Letters to the Editor

October 06, 2009

County does its share when it comes to inmates

To the editor:

The "not in my neighborhood" mind-set of those who protest the proposed Hagerstown halfway house for federal prison inmates from the Martinsburg, W.Va., area troubles me.

Nevertheless, I do agree that Washington County, with its three Maryland state prisons (and so many inmates that these prisons have their own ZIP code - 21746), already does more than its fair share.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Citizens group opposes excise tax changes

To the editor:

Citizens For Protection of Washington County remains adamantly opposed to any changes in the county's building excise tax ordinance at this time.


Before contemplating change, please consider the time, effort and expense involved in getting the present ordinance written and approved and the potential revenue the county lost while everyone was bickering about how it should be done.

Please consider also that foreclosures are presently running rampant and that there is a glut of unsold housing on the market. Under these circumstances, is it fair and reasonable for the county to encourage new construction?

Such a measure might bring back a few jobs, but wouldn't this additional competition be a kick in the teeth for those who desperately need to sell their existing homes in order to avoid foreclosure? And how many of these recovered jobs would go to local people? If you had driven around building sites during the past few years, you would have seen a majority of the construction vehicles bearing names of companies from outside Washington County.

Think of all county residents, not just the developers and construction workers. The county cannot afford to give tax breaks to everyone who is hurting in this slumping economy. Therefore, we believe it would be very unfair to give a tax break only to developers.

James N. Laird
Citizens For Protection of Washington County

Citizenship law needs to be reversed

To the editor:

To U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster - as I am sure that you are aware, the interpretation that "a person born in the USA becomes a citizen" - this interpretation needs to be reversed by law.

Please lend all of your support to make this significant change in the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

We are undergoing an invasion that allows families to stay in the USA once an "anchor baby" is born here.

I look forward to your response to this proposal.

John H. Pilla
Fayetteville, Pa.

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