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Letters to the Editor

May 01, 2010

Atlee Kepler left an indelible mark on many



To the editor:

I am writing today to express what cannot be captured in a newspaper article about the passing of Dr. Atlee Kepler. Forty years ago, I met Dr. Kepler in my hiring interview. While sitting with him, I knew I was in the presence of a very special man.

Over the years I had the honor to serve under his leadership, I found him to be a selfless person who was professional, yet always personally interested in the individuals he hired. Early on in my service, I came to realize that Dr. Atlee Kepler was building not only a college but a close family who would work together with a sense of integrity, kindness, compassion, purpose and respect for one another. He set the example for that in his own personal propriety and decorum.

In writing the history of the college, which took nearly two years, I found that he was a radical nonconformist. Far beyond his years in progressive thought, he was trying to establish the college in a climate which was unwelcoming to higher education. Acutely perceptive, gracious and socially skilled, he was able to form an extraordinary collaboration with Superintendent of Washington County Schools, William Brish. He, Brish, along with an impassioned early staff and faculty led by Mable Walter, forged a missionary message about the value of the college to the community. Inspired for the "common good," they were not bound by the local cultural norms which surrounded them but were convicted about a transforming noble purpose which drove their efforts. This perseverance, imparting the vision of exceptional possibilities and opportunities this college could offer the people in our area, was convincing even to the local political and business leaders.

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He was a visionary with determination. His personal warmth enabled him to share that contagious enthusiasm in a fashion through which he recruited many talented people to serve in every area of the college's mission. With his quiet charisma, the work ethic he demonstrated became the expectation to 'go beyond' in all you do to serve our students and community. This ethic has endured through the thousands of employees who have worked at the college through its 64-year history. These principled standards formed a strong foundation of substantive service and accomplishment as testimony to our sincere commitment to our students and citizenry. It has also transformed the lives of tens of thousands of students, the local culture and public opinion.

To Dr. Kepler, education was a "calling" on his life. He was able to inspire others to accept that "calling." The dedication to a worthy purpose pervades the college today. It is the underpinning of what we do each day. The torch is passed to us with the legacy of Dr. Atlee Kepler shining brightly in its light.

I am personally touched and thankful beyond measure to have received that "call" and for the blessing of working with President Atlee Kepler and the blessings he gave all of us. He will remain a very special man in all of our hearts.

Vaughn Crowl, Ph.D.
professor of psychology
Hagerstown Community College




Writer sends a thank you for thank-you letter



To the editor:

I just want to make reference to a letter published in the Opinion column, Sunday, April 25, edition of the Herald-Mail.

The letter was written by Terry Weddle of Fayetteville, Pa., and extended many thanks to President Obama. I would like to add another thanks; thank you, Terry Weddle, for your excellent letter. Well said, very well said.

Pat Keyser
Hagerstown




The people of America deserve better from our leaders



To the editor:

I have listened with amused amazement as the United States Senate has called before them some of the wizards of Wall Street to point the finger of blame at regarding our recent financial meltdown. Our esteemed Congress has clearly decided that it was those practicing the art and science of capitalism that have by themselves maliciously, willingly and callously worked to destroy the American economy. It has become of great importance for Congress to assign absolute blame for our economic meltdown on anyone but themselves.

There is a premise in courts of equity that he whom seeks equity must come with clean hands. This means that if you feel that you have been hurt by the action of another person or entity and that it is your position that you have been harmed through no fault of your own, you may have a case to proceed and receive damages from the person or entity that has caused you harm.

On the other hand, if you have taken some action yourself that has contributed to your harm or if you have taken some action against the other person or entity that may have caused them some harm, you probably have no case and would have no standing to receive any damages from them.

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