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Letters to the Editor

September 03, 2010

Group serves as city's musical ambassadors



To the editor:

Music is an important part of my life. I sing in my church choir, also solos in church and other places, like nursing homes.

I've also been singing with the Hagerstown Choral Arts Inc., a nonprofit group of 50 professional singers, for 17 years, performing in Hagerstown and surrounding communities. We have a working relationship with Washington County Public Schools music program and often perform with the young talent in our schools. Our director Gregory Shook is highly regarded as the best by his peers. He is very good in selecting the music and musicians to work with when we perform. I am surprised that we are not known by many of our citizens, after so many years. The problem is, we work on a very tight budget and don't have the money to advertise like we should. However, we do enjoy what we do and will continue, but we would like to do more.

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We would like to be able to perform in Baltimore, Washington and surrounding cities. We could be ambassadors for Hagerstown in this musical art form if we had the money it takes. We sing classical; we sing Broadway and Pops along with spiritual selections. If funds were available, we could even perform in our sister city, Wesel, Germany. Wouldn't that be something special?

I've read about wealthy individuals donating funds to something as a legacy for them. This is very possible. So, if someone reading this would like to discuss the possibility of such a gift, call me. Your love for music would live on for years, with such a worthy gift. It would legally be put in place with complete transparency of our organization with restraints on how the funds are used. For example, if I were wealthy enough to do this, I think I would consider doing it, because I love music and I think it's a good art form to promote.

Our music is enjoyed by all age groups, and we would enjoy representing our city in this musical art form.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown




Munson supported new barrack, crime lab



To the editor:

Del. Christopher B. Shank would have you believe that he is somehow a champion in the fight against illegal immigration. Nothing could be further from the truth.

State Sen. Donald F. Munson voted to fund a new Maryland State Police barrack and Western Maryland Crime Lab right here in Hagerstown.

Munson also voted to fund Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith and our state's attorney's office to give them the resources needed to combat gang activity, which many times is associated with illegal immigration.

Shank voted against the budget that included funding for those local projects and efforts.

Del. John P. Donoghue
Subdistrict 2C

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