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Letters to the Editor - March 31

March 31, 2011

MSO concert a treat for those who appreciate classical music

To the editor:

This morning’s MSO concert report (March 21) which appeared on page A3 concluded with a few concert-goers who had no idea what the music was about, nor did they really care to know. Instead, they attended the concert because they wanted to attend the concert.

I’m sure if your reporter asked a few other people, they might have been able to explain how much they liked the music and that’s why they attend MSO concerts — to enjoy great classical music performed by inspired musicians and conducted by an astute conductor who is capable of producing such great music.

I attended this concert, and I must admit I know a great deal about classical music, but even if I didn’t have this knowledge base, I would have enjoyed this concert’s music because it was well-performed and conducted.

Ronald L. Ballard

Pellicano will be my choice for Franklin County Commissioner

To the editor:

Dan Pellicano is a candidate that I can proudly support.

His website is, where he states that there is no excuse for the building of the new courthouse. Clearly, this has gone too far without hearing voters who were not interested.

I, for one, am fed up with the tax history of this county over the past seven years. Dan has stated that it is unconscionable to expect Franklin County taxpayers to absorb a 78 percent increase over the past seven years.

I have done some research on former County Commissioner Fred Rock.

This public servant came into office and the county had a deficit. Fred saved money and successfully built a courthouse, a jail and added a wing to the nursing home. When Fred left office, there was a surplus. This legacy is what we need to get back to, the legacy of Fred Rock.

I think Dan Pellicano can make a difference in the future of this county.

Dan Pellicano can count on my vote.

John H. Pilla
Fayetteville, Pa.

County Commissioners seem headed toward ‘the death spiral’

To the editor:

While I have not always agreed with the County Commissioners, I have always admired the relative fiscal sobriety that they have used in managing the county. That era seems to be over.

Not only do we borrow what we are lacking, we borrow twice what we need. Based on the breakdown in the budget, I’d say school funds are the biggest culprit. Growth has precipitously slowed in the county. Could not a few projects wait?  

Our taxes are not being raised. They are now playing the same game locally that is being played nationally. In business, there is a phrase, “the death spiral.”

This is how you start one. Fine lesson for the younger generation.

Amy Paradise

Kansas protesters do not express true Christian spirit

To the editor:

I would like to express my feelings about the actions of a small group of people in Kansas that call themselves Christians.

In no way do they express the true Christian spirit, as their signs say that God hates dead soldiers, among other things. God loves everyone. He loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. Yes, God hates sin, but He loves the sinner.

I do not take exception to the ruling of the Supreme Court, but I do take strong exception to the actions of these people. A funeral is a very solemn time and, for many, a sad time. It is a time when the bereaved need our encouragement and prayers.

Alvin A. Craig, Pastor
Hagerstown Church of God  

Representatives need to protect Social Security benefits

To the editor:

President Roosevelt and Congress created Social Security in 1935 to protect retired Americans from a poverty-ridden old age. Today, Social Security is a financially sound program with sufficient reserves to pay full benefits for decades to come.

I am an American citizen and voter who has paid into Social Security during my working years. The promise of Social Security and Medicare must not be broken by misguided proposals that undermine these programs.

Among your top priorities as my elected representatives is to protect the benefits that more than 36 million senior Americans and our children have worked for, paid for and are counting on. It was said on “Meet the Press” that a senator is prepared to let the U.S. default on its debt obligations if Social Security isn’t reformed.

It is unlikely there will be changes to Medicare and Medicaid this year. Social Security is easier to tamper with and more likely to be targeted.

Anna Lee Burker

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