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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 17

February 17, 2011

Radio station did the best it could during snow storm

To the editor:


I must respond to the letter from Amy Newlin on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in The Herald-Mail, berating the local electronic media for their lack of what she termed “valuable news” while she was stranded in her car on the east side of South Mountain on Interstate 70. This occurred during the snow storm of Jan. 26.

I sympathize with her frustration from being in that situation. However, there would have been little that the local radio stations could have told her other than there had been a tractor-trailer accident that blocked all lanes of I-70 going west, and tractor-trailers were stuck in both lanes heading eastbound.

This information was broadcast on WJEJ radio. We got our information from folks who were in the same situation as she, and were thoughtful enough to let others know what was going on by calling the station on their cell phones.

That’s about as much as a local radio station can do in that circumstance. Non-metropolitan radio stations do not have the financial capability to have a dozen reporters to stand out on the roads and tell us it’s snowing and there could be accidents, and we sure couldn’t afford a helicopter.

Perhaps the next time you’re stuck in traffic on either side of South Mountain, and you see traffic stopped in front of you for miles, please know that people from the State Highway department and Maryland State Police troopers are out in that weather working to make it possible for you to get home. Call the radio station and tell them your situation. They’ll try to get some information for you.

John T. Staub
WJEJ radio station
Hagerstown


Two letters are merely right-wing scare tactics

To the editor:

In response to letters on consecutive days, “Democrats, media jump to conclusions in Arizona shootings” and “Repeal Obamacare.”

Mr. Weddle, we get your intent. You don’t like Obama personally, or his policies.

In response to Al Eisner’s letter, the correct terminology of the bill is The Affordable Health Care Act. Obamacare is an attempt to demonize this bill, much in the way “Socialist, terrorist Muslim” were used endlessly and ultimately unsuccessfully in the 2008 campaign.

The GOP effort, and I use this term loosely, to repeal this bill, is nothing more than a symbolic futile waste of Congress’ time and the taxpayers’ money, yet for whatever self-serving reasons, they choose to continue.

The simple fact is this, they don’t have the votes in the Senate. Much like the effort to impeach President Clinton in 1998, the right-wingers knew it then and sadly they know it now.

To quote Henry Thoreau, “Once is philosophy, twice is perversion.”

Eisner’s statement, “If the Senate should also move to repeal” reminds me of an old saying: If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a bicycle.

I find it ironic that the right-wing scare tactics, “Socialism, death panel, government takeover, job-killing” have proven to be false. A quick look at the page directly opposite your letter has a story headlined, “Strong opposition to health care law dwindles, poll shows.” I think this headline speaks for itself.

Thomas H. Rockwell
Hagerstown


Applause is in order for Potomac Playmakers

To the editor:


Applause, applause should be the reaction to Hagerstown’s own theater troupe, Potomac Playmakers, and its show “Forbidden Broadway.”

Ruth Ridenour’s company of talented actors/musician brought down the house at a recent Sunday matinee performance of this wild and wacky spoof of the Great White Way’s famous singers and dancers.

The show not only moved rapidly along, but provided a wonderful respite from the dreary January of snow on snow. The cast and crew opened with a rousing take-off on “Chicago” and never let the tempo drop for the next hour and a half.

Show-stopping numbers from “Annie,” “Hello Dolly,” “West Side Story,” “Wicked,” and Les Miserables,” provided laughter, applause and more of the same through Act 2.

Seasoned performers Lynn Rial, Cinnamon Rowland, Andre Brown and Zac Burger were especially sparkling in their singing and dancing routines as “Annie,” Ethel Merman, “Cats,” and Liza Minnelli. The entire ensemble rounded out the show with a clever spoof of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Pianist Cara Price worked feverishly to keep the tempo and musical volume flowing. The setting was typical show biz backdrops with effective lighting and minimal props. Costumes were wildly colorful and exaggerated for comical impact.

All of Washington County should be proud of our own community theater troupe, which is celebrating its 85th season.

Additional information can be found at www.potomacplaymakers.com or by calling 301-797-8182.

Blanton Croft
Hagerstown

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