Letters to the Editor - May 15

May 14, 2011

I'm writing in Rock on my ballot May 17  

To the editor:

This letter is in regard to the May 17 primary election for Guilford Township Supervisor. There are two Republican candidates and no Democrats seeking this position. Back in February, I read incumbent Steve Rock's announcement seeking to serve another term as supervisor. His announcement listed in the newspapers was very informative as to what he has done for the past two terms and will continue to do as a full-time supervisor if re-elected. I think he's done a great job and he's got my vote.

Guilford Township is a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. Our planned developments lay beside open farmlands. The supervisors' snow-removal effort is second to none and Guilford Township has built a very nice Norlo Park for our families to enjoy and exercise. Guilford Township offers the residents a great quality of life. My opinion is that you can't fix something that's not broken, and voters will no longer vote for change unless they know the change they are getting. I am a registered Democrat and plan on writing-in Steve Rock on the Democratic ballot for Guilford Township supervisor.

Barry D. Henry

Chambersburg, Pa.

Bob Thomas is a commissioner who gets things done

To the editor:

I have lived in Greencastle, Pa., for the majority of my life and have always been proud of our community. In April, the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War was to open in our town. As we knew, many visitors would be coming to our community and I noticed how trash had collected along the highways leading to Greencastle.

I immediately thought about the county using inmates to clean highways, so I called Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas for help as time was running short. He immediately contacted Dan Hoover at the county probation department. Within days, the job was done — and what a difference. I thank Dan and the probation work crews for a job well done.

We need people like Bob in public office, and next week I will cast my vote to keep him as one of our county commissioners.

Marie Eshleman

Greencastle, Pa.

A vote for Rock is a vote for a hard worker

To the editor:

I served the Township of Guilford as its solicitor for 44 years, retiring Dec. 31, 2010. I served with many supervisors. The present board of supervisors is very dedicated to being fiscally conservative and used a common-sense approach on all township-related issues. They have a very efficient work force that is small in relation to the size of the township and the 128 miles of road they maintain. In other words, they accomplish a lot with a small number of employees.

I'm very proud to be Guilford Township resident. We have a beautiful township and the supervisors work hard to keep it that way. With farming still being the number one industry in Guilford Township, the supervisors realize the importance of saving our farms. Their zoning ordinance keeps growth planned and orderly by directing development to areas with utilities and adequate road systems. Supervisors that work as a team accomplish more. I think that is why Guilford has been very successful. They have always been aggressive in preparing for the future.

Since becoming a supervisor 11 years ago, Steve Rock has been a great team member. He understands Guilford's vision for the future and works hard every day to achieve it. Please remember to cast your vote for him May 17.

Jay Benedict

Fayetteville, Pa.

America more like salad bowl than melting pot

To the editor:

On a picturesque spring day in April, one couldn't help but absorb the wonders of nature produced by our Creator: the warmth of the sun upon one's skin, regardless of its color; birds of various varieties playing and harmonizing as one; and children of different nationalities playing together at the park with one sole purpose in mind, to have fun and enjoy their moments together.

Many thoughts ran through my mind as I watched my biracial granddaughter interact with the other children. As I observed them playing, laughing, hugging and tending to each other, I thought how much of a better world this would be if, as so-called civilized adults, we would learn from our progeny. They even broke bread together as they shared their lunches.  

Later that day, I decided to walk to the grocery store to purchase some fresh vegetables to complement the rainbow trout that my biracial stepson, his Hispanic friend and my African-American self caught the previous day. I couldn't help but notice that despite the diversity of the fishermen that day, we all shared some degree of camaraderie, civility and kinship. The way the fish were biting, they didn't discriminate either, and we all enjoyed a provision from our Creator.

As I proceeded toward my home, I noticed a rolled-up circular on the ground with the words "Save Our Race" in bold print. As I continued to walk, I noticed another circular a few paces away. This time, I picked it up with the hope of it being a biblical tract about saving "Our Race," as in the human race. Instead, to my dismal surprise it was literature provided and distributed by "Virgil's White Knights of the KKK."

As my granddaughter and I watch television, I see her absorbing as much as her young mind is able to take in. I pray that her mind doesn't become impaired and her vision isn't narrowed by the likes of Virgil and his followers. I have vowed to instill in her to view the world and people for whom they are, to judge people for the content of their character and not for the color of their skin.

It's disturbing that such hatred exists in 2011, when we have a commander in chief who is biracial, and when this country of ours has young men and women of all colors willing to pay the ultimate price to give "Americans" the right to freedom of speech — even if that speech promotes hate and division among those of us who strive to experience and live as "One nation under God with liberty and justice for all."

Some say that America is the great melting pot. Personally, I like to think of it as a salad bowl. As with a salad, you take several different ingredients, the more the better. Although each ingredient exudes and maintains its own identity and flavor, combined with everything else, it tastes great.

Lemuel Murray


Responsibility for sidewalks should lie with city

To the editor:

Here we go again. City council members are starting up the old issue of sidewalks; who's responsible to replace them, how to enforce it. I, as a property owner in the City of Hagerstown, get very upset and frustrated every time this issue comes up. I'm not sure who the brilliant soul was, or is, who decided that property owners should be responsible. That person doesn't have a lick of common sense.

The sidewalks are open to the public, are there for the convenience of all residents. I feel that it's time for the city to use our property taxes to pay for these sidewalks. Please understand I'm not suggesting they raise taxes, but cut where they need and utilize the staff they have. I pay more than $3,000 a year between county and city taxes. I have lead paint fees, insurance, two mortgages, rental license fees and credit card bills (used for upgrades mandated by the city), plus I try to always donate to charities.

When is enough enough? If I am forced to replace my not-so-pretty but functional sidewalks, it will force me into bankruptcy and foreclosure. I will have no choice but to walk away. The city will have two more empty buildings and five families will be homeless, including mine.

So often, it seems like these people are living on another planet. We are in a recession; gas costs nearly $4 a gallon; I haven't worked a job in a year and a half; and the future looks bleak at best. It's all I can do just to keep the bills paid. I'm sure lots of people have the same situation, and I think we need to get the city to understand — not now, not ever.

Steve Wilson


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