Letters to the Editor - Jan. 5

January 04, 2011

Antietam bridge is much appreciated

To the editor:

My family and I would like to commend work crews for the recent renovation of the bridge over the Antietam Creek on Harpers Ferry Road.

It is beautiful. They did excellent work. It is the only four-arch stone bridge in the county. The project took six months to complete.

My father, Lloyd Crampton, made it part of his day, every day, to ride down to the bridge and view the progress.

He would make sure to visit only on break time and at lunch.

He enjoyed conversing with all the workers, who were very kind to him. The bridge was quite a big deal to us because we live on direct opposite sides. Any time we traveled to my parents’ house, it required an entire round trip of approximately 14 miles. It was especially difficult because both of my parents are in there 80s and have some health problems.

On Dec. 23, the bridge opened and my dad was the first to drive his car over to our house on the other side. This seemed appropriate because he watched the whole process unfold.

Thank you again to all the workers who were involved with the bridge renovation.
Jeanne Ecton

Vick deserves another chance, but not another dog

To the editor:

President Obama recently phoned the Philadelphia Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, and commended him for giving Michael Vick a second chance. According to reports, Lurie said Mr. Obama was “passionate about it,” adding that the president said “it’s never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.”

Now Vick says he wants another dog.

Society would never allow a child molester or a very violent person to adopt a vulnerable child, so we should never be in favor of allowing as severe an animal abuser as Vick is to adopt a vulnerable animal.

Michael Vick has admitted to forcing dogs to fight to the death, and being responsible for the hanging, shooting and drowning of gentle dogs who were unwilling to fight. That was his way of punishing an innocent being who did not live up to his expectations or demands.

It would be far too dangerous to trust a vulnerable dog with him should he lose his temper, because the puppy or dog did not follow orders or displeased him.

Our responsibility as animal guardians is to protect other species, not purposely put them in harm's way.

When Vick throws a football thousands cheer. That has to be enough.


Leave the animals alone.

Cory Ferguson
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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