Letters to the Editor

August 21, 2009

Vick signing a sucker punch for animal lovers

To the editor:

This has been another bad week for dogs and those who love and care for them around the state. And those of us who have devoted our lives to the sheltering and welfare of animals in Pennsylvania feel as though we have been hit by a bus. What makes it worse is the fact that the drivers are people we thought we could trust.

Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, says he made the decision to sign Michael Vick based, in part, on the prison experiences of Coach Andy Reid's children. Mr. Lurie, I fail to understand your logic.

Gov. Ed Rendell, you say Vick served his time with "dignity and grace." I ask that you visit the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter in Chambersburg, Pa., or any one of the many fine shelters and rescues in your state, and we will show you people who serve every day with true dignity and grace. How can you apply those words of praise to a man who systematically tortured and brutally murdered helpless dogs, not once in a fit of rage, but continuously over a period of six years?


Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, defends the signing of Michael Vick, saying with his "street cred," he will be a good spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States' anti-cruelty campaign.

Gentlemen, by your validation of Michael Vick, you have sucker-punched every animal advocate in the country.

Nancy E. Gardner,
member, Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board
president of the board of directors, Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter
Chambersburg, Pa.

Democratic treasurer says he's stepping down

To the editor:

I want to take this opportunity to thank my Democratic friends who I have served for the past three years. Effective Sept. 1, I will be resigning from the Washington County Democratic Central Committee as a member and as its treasurer.

I have enjoyed my time working for and with the central committee to promote the values and ideas of the Democratic Party throughout Washington County and the State of Maryland. At this time, I feel that I must resign from the central committee to focus on my duties as vice president of the Smithsburg Town Council.

I am committed to working for my community through attending more commission meetings, PTA meetings and other events in an attempt to be a more informed and engaged public servant.

Donnie Souders Jr.
treasurer, Washington County Democratic Central Committee

Seeking info on Charlton Brothers Trucking

To the editor:

I'm trying to do some research on Charlton Brothers Trucking.

The company closed in 1996. My grandfather, John R. Maugans, retired from there in the 1980s.

I'm trying to find any information on the company - its history, pictures, toy trucks, anything to do with the company.

I would like this information so my children and grandchildren will have some history of where their grandfather worked.

I've tried everything to find information on the company. I've tried the Internet and I've posted ads on eBay and Craigslist, but I haven't received a response from anybody, so I'm at a dead end.

I'm asking for your help and anybody else that can help me. You can call me at 301-678-7570 or send an e-mail to

Base Kuhn

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