Letters to the Editor - July 14

July 14, 2011

Williamsport Food Bank and friends share the bounty

To the editor:

On July 9, the Williamsport Food Bank and the Mobile Food Bank of Maryland hosted a food giveaway for all Williamsport school district folks. We were given 6,000 pounds of food to give away in two hours. It was an amazing day.

It could not have happened though without the support of the Town of Williamsport, Mayor and Council donating the space in Town Hall to us for the food giveaway. Thank you to all the folks at Williamsport Town Hall, who had the room completely set up for us. It was just perfect. A special thank you to Donnie Stotelmyer and Tony Drury for going above and beyond to help make this day happen.

I would like to also thank all the volunteers who stepped up and helped make the day a success: Jim Rudolf, Nicole Cline, my nephew Michael Nally, Mike Schlapo and his daughter Nikki and her friend Angel Brown, Teresa Moats and her son Daniel and his friends John and Oliver Martin, Monique Allia and her son Vinny, my mom Bee Nally, Sandy Merrell, Edith Ahshuler, Carol Hawley, Marion James, Mary Anna Cline and her friends Georgette and Amber, my husband Mike Stotelmyer and our kids Devyn and Dakota Stotelmyer. We could not have done this giveaway without you folks.

Thank you to Tony’s Pizza for the great deal they gave us on the pizzas and to Nicole Cline for supplying all the drinks for our volunteers and to M&T bank for allowing us to use your lower parking lot for folks to park in.

And last but not least, thank you to the Maryland Food Bank Mobile program for the fresh produce and to Food Resources for the canned food. Thank you also to Lynn Jackson at FRI for all the support you gave to me.

Thanks also to all the families who came out to the food giveaway.

Leigh Ann Stotelmyer
Williamsport Food Bank

Some questions about the sex offenders in Hagerstown

To the editor:

I was dismayed by a fact that was presented in the sex offender article in The (June 23) Herald-Mail, to wit: “The man is one of about 95 registered sex offenders who live in downtown Hagers-town.”

I don’t know where to start asking questions so I’ll just strike out, and see if I hit any nerves:

  • Is this a normal distribution for a town our size? Are there really 95 registered sex offenders here who are native to Washington County? If not, where did they all come from? I’m pretty sure I know, but I would like to hear from you about it.
  • Why are they living in downtown Hagerstown? Where do they live in downtown? How do they support themselves? Or do they?
  • If they are here because they were released from the state prisons in our back yard, and choose to live here rather than return to their homes, what are the effects, financially and on society, on the city and the county? Does the state have a responsibility to compensate the city/county for the burden the state penal system, if only by default, imposes on us?
  • Why do so many choose to stay here rather than return to their original homes?
  • Will their number, and the attendant problems they represent, grow as more are released, and few leave the area?

Are there other categories of parolees who are dumped on our community for us to support? If so, is there a local agency, other than the state parole system, that is charged with watching after the community’s interests?

I think The Herald-Mail owes it to the community as a public service to look into this issue and find answers to these questions, and any others you might find to be relevant.

John Cable

Something needs to be done at Boonsboro Mountain Road

To the editor:

I live in Boonsboro and work in Frederick, Md. My daily commute home involves a few back Frederick County roads to U.S. 40. From U.S. 40, I turn left onto Boonsboro Mountain Road.  Therein lies one huge problem. Turning left onto Boonsboro Mountain Road is dangerous. I put on my turn signal far before the bridge, start slowing down early, and constantly check my rearview mirror. If I have to stop and yield to oncoming traffic, there is a good chance that I will be hit from behind.

One day, I had to stop to yield to traffic. The car behind me also stopped, and she was badly hit. Last week I was almost hit by two vehicles coming around the bend. At the very last second each swerved onto the right shoulder. Neither applied their brakes to slow down. On my way home on Friday, July 8, traffic backed up and slowed near the dreaded turn, and I knew what had happened. I then saw the fire department, the police and the accident.

I read What’s Wrong with this Picture? posted May 22, 2011, and I must say that I am extremely disappointed with the State Highway Administration’s view of the problem.  Boonsboro Mountain Road is frequented by many, as it is a route to Boonsboro, which is continually growing. I strongly disagree with the notion that there is “good enough” sight distance. In a perfect world, you could say that there is — for people who are aware of the turn, people who are abiding by the speed limit, and people who are actually paying attention.  I guarantee that 95 percent of people traveling on U.S. 40 are not abiding by the speed limit, and no one should even be traveling the speed limit (50 mph) around that bend. Something needs to be done: A sign, a left-turn lane, flashing lights, reduced speed limit, construction to make a passing lane on the right (not the shoulder). Something.

The left turn onto Boonsboro Mountain Road is dangerous, and turning vehicles are at a huge risk. Also, in response to the practicality of making a left turn lane — I’ve seen a few slow moving vehicles traveling east on U.S. 40, and I highly doubt that one would back up traffic to the point of concern as they crested the top of the hill with a shorter climbing lane (or without one). I’d much rather be able to turn safely without worrying about being crushed from behind or pushed into oncoming traffic.

Rebecca Williams

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