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Letters to the Editor

July 30, 2010

Citizens need freedom to arm themselves



To the editor:

I would like to comment on John Warner's letter published Saturday, July 24, on page A4.

Eliminating the Second Amendment would only strengthen the position of the criminal. The criminal will always get his gun in one way or another, thereby gaining more ground on the law-abiding citizen. Do you honestly believe that the criminal is going to obey any law and give up his guns?

Citizens need to have the freedom to arm themselves, and then we will be able to turn those numbers around to where there will be fewer law-abiding citizens killed by the criminal.

Remember that the criminals never worry about the law when they want to obtain weapons.

Paul Embly
Smithsburg




Weather manipulation should be stopped



To the editor:

Picture this: July 12, 7:30 p.m. --I'm doing chores around the farm, and I notice rain coming from the south and west, so I put the loader in the shed and head for the swing under a tree --light rain falling now. At 7:45 p.m. a plane is heard coming from the south, made a 180 degree turn and headed south again. By 8 p.m. the sun was shining bright again and no rain. The cloud seeders win again.

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It's hard to believe there are still people out there who laugh and don't believe it is possible to change the weather. For you nonbelievers, I suggest a trip on the Internet at californiaskywatch.com, agriculturedefensecoalition.org or the biggie -- the U.S. Air Force research paper "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025" and lots of other sites.

Weather manipulation in one area causes weather destruction in another area. These people should be stopped.

Dave Keadle
Boonsboro




Forum for discussing beliefs should continue



To the editor:

I respect Allan Powell as a longtime educator and historian and for his standing in the community. I totally disagree with a suggestion in a recent letter to the editor that he should be banned from the opinion page because of his so-called assaults on religion. If that is the case, should the many letter writers who continually support their religious beliefs in the opinion pages also be banned?

I do not think there is a war between believers and nonbelievers, and I think there should be a forum in the newspaper for a discussion of beliefs.

I would, however, suggest a restraint on the extent of the pro-religious discussions. I believe letters from religious writers vastly outnumber the Allan Powell columns.

Harold G. Martin
Waynesboro, Pa.

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