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Letters to the Editor - March 2

March 02, 2011

Bush was in the car, but the Democrats were driving
 
To the editor:


I’m getting a little tired of letters blaming President Bush for the problems this country is having. To set the record straight, the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress on Jan. 3, 2007.

At that time, the Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77, the GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent, and the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. President Bush’s economic policies had set a record of 52 months of job creation.

Remember that Jan. 3, 2007, was the day Barney Frank took over the House Financial Committee and Christopher Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown happened 15 months later in the banking and financial services.

You can thank the Democrats for taking us to this crisis by dumping $5 trillion to $6 trillion of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiascoes.

Who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? Obama and the Democratic Congress. So when someone tries to blame Bush, remember Jan. 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over.

Set the record straight. Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel. They were driving.

Place responsibility where it belongs. I rest my case.

F. William Stryker
Hagerstown


There’s no need to increase the election board’s budget
 
To the editor:


Why increase the budget of the Washington County Board of Elections?

  • The party of the sitting governor has the majority on the board 3 to 2
  • The chairperson is paid $4,500 a year and the other two are paid $4,000.
  • There are two alternate members; one of each party who are paid $75 for every board meeting (12 times a year). Changing them to full-time board members does not change the political composition of the board
  • In an election year, the alternate board members are paid an hourly wage on an as-needed basis.
How does making the two alternate members full time bring value to the county?  Pay $4,000 a year vs. $75 per meeting.  Pay $4,000 a year or pay an hourly wage during an election year as needed? You do the math.

As a former Election Board member, I can personally say the current system works well.

Marianne Schneider
Hagerstown


Primary season is approaching in Franklin Co.

To the editor:


Primary election season is fast approaching. Those interested in seeking office in the May 17 primary must circulate their nominating petitions between Feb. 15 and March 8. Contact the Franklin County Commissioners office for all the particulars.

Chambersburg has five wards. There is one council person up for re-election in all five wards.

Having lived in the Borough of Chambersburg for about 18 years I publicly call for someone to actively seek the council seat currently held by Ms. Sharon Bigler in the fourth ward. This is the section of Chambersburg where voters cast their ballots at either First Lutheran Church on West Washington Street or at the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church on North Main Street.

It is sad, down-right pathetic ... how this portion of the town has been allowed to deteriorate in the past 10 years or so. A number of properties has been vacant, actually abandoned for years. There are areas that have been allowed to accumulate large amounts of trash and rubbish.

Someone is needed on the council who will not just acknowledge the problems that have arisen in the fourth ward, but will actively do what is necessary to help correct them. Someone is needed who will go in person to see those problems first hand ... and set forth to get the problems solved.

While many wonderful things have happened in the county seat, Chambersburg ... in the past decade, not much of that “good” has manifested itself in the fourth ward.

Wade G. Burkholder
Greencastle, Pa.

Editor’s note:
The letter writer is a former resident of Chambersburg, Pa.


Don’t ‘yeah but’ about recycling – just do it
 
To the editor:


The recent Herald-Mail editorial on recycling in Washington County has much to do with attitudes by both local government and residents. As a resident, I recycle as much as I can but the green bins are near full everyday other than the day they are emptied. No wonder recyclables are left beside them. More bins are needed or they should be emptied more often.

I have observed the green bins at places where I shop and their use is enormous. Because of no education about their use, everything including the kitchen sink is left.

Paper, cardboard, metal, tires, plastic, yard waste, biofuels, carpet, electronics and wood can be recycled or reused. Research has shown what can be done using saw-grass or weeds for biofuel instead of corn. Plastic bags do not need oil to produce them as is done now. Any plant can make a plastic and it can be composted. Landfill use can be reduced to near zero using today’s research. Building heating can be solar with every roof being a solar collector because sunlight and sodium streetlights can power the units.

Government and residents say “yeah but” concerning the cost to implement it. “Yeah but” with the price of oil going up, people need to use new technology for the things we expect.

I hated the computer when it first appeared. However, when typing a paper and having to re-type it again because of sentence structure, now my computer and iPad are my friends. I don’t leave home without them.

Residents do recycle a lot more than the county or city government has let on. Can everyone say, “curb recycling together?”
 
Bill Pechumer
Hagerstown


Sharing fond memories of Clyde Roberts

To the editor:


I appreciate the articles that have appeared recently in the paper paying tribute to Mr. Clyde Roberts. I would like to do the same by giving another point of view that will be from one of his former students.

It was my good fortune to attend Mr. Roberts’ art classes the first year he came to Hagerstown. His love for art and his enthusiasm for life soon became an inspiration for me. There was never a doubt that his desire to help further one’s skills as an artist or to help students to discover the pleasures that art can bring into their life was for him a labor of love. The interest and concern that he had for his students extended far beyond the classroom’s walls and the ring of the dismissal bell. For instance, he enjoyed spending his Saturdays picking up as many students as his old ’46 Plymouth had room for to search for those scenes that would make the most wonderful watercolor paintings.

Mr. Roberts never missed an opportunity to seek ways to exhibit the art of his students and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts provided the greatest way to do that when they exhibited the art work from all the schools in the county. I also appreciate that the museum did not miss the opportunity to honor Mr. Roberts in its exhibit that highlights the great artwork that’s been acquired by Mr. Bruce Etchison for the museum’s permanent collection. Among those paintings, that included one by Norman Rockwell, will be one of Mr. Roberts’ watercolors.

There are many reasons that account for why our community is so fortunate to have such a great museum. One of those reasons is because of people like Mr. Roberts who has worked with museum directors and made the kind of contributions that have helped to fulfill the museum’s goals and its desire for excellence.

Whenever the class of ’50 invited teachers to their class reunions, Mr. Roberts and his wife, Janet, were always invited to be their guests for the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts honored the class with their presence when the class celebrated its 60th class reunion last September. That evening gave us one more time to look back and recall the wonderful year of 1950, the last year of our high school days and the first year of Mr. Roberts teaching career and the beginning of the impact that his life would have on our community.

Cadmus Hicks
Hagerstown

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