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Letters to the Editor

September 24, 2009

PATH project would mean losing our heritage



To the editor:

Please use your influence to stop the PATH project.

We are landowners in West Virginia surviving over many generations. Where are our rights? What about "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth"? Where are our unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

For nearly 100 years, the Henry D. Regester family has owned property in West Virginia, as did his parents and grandparents before him. This homeplace of four children, 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren still is our "American heritage." We survived on this property by hunting, fishing and farming. We worked this land during the Depression, sickness, drought and flooding. In good times and bad - this is our part of America.

Our men served our country as we lived on and loved this same land. My father, Henry D. Regester, fought in World War I. His children and grandchildren served as they were called by our country.

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How can our elected officials take away part of these United States by wanting to divide our land by placing a 766-kilovolt power line through it (1-135.000-UP PATH? I understand this case is pending.

We are saddened because we are losing our American heritage - our family history is in this land. Our elected officials are defacing this land and we, as country folk, are losing more than 12 acres so that the PATH project can move forward by providing power for city dwellers who indulge in its usage. Yet we are blindsided and stripped of our land.

Tina M. Lanham

Williamsport




People are protesting policies, not skin color



To the editor:

Regarding Leonard Pitts' column of Sept. 18 ("'Culture war' is no longer just a figure of speech," page A4), he says that "the outrageous behavior that has attended the election of our first African-American president" is "because they find it hard to accept that the new guy is liberal ... and black." I say enough already.

Barack Obama was elected president of the United States of America. He is the leader of the free world. What more needs to happen before people stop saying, "Well, you know, it's because he's black"?

People are protesting Obama's behavior, not his skin color. Unfortunately, some are doing so in very inappropriate ways. Believe me, if it were about race, you would certainly see it in the protest signs.

But you don't, do you? That's because it is about the president's policies and actions, not his skin color.

Jane Davis

Hagerstown




Fresh Air Fund forges long-lasting relationship



To the editor:

I recently read the letter to the editor by Jenny Morgenthau, executive director of the Fresh Air Fund ("Fresh Air Fund seeks Franklin Co. volunteers," Wednesday, Sept. 16, page A4).

I would like to encourage families to consider hosting a child from New York City, as my family did 30 years ago. The mothers of these young children are eager for their children to experience life outside of the city for two weeks in the summer.

Some of these children have never walked barefoot in the grass, held a kitten or puppy, ridden a bicycle or even ridden in a car. All you need to do is include the child as one of your family - it is as simple as that.

Luis came to visit our family for five summers. We have many fond memories of playing and working together and learning about life in the city, which was a type of cross-culture experience that my young children would not have learned otherwise.

I kept in contact with Luis, and about five years ago, he brought his family for a visit to show his children around the farm. He calls me Mom, and I cherish our relationship.

Joanne Priest

Waynesboro, Pa.

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