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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 16

January 14, 2011

Washington County Sports Hall of Fame deserves thumbs up

To the editor:

Who has recognized 147 athletes from Washington County high schools, colleges, amateurs, professionals and semi-professionals since 1986?

Who has recognized and given Washington County civic awards to 57 lifesavers, policemen, firefighters, educators, community volunteers, military, elected officials and Citizens of the Year since 2002?

Who has recognized and presented athletic scholarship funds to 105 male and female student-athletes in our county from public, private and parochial high schools in the last 20 years?

Approximately 4,000 family members, friends, government representatives, clergy, business people and corporate personnel have attended these presentations at various locations in our city and county over the last two decades.

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The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame deserves a thumbs up, congratulations or thank you for such an annual banquet endeavor. Not just for appreciating sports participants, but because of the thousands of dollars raised yearly from our businesses, civic organizations, fundraisers and outright donations. This money goes yearly to eight to 12 academic-athletic high school youths to further their education at a college or university of their choice.

With the economy at the level of recession/depression now, these young men and women need every small or large financial contribution they can receive. Whether you donate a dollar or a $1,000 scholarship in your name, you are fostering our graduates through the college level for even greater academic/career success than they have achieved in sports/athletics.

Please help the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors to continue its recognition and high expectations for our youths by your financial assistance or your support for its summer banquet.

Thank you, one and all, for your past support for this worthy community project to further individual educational pursuits in their future.

The help the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame in any way, call Greg Delauney at 240-675-1228 or Rick Schultz at 301-790-3399.

James H. Hardin

 

Hagerstown

How do we get back the freedom we gave away?

To the editor:

I read with interest Art Callaham's opinion piece "Who should have more power: Washington or Annapolis?" (Sunday, Jan. 9, page A8).

Alexis de Tocqueville, in his journal "Journey To America (1831-32)," wrote that what baffled him was understanding how American independence and individualism, with no central direction such as dominated French life, could manage to coalesce into a unity.

De Tocqueville was struck by the spectacle of a society going forward all by itself, without guide or support, by the single fact of the concurrence of individual wills. In France, even the most minor local decisions were made in Paris. In the U.S., on the other hand, the federal government legislated for the whole country, but left administration and enforcement to the states and localities. French communes or townships, he said, kept superb records, but vegetated in "invincible apathy," whereas in America, townships were "enlightened, active, and enterprising, and I see there a society always at work."

However, Tocqueville also anticipated the swelling of central power and the decline of community that so many later writers have lamented. He saw the causes as deeply rooted in the nature of American society, and indeed of democracy in general. The communal efforts that were necessary in a primitive subsistence economy would inevitably lose their relevance, except as nostalgic myth, in an industrial age. He thought that the time would come when men would be less and less able to produce, by themselves, the commonest necessities of life. He predicted that the task of the social power would increase endlessly, and its very efforts would make that task bigger through time. The more it takes the place of associations, the more individuals will lose the idea of associating and will need its assistance. These causes and effects engender each other without end.

I believe it all has to do with human nature. Man is a social animal. He is gregarious and he is a control freak. He has an ingrained propensity to dominate.

Someone famous said, "No one can take our freedom from us. We will have to give it away." I think we might have done just that. The question now is, how do we get it back?

John Cable

 

Hagerstown

Democrats, media jump to conclusions in Arizona shootings

To the editor:

Rahm Emanuel said never let a crisis go to waste, and today, the Democrats and liberal media are doing just that with the shootings in Arizona.

Minutes after the shootings, liberals started the unsupportable slander by trying to blame Sarah Palin and talk radio for the actions of a lone person with a gun who murdered innocent people.

For nearly a week, the liberal media has done its best to try and convince the voters that a campaign ad with gun sights was the cause of the shooting. This despite the fact the evidence emerging shows the shooter had a grudge against U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for years, and the breaking point came when she voted against Nancy Pelosi for minority leader.

Friends of the shooter have come forward and said he did not listen to talk radio and did not watch the news, yet this does not stop Democrats and the liberal media from continuing their attack on those who oppose their agenda.

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik commented shortly after the shooting how talk radio and the "hate" for government could have been a reason for the shooting, yet he could not and has not presented any evidence to support his statement.

Fortunately, the liberals' game plan does not appear to be working. CBS released a poll where 57 percent of the voters do not believe the political tone had anything to do with the shooting.

Now, Democrats are pushing for more gun laws, the banning of "symbols" in campaign ads and talking about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. Yes, Democrats cannot allow a crisis to go to waste and they will try to enact their agenda despite the election results of Nov. 2, 2010.

Finally, I am reminded how the liberal media and Democrats told us after the Fort Hood shooting not to jump to conclusions about the motive of the shooting. Now, it is acceptable to jump to conclusions to blame those opposed to the Democrats' agenda for the last two years for the shootings in Arizona regardless of what the facts are.

Terry Weddle

 

Fayetteville, Pa.

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