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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 4

February 03, 2011

We owe our loyalty to our 'soldiers' at home

To the editor:

The men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who gave their lives in wars abroad such as World War II and in succeeding efforts at war did so in hopes of preserving their homes and precious families back home in the USA.

But we owe our complete loyalty also to our "soldiers" at home, the men and women in all of the nation's law enforcement agencies of our towns, cities, states and federal agencies.

While our soldiers are making ultimate sacrifices abroad, so are our cops back home here, in their efforts to preserve those homes, and those families, those little children, those wives, those husbands, those dads, those moms who sometimes hang a flag with a single star in their front windows.

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Steve P. Bryan

 

Hagerstown

Quarry won't be worthwhile for Gerrardstown

To the editor:

I am deeply troubled by the approval of mining permits by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the industrial shale quarry on North Mountain in Gerrardstown, W.Va. 

This established, vibrant residential community is a great asset to the state. Tourists, visitors and residents find the picturesque historic village of Gerrardstown to be a desirable destination.

West Virginia has a history of ignoring citizens' legitimate concerns when it comes to the environment and quality-of-life issues. I am saddened that elected leaders are so willing to open their arms to "mining" at this inappropriate location.

Thousands of Berkeley County citizens have gone on public record that they do not want this destructive and polluting industry at this particular location, whether it will be small or large. It opens the door to mining at a location that is not suitable. I do not think Continental Brick would spend almost $3 million for a couple of shovelfuls of shale that will supposedly leave a "minimal and temporary impact" from the perspective of the DEP.

Why have our local elected officials representing the Panhandle not put efforts into changing our laws to protect historic residential communities, our water and air, property values, etc.?

Mining is important and necessary to our state, but in the proper location. Those of us who have witnessed mining up close are extremely frightened by the detrimental and continual everlasting negative effects mining leaves behind in residential communities

History and time will record the outcome here, but if our fears and that of experts are correct, it will be too late for another West Virginia community. I do not think Berkeley County or our citizens will have gained anything worthwhile in this venture.

Kelly Miller 

 

Gerrardstown, W.Va.

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