Letters to the Editor - March 3

March 03, 2011

Arts school needs volunteers, monetary support

To the editor:

For seven years, the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. has been serving Washington County students and residents. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, we try to meet the needs of the community by offering a venue for professional artists and students.

However, the availability for arts education funding continues to be challenging in Hagers-town and Washington County.

Last year, we served more than 500 students, a day care, three private elementary schools, two public schools and several individual student exhibits. This past September we implemented student music classes in piano, guitar and saxophone. We also added a new homeschool art program as well as our Outreach Art Program at Girls Inc. Also we offer senior art classes.

We teach children art, from the basics in elementary art to the more advanced art skills.

Among many things, art is about building confidence in children and adults.

We are now appealing to the entire community, including the public and private sectors, to help to keep CSAGI’s doors open.

CSAGI is in need of volunteers and monetary help. If you’d like to help, contact me at Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc., 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md.

The school is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, e-mail Ron Lytle at

New board members include: Ron Lytle, president; Darrell Powell, vice president; Melody Minnick; treasurer, Fara Martin, secretary; James Ramsburg, after-school art director; Ande Frayser and David Heatwole; advisory; Michael Tyson, music director; Morgan Ballard, curator; Tom Segar, educational consultant; Ron Pride, graphic designer; co-chairmen of fundraising, Tom Riford, Al Martin and Joe Jefferies.
Ron Lytle

History spells out our love-hate affair with guns

To the editor:

A very brief history of guns in America: When Europeans first came to America, they saw a lot of really nice real estate; they quickly learned that their primitive guns were very effective in acquiring it.

They made more and better guns and more babies. Those babies grew up enamored of guns, acquired their own, took more land, improved the guns and made more babies.

When they had all the land from sea to shining sea, they made still more and better guns but the demand was greater than the supply so they imported guns. After a few wars they began to notice they were shooting each other too much so they made gun control laws which saved some lives but they soon realized that only the good guys were obeying the laws.

That left the bad guys free to shoot themselves and other people. They passed still more laws but the country was now awash with guns so many people thought that the only thing to do was buy or steal a gun, either one was easily done, and hope that their reflexes were good enough to get the drop on the bad guys.

In many places throughout the country, they could take their guns to parking lots, schools, churches and government buildings. A great many people rejoiced at the proliferation of guns.

Some organizations suggested that if every household had several guns and a few rocket propelled grenades it would then be possible to form a well-regulated militia for their protection. The people were enraged by terrorist attacks throughout the years but they never seemed to realize that they were killing themselves in greater numbers every day than the terrorists could.

Finally, the country was so inundated by guns that control of them became impossible. Throughout the country the age-old cry could be heard: America, love it or leave it.

Vance L. Creech

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