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Letters to the Editor

July 03, 2009

No amount of money can buy freedom



To the editor:

My sisters and I were talking about when we were kids and would get a nickel, or sometimes a dime, and how much it would buy at the corner store.

The candy was called "Penny Candy" back then. I guess it was because for 1 cent, you could get two or three pieces of something.

The old man behind the counter would see the whole bunch of us coming and just know for the next hour, we'd be trying to make up our minds about what to buy. When you did decide, your chewy Mary Jane or colored gum balls were placed into tiny brown paper bags to carry home.

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My mother got a little break just by giving us kids a nickel and Mr. Harrison, who owned the place, well, I think he ended up with a headache by the time my five sisters and I left.

The Fourth of July was always special and kept simple as well. Mom would make a picnic, all the grandparents and family would come over and dad would pick a watermelon out of the garden for us to have. It was a day for being together to celebrate America's freedom, with loud bangs from fireworks after the sun went down.

Technology has blessed us in so many ways, but it has also taken a little something with it. As we fire up the grills and get ready to celebrate our nation's independence, we might want to be a little less dependent on "things." We might not have had lots when I growing up, but we also learned the value of what we did have, especially having each other in our lives.

Our country has some serious problems that need to be worked on, but we are all free. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us count this as a blessing. No matter what our differences may be, no amount of money can buy us what we already have right here in our own backyard.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown




Phone number fiasco leads to more frustration



To the editor:

I haven't seen anything about Verizon's unlisted phone number fiasco lately (except in Mail Call).

I never did get the $5 rebate for sending back my phone book. This was disguised as a phone book recycling effort.

They said how few people didn't ask for a better resolution (security system, etc.) That's probably because they made it so difficult and stressful to contact them in the first place.

They should have designated a certain phone number for it. I remember calling for days, being on hold so long and getting so many automated options (none of which were about the phone number printing).

I finally did get through to a human and got my number changed, but it was quite frustrating.

Sarah Hendershot
Hancock

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail reported May 21 that the Maryland Public Service Commission closed the case involving Verizon's inadvertent release of about 11,000 private phone numbers by rebuking the company, but taking no action.

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