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Letters to the Editor

September 12, 2010

Change is coming whether you want it or not



To the editor:

On several occasions, Glenn Beck has asserted that the phrase "social justice" is code for Marxist, Communist and/or Nazi. And most tea party members are in agreement.

As I read and hear many of the messages coming from Beck and the tea party, I hear another phrase being used that I believe is code. That phrase is "taking America back." My question is this: Whom, what and/or where do they want to take the country back to, or is it from?

Do they want to take the country back 50, 75 or 100 years? Do they want to take the country back from the liberal party or maybe the black president? Do they want to take the country back to pre-civil rights days? Do they want to take it back from those of African descent, Latinos, Asians and Middle Easterns? Do they want to take it back to a time when women and minorities could not vote?

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Could it be that you want to take it back from anyone who doesn't look, think, talk or act like you? I doubt if most of you know where you want to take the country back to.

The problem with most who want to go back is that they see the fabric of this nation changing, where soon you will no longer be the majority (race). Your greatest problem is fear. Fear that you will no longer be in control. This started when we elected President Obama.

The train to the future is moving. If you don't want to go along, get off or get out of the way. If you plan on going along with the rest of mankind, hold on, change is coming whether you want it or not.

This nation is going forward, not back.

Raymond Young
Hagerstown




American Legion Post 42 is a city treasure



To the editor:

I recently hosted a gathering and used Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown for my party.

This charming old building is like opening the pages of a history book and stepping back in time. One can almost imagine the many people who have walked the halls in years past, enjoying the fresh mountain air as they came together in the big house on the hill creating their own memories.

The comfort of Post 42 is made all the cozier by the wonderful food they dish up and an old-fashioned business style of giving good service. Those who run the American Legion make it easy to want to patronize this lovely place again and again.

I hope progress will never destroy this grand building and people will somehow help to preserve this meeting place for our American veterans. For all of the memories tucked within the walls and every business it has ever housed, it truly is a treasure to our city.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown

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