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Letters to the Editor

May 20, 2010

We must promote renewable energy sources



To the editor:

An open letter to President Obama, U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin, and U.S. Reps. Frank M. Kratovil Jr., C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Roscoe Bartlett, Elijah E. Cummings and Chris Van Hollen Jr.

I believe that offshore drilling is a major mistake. We need to promote renewable energy such as solar and wind power. This must be done by making solar energy available to every homeowner and landlord in the U.S.

I am aware that there are grants and rebates available for converting to renewable energy, but more needs to be done. We need to have major resources available to companies to promote more expeditious and less expensive manufacturing techniques.

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If people were to create their own power, we could also have truly green cars. Sorry, but I don't believe that an electric car is any better than a gasoline- or ethanol-powered car. This idea that an electric car is green is a total farce made to appease the people who are gullible enough to believe it. Even if you don't believe in global warming, what about the health issues, not just for us, but all life on Earth?

I know this letter will never reach the hands of the president or any of the aforementioned congressmen. It will end up on an aide's desk and I will receive a form letter that will appease me by telling me what you think I might want to hear. But it sure would be nice if they stopped and listened once in a while.

What ever happened to by the people, for the people? Oh yeah, it turned into by the greediest, for the greediest.

Kevin Crist
Sharpsburg




Obama is unaware of his own hypocrisy



To the editor:

The headline on page A1 of the Saturday, May 15, edition of The Herald-Mail, "Obama blasts finger-pointing over oil spill," simply amazes me.

The guy who constantly points his fingers at Bush and the Republicans, who is supported by sycophants who cannot seem to mount an argument that does not start with "The failed policies ..." or "Bush/Chaney," getting disgusted by finger-pointing to dodge responsibility.

The thing with Obama is he's serious. He only sees this behavior in others. He is blissfully unaware of his own raging hypocrisy.

The people who scare me the most are those who are oblivious of their own ineptitude and faults. In today's political arena, there are certainly enough of them to go around.

Ronald F. Moats
Keedysville




Science and technology fair was a big success



To the editor:

I am writing on behalf of the Franklin Science Council, the organizers of the yearly Franklin Science and Technology Fair. We would like to thank everyone who made the 2010 fair a triumph.

This year was our 28th year and it continues to be a marvelous event that provides kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Franklin County an opportunity to present a science project of their own independent research for display and judging.

It would not be possible to organize and provide this fair without the many benefactors of time and money. The list of supporters is expansive and includes businesses, medical practices, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and individuals.

This fair would not be possible without the students' hard work and research. Parental and teacher support are indispensable to each student and the fair's success. We would like to particularly mention the wonderful custodial and kitchen staff at Chambersburg Area Middle School for their hard work and assistance. We also appreciate the Retired Teachers Association volunteers who run our registration tables each year.

We are already making preparations for the 29th annual fair. Mark your calendars for April 8 and 9, 2011. We are excited to try a new schedule. It will be a two-day fair with awards being presented Saturday at 4 p.m.

Mary Ellen Moore
Franklin Science Council
Chambersburg, Pa.

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