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Letters to the Editor

July 15, 2010

Public needs to do its homework on candidates



To the editor:

My experience in Washington County politics and observing beyond the borders of Washington County has taught me several things when it comes to elected officials.

One thing that stands out is at least 50 percent of elected officials possess no more character than the average citizen. Thankfully, there are some men and women who can be labeled statesmen.

As we move toward an election in September and another in November, the public has an obligation to do its homework and select officials whose prior deeds indicate they are a notch above the rest.

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An opportunity to observe the candidates for county commissioner and sheriff and ask them questions will occur Wednesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Brownsville Church of the Brethren on Md. 67 south of Brownsville. My understanding is all are welcome.

This election in 2010 appears more important than past elections. The downturn in the economy has a bearing on almost all forms of life in our county from business to education to recreation to agriculture.

Unfortunately, this downturn has an effect on home life in many families, although their are those who would deny this fact.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg




Support of Bike & Build students is appreciated



To the editor:

On behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, I wish to express our sincere appreciation to our community for the recent outpouring of generosity when we hosted the Bike & Build students in late June.

Thirty-one college students came to Chambersburg from Harrisburg, on bicycles, to work on two of our Habitat homes. Together, they contributed labor the equivalent of one person working full time for six and a half weeks. What an accomplishment.

Several area businesses and organizations assisted us by providing lodging and meals for the students. Specifically, we thank Maranatha Ministries for opening up its cold-weather drop-in shelter for the students to sleep in. We also thank the following for providing food and meals - Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Food Lion in Waynesboro, Franklin County Farm Women (led by Carolyn Bricker) and Hoss' Steak & Sea House in Chambersburg.

Habitat exists to pair and share the power of volunteer labor with generous financial gifts. Many thanks to our Franklin County friends for working together to strengthen our community.

Mark D. Story, M.S.
executive director
Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County

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