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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 7

February 06, 2011

What happens on a ship doesn't stay on the ship

To the editor:

This is a response to the letter to the editor "Hijinks on high seas isn't unusual" by Don Muffley in the Feb. 1 edition of The Herald-Mail.

Hazing in all branches of service has been gone for a long time. Traditional military ceremonies like crossing the international date line do not happen anymore. People have more things to do on carriers these days than just eat, sleep and stand watch. We do get satellite TV and up-to-date movies to show. We in the H-Division played cards and did many other things together.

One of the great traditions was when someone earns their Surface Warfare or Aviation Warfare Device, you had a pinning ceremony. This was done by placing the pin on your uniform and punching it in by the commanding officer and your fellow shipmates who have earned it. This is no longer done because it is considered hazing.

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When I was on the USS Saratoga CV-60 in 1993-94, the executive officer never would have considered behaving in this manner. The position he is in would be in bad conduct and could influence others to behave in that manner and believe it is OK.

Capt. Honors knew better and he still behaved that way. He has disciplined many who have behaved in such a matter that brought dishonor to the military. When you have 5,000 to 6,000-plus men and women on your ship, you must hold yourself up to honor, courage and commitment. These are the values of the U.S. Navy and no one is exempt from them.

What happens on a ship does not stay on the ship. We are in the limelight every day and we must behave that way every day.

Ronnie D. Hooten

Hagerstown

So what's the right information about jobs?

To the editor:

Scripps Howard News Service columnist Jay Ambrose wrote in a column published Saturday, Jan. 29 ("One last time, business is not the enemy, page A4), without any supporting data, "Outsourcing jobs saves money that businesses can spend on new job-creating investments. More wealth is created by businesses getting along with fewer people ..."

On the facing page is a story with the headline, "Economy gains, but jobs lag."

Does anybody notice a disconnect here?

Burr Loomis 

Chambersburg, Pa.

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