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Letters to the Editor

July 14, 2009

Reporters, photographers can imperil others



To the editor:

Having spent 24 years in a large metropolitan fire department, I was more than a little irritated to read the column by Linda Duffield concerning the bravery of reporters and photographers ("Reporters exhibit bravery in pursuit of the news," Sunday, July 5, page B1). The writer cites two examples of such bravery.

1. A reporter drove through floodwaters after being told by authorities not to.

2. A reporter intentionally maneuvered into the possible line of fire despite the best efforts of law enforcement to keep them back.

These are not examples of bravery, but of arrogant stupidity. In both cases, they should have been arrested.

What happens when the vehicle is swept away? Rescue personnel now must risk their lives because your reporters decided to be brave.

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What happens when those that put themselves in the line of fire are shot? Police officers now must risk their lives to assist your brave reporters.

The fact they are reporters and photographers does not give them the right to imperil the lives of those called to handle the incident.

Donald Hineman

Hagerstown




Thanks to everyone who organized parades



To the editor:

I would like to thank everyone involved in organizing and putting on a wonderful parade July 4 during the Summer Jubilee in Waynesboro, Pa.

I was a participant in the parade and enjoyed flying my flag in memory of 9/11 to remind people about the Sept. 11 tragedy.

We Americans shouldn't take anything for granted, especially our freedom. I like honoring the freedom to be able to wear what I want, fly the flag and go where I choose, whether people like it or not.

I also would like to thank everyone involved for a great Memorial Day parade that was held May 9 in Scotland, Pa.

I especially want to thank Dave of Dave's Truck Repair in Chambersburg, Pa., for asking me to be a participant more than three years ago, when they started having a parade. I believe it had been since the 1960s when there was a parade, and they brought the tradition back.

Lord willing, I'll be back again next year.

Russell "Pete" SevilleGreencastle, Pa.




Send CEOs back to their ivory tower



To the editor:

Once again, shameless AIG comes, hat in hand, begging Congress for "relief." Please!

How many jets, expensive cars and thousand-dollar suits do these impoverished CEOs need?

Send these corporate leeches packing back to their ivory tower - empty-handed.

Joe HammellWaynesboro, Pa.

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