Letters to the Editor - Feb. 13

February 13, 2011

Smithsburg committed to recycling, doing what’s best for town

To the editor:

I would like to again thank those residents who attended the public hearing or contacted the Smithsburg Town Hall to share their thoughts and ask questions about the mayor and council’s pending action as it relates to trash services for the residents of Smithsburg. As a member of the council, I can say that your thoughts and questions will be taken into consideration as I deliberate with my other council members on the options presented to our residents.

I would like to share some of the important information that was discussed. If either of the proposed options are approved, the Town of Smithsburg could save nearly $15,000 from its current budgeted trash expense or households will see a reduction in citizen’s trash cost burden from $15.74 a month to $13 a month with the recycling container included in the monthly total. No out-of-pocket expense will be occurred by residents for the use of the bins.

In addition, residents will have an opportunity to select from larger bins to smaller bins based on their individual preference. While the cost of recycling is a portion of each resident’s tax burden to the town, participation in the recycling program is voluntary. However, with mass participation, residents will be helping to keep long-term trash/recycling costs stable and will ensure that our community will be doing its part to help save space at the landfill.

In regard to the proposed reduction of yard waste collection services, I along with the mayor and council will work to find the most cost-effective program that can accommodate those residents who use this service. To date, however, the cost of the program doesn’t match the participation levels in its current format. The council has had preliminary discussions on augmentations to the yard waste service that could alleviate some of the issues surrounding early spring and fall pick-ups.

I encourage residents to continue to share their thoughts and input on this matter and encourage residents to attend the next mayor and council meeting on March 1, if they would like to share their thoughts. The success of these services being considered can only succeed if all residents are educated, involved and willing to embrace change.   
Donnie Souders Jr.
vice president
Smithsburg Town Council

Real acts of love never fail to make others happy

To the editor:

I love everything about Valentine’s Day. The celebration comes at the right time as far as I am concerned, because I have gotten over eating all the holiday food from Christmas and the New Year.
I adore the hearts, the flowers and having a reason for making something fun to give my family and friends. With the dreary weather we often get in February, Valentine’s Day can lift the spirits and be the perfect excuse to indulge in chocolates.

This year I’d like something a little different though. No, I am not crazy enough to ask for world peace on Valentine’s Day, but I do believe we need more to remember the moment by. After all, flowers will wither, as does the sweet taste of candy or a dinner out on the town. I think this year I would like a more honest approach to Valentine’s Day. With all the big red and pink hearts plastered in every store in town, shouldn’t it be about celebrating real love?

The Bible says that love is patient, kind, does not envy or boast. It is not rude, (I would really like to have that verse plastered on a bumper sticker) or self-seeking, not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Besides these and many more qualities of love, the scriptures sum it up by saying, “Love never fails” (I Corinthians 13:4-8).

Imagine if we actually treated the people we are supposed to love this way. We would never need to give cards, flowers or candy because those gifts would be nothing compared to all that love really is and should be.  

Love, you don’t have to wrap it up in anything fancy one day a year, because real acts of love never fail to make others happy.

Kate Prado

Smith House demolition is a depressing sign of the times

To the editor:

This is in regards to the MMP&W Fire Department of Mercersburg (Pa.) intentions to tear down the William Smith house on Monday morning, Feb. 7.

Once again our history is being sacrificed, and at what cost and for what? Other countries — England, Ireland, France, Russia, even troubled Eygpt and others — preserve their history for their people, and therefore those people have a sense of who they are — English, Irish, French, Russian, etc., with their history to be seen by all.

What is the legacy we leave our children? A history and sense of self that is housing developments, banks, malls, and let’s not forget parking lots. Think about it, how will this sound in the future: “Here is the mall where there was a great sale in 2011” instead of “here is the William Smith house, where the Pennsylvania colonists came together to strike a blow against British tyranny in the 1760s.” I ask you your opinion, which sounds better?

At this rate, sooner or later we’ll turn George Washington’s Mount Vernon into another shopping mall.

Joseph DiMaggio

Older people deserve respect and consideration

To the editor:

I want to write a few lines to those who find it hard to give friendly feelings to older folk. We know we are not pretty anymore, we know we are not as active as we used to be.

You need to remember we kept a house clean, and worked another job, but we were there for you when you had problems. Teaching comes from schools and teaching comes from the hearts of parents and families.

We have given and in some cases still are without complaint, but willingly, lovingly, old and wrinkled we may be, but we have knowledge learned from experiencing negative and positive things. We laughed, we cried, we won, we lost, we were lifted up, and we were thrown down. Hatred in others caused us to love more.

As we rock in our chairs and reminisce, tears will fall, and smiles will come. We are thankful for our lives because somewhere along the way we encouraged, we understood, we sympathized, helped and prayed for, and all these things come back to us.

Young ones, you might observe the good in us, and ignore the wrinkles. We have changed on the outside, but our hearts still love and care for you.

Frances Moats

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