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Letters to the Editor

July 11, 2009

Community Foundation passes $6 million mark



To the editor:

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. (CFWC) recently went over the $6 million mark in cumulative grants to charitable causes since its first grant in 1998. This is the accumulation of distributions from endowed designated funds, field-of-interest funds, agency funds, scholarship funds, donor-advised funds and unrestricted community funds. It is exciting to see the mission of the foundation being fulfilled. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The day will come when we will be distributing this amount annually.

In fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30, the foundation distributed $1,060,152 in grants, about half of which came out of donor-advised funds. The three highest categories for funding were human services at 51.5 percent, religion at 15.3 percent and education at 13.7 percent.

Designed primarily as an organization to help create permanent endowments, the foundation offers tremendous flexibility for donors to support their charitable interests and create a family legacy at the same time. The flexibility is available in the types of funds that can be created, the types of assets that can be donated, the income-generating vehicles that can be used and the unlimited array of charitable causes that can be supported. The Community Foundation truly is the "Swiss Army Knife of Charitable Giving."

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The Community Foundation of Washington County currently has about $15 million in assets under management. Donors can support any of our 165 funds at any time, or create a charitable fund of their own. Everybody wins - the donor, the nonprofit community, Washington County and future generations.

To learn more about the Community Foundation and personal or corporate philanthropy, please give me a call at 301-745-5210.

Brad Sell
executive director
Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc.




State senator thanks scholarship committee



To the editor:

Recently, my 2009-2010 Senatorial Scholarship Committee met in Hagerstown to make decisions about the awarding of Senatorial Scholarships in District 2.

The committee was comprised of the following outstanding Washington County citizens - Bob Garver, Kendall Desaulniers, Dave Jordan and Earl Stoner.

These dedicated citizens spent hours deliberating each applicant's individual financial and personal situations in an effort to award money fairly to students who had applied to me for financial aid.

Each year, my office receives more requests than the year before, while funds to meet the needs of these requests stay the same. Therefore, the decisions each year are even harder to make than the year before. All decisions were made with compassion, with great concern and taking into account the particular circumstances of each applicant.

I would like to publicly commend and thank each committee member for doing a superb job. Each one was very giving of his/her time, knowledge and experience, and their efforts have created a brighter future for 74 students in Washington County. I am most appreciative.

Donald F. Munson
Senator, District 2




Rowland's attack on Roscoe Bartlett was unfair



To the editor:

I am responding to Tim Rowland's column about Roscoe Bartlett ("Bartlett's 'eccentricity' is an acquired taste," Sunday, June 14, page A8). I am not a Republican. I have disagreements with many of Bartlett's positions, but Rowland unfairly attacked him.

Roscoe is a Seventh-day Adventist. They are "peaceable Christians" like Friends and Mennonites. He could have received conscious-objector status without college or studying theology. He graduated in 1947. That was two years after World War II ended. If Bartlett was using theological study to avoid the war, why would he continue his studies after the war ended?

Rowland makes fun of Roscoe's "peak oil rants." The Hubbert Peak Oil Theory is serious. Rowland does a disservice by joking. The theory says oil production can be understood by bell curves - one of production over time and the other of production against cost. The former bell curve suggests we are past the high point of oil production. The second says as oil gets scarce, it becomes more expensive. Bartlett asserts, therefore, we should change our energy policy. The Republicans hate these ideas.

When Roscoe Bartlett speaks, he speaks not to an empty chamber, but to us. He uses the only platform the Republicans leave him. His party freezes him out of power because he speaks truth about things they wish were left unsaid. He was one of only seven Republican congressman to vote against the Military Contract of 2006 because it suspended the right of habeas corpus. He was a critic of the Bush administration's prosecution of the Second Gulf War and the assault on our constitutional rights.

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