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Letters to the Editor (11/8)

November 07, 2009

Allowing developers to not pay their share is a mistake



To the editor:

Joe Lane's column on the Nov. 1 Opinion page ("County has wrong fix for housing woes," page A8) is a must-read for all citizens concerned about growth in Washington County.

As Lane points out, the Washington County Commissioners have or intend to no longer require developers to pay their share for roads and schools. At this point in time, we do not need to give developers any incentives to build more houses. The market is flooded with houses for sale that are not being sold. Most everyone has some knowledge of supply and demand. I feel to increase the number of houses for sale would decrease the value of all houses regardless if they are for sale now or would be in the future.

Lane understands the issue of growth more so than I, and therefore, I will not put words in his mouth. As one taxpayer, I will go on record and say allowing these developers to get away without paying their share is a mistake.

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Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg




When free speech dies, so does America as we know it



To the editor:

This is a response to the letter "Hatemongers abuse freedom of speech" in the Friday, Oct. 30, edition of The Herald-Mail.

The writer starts off suggesting that a number of conservative radio/TV personalities be silenced for their opinions, calling it hatemonger speech. Does the writer not recognize that silencing the voice of political dissent by those in power is what happens in a dictatorship - is that what she really wants that for our country?

To be credible, the writer needs to be more specific about some of these "incredible lies" that people are too lazy to check the facts on. Just who are the "greedy right wingers" they are making richer by their "dirty work"? The letter is full of wild generalities and woefully short on any specifics.

The "hatemongers" she mentions (Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, and so forth) have been widely using faces and voices of the people they speak out against to back what they say and support their opinion. Beck is especially good at "connecting the dots" between the various players who surround the White House and their connections to liberal extremists and organizations past and present (ACORN, Van Jones, Kevin Jennings, etc.). Beck has issued a standing invitation, as did the other personalities, to call or come on their shows and refute what they are saying. Very few accept the challenge.

When our forefathers made sure that free speech was protected, they did not imagine that an element would rise up and try to suppress or silence free speech just because it disagreed with or pointed out abuses within the government. When free speech dies, so does America as we know it.

Sylvia Shives
Hagerstown




Pleasure of reading is a treasure that will last a lifetime



To the editor:

Samuel S. Cuthbert hit the nail squarely on the head in his letter to the editor on Sunday, Nov. 1 ("Education has always been the path through the wilderness," page A9). It should be required reading for all TEA Party demonstrators, etc.

I would like to issue a challenge to all Americans to go to their local library (it's free) and actually read and study the writings of our great American forebears.

Personally, I did not have the luxury of a college education, but for the last 57 years, I have been a nonstop reader of anything and everything. My granddaughter, at age 4, read the dictionary under the bed covers with a flashlight. My father, an avid sports fan, sat in his easy chair with one eye on the television and the other in a book. Guess it runs in the family.

Our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, was self-educated. He would walk miles and miles in any kind of weather at a very young age to get his hands on a book, and then read it over and over.

Parents, please take away the violent video games and teach your children the great pleasure of reading. It's a treasure that will last a lifetime.

Cuthbert is right. America is at risk of losing its identity through the political demagoguery of those who prey on the "uneducated."

Ellen Mullenix
McConnellsburg, Pa.




Home health care professionals make a difference every day



To the editor:

When you are sick, where would you rather be treated?

Most of us would prefer the security and comfort of our own home. More than 11 million Americans agree with you, which is why WVU Hospitals-East Home Health Care is celebrating National Home Care Month in November.

Home health care provides an excellent option when patients are in need of skilled care after discharge from a health care facility. Home care saves the United States and commercial health insurers billions of health care dollars each year. There is no more cost-effective provider of health care in our country.

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