stores. The American consumer loved the new low-priced merchandise. The price was right and we bought. We drove this market.

The poorer countries needed the jobs. Men, women and children worked for pennies on the dollar with no questions asked. Retirement, no. Health care, not a question. Dental care, same. They just wanted jobs. Their fault? Not hardly. Our government didn't know jobs were leaving our towns, our cities, our country. Could our government have stopped this? Maybe not. Could they have slowed down this trend? Did they try? Who knows.

Changes, new technology, modern marvels, machines versus man. No time off for families, no doctor appointments. Efficient? Very.

Simple quotes from long ago will not address America's work-force problems. Will the giants of manufacturing come back? Smaller plants and small businesses will take up some of the slack. New high-tech trade schools are needed. American workers will find ways to survive, not the old way. Benefits will become fewer. Retirement? Who knows?

Helen Brummett-Shryock

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