Letters to the Editor - July 24

July 24, 2011

Hagerstown’s golf course is in excellent shape

To the editor:

Over the past 50 years, I have played at the Hagerstown municipal nine-hole course (now called Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run) many times.

In the early ’50s, there were no carts and you either walked and carried your bag or used a pull cart. Now, riding carts are available or you can choose to walk.

The staff and manager deserve a lot of credit because the course is in excellent shape. I am now a senior and my wife and I try to play there at least once a week.

Richard Fisher
Greencastle, Pa.

Government should reverse spending habits

To the editor:

The American people, and I for one, have had enough. It’s time the government at all levels did what it should have done years ago — put their spending habits in reverse.

I, as probably most other people, have had to cut all of my personal spending. I buy everything as cheaply as I can, and to some people, it is a matter of choosing to pay a bill or buy food. Most Americans are hardworking and productive people; some have lost jobs and health coverage, which to a family with children can be devastating; some have lost homes with many becoming homeless; however, most would like to get the economy going strong again, but employment needs to be on the rise for this to come about. It is my belief that the American people have been given misleading information on unemployment statistics.

Our government is immoral and ungodly in all it says and the laws it passes. It needs to return to the God and the values that helped our forefathers found this great country. The office of president down to the janitor of small towns should take a 5 percent cut in salary and 10 percent cut in spending. No government employee would need to be laid off nor would programs already started need to be eliminated; just reduce the spending on them by 10 percent. These suggestions alone could help reduce the country’s debt. It is a well-known fact that the government pays itself better than the private sector. It’s time that the government runs its household tightly like the rest of private citizens are doing.

To everyone in one of the branches of government, I say, “The next time you sit down to eat, think about the homeless, the hungry, the destitute here in America.”

Sherman Jones

Letter writer was correct about military heroes

To the editor:

I would like to say thank you to Anne P. Wright for her letter to the editor on July 16. Her assessment of society’s attitude toward past and present military personnel was entirely correct and needed to be said.

The present members of the military are all heroes, while the Korean veterans were largely forgotten and the Vietnam veterans were considered to be baby killers and drug addicts. I came to accept that my voluntary service in the Marine Corps, including Vietnam, meant less than nothing to anyone but myself. Anything that I needed from society in 1969 has long since been taken care of by myself.

The few thank yous that I have heard in the last several years have only served to bring back the old anger, so as far as I am concerned, society can keep its thanks.

William R. Reel

Aleshire’s loss is a loss for every county resident

To the editor:

Some readers would interpret Kristin Aleshire’s recent editorial as words coming from a poor loser. However, the losers are the citizens of Washington County. I knew exactly what Aleshire meant and I am a longtime registered Republican. It is not a case of sour grapes.

I suspect that my views on national issues might be different than those held by Aleshire. The fact of the matter is that these differences in opinions on national politics have relatively little impact on our quality of life in Washington County. What does impact us is the terrible loss of the skills and abilities of a dedicated, intelligent and ethical young man.

Aleshire focused on making reasonable decisions based on sound public policy. I didn’t always agree with him, but I never doubted his sincerity to support development and resource utilization that benefited all county residents. What we can now expect are more decisions that appear to be unrelated to any sound policy. The old adage “it’s all a matter of who you know” will rule the day.  We can also expect the same old tired, redundant and rather predictable appointments to various boards — boards whose actions really do significantly affect our quality of life.

I strongly suggest that Washington County residents take notice of Gov. O’Malley’s PlanMaryland initiative. The plan suggests that state support (funding) will be more available to local governments and the private sector when they plan their actions in line with the PlanMaryland strategies.

The plan specifically states that “rural resource lands cannot be sufficiently protected from development through the state’s preservation programs unless local zoning and related tools limit adjacent development.” Bottom line — statewide residents won’t support counties that violate their own zoning rules and ordinances. For the most part, our zoning ordinances already comply with PlanMaryland. They simply need to be enforced by elected officials. By the way, I didn’t vote for O’Malley, if you were wondering.

In his editorial, Aleshire pointed out that our county already “holds no sway in Annapolis.” I suspect that if the citizens of Washington County don’t wake up to what is happening around them, our ability to survive, let alone thrive, in this state will be irreparably damaged. Think about it the next time you go to vote and start to do the same old tired, redundant and predictable thing.

J.E. Nichols

Anti-abortion protesters should be ignored

To the editor:

The public should know that this coming Monday — July 25 — a radical anti-abortion group (who will remain nameless so not to give them further publicity) will once again stage its annual protest by placing large images of abortion on Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public should also know that this protest is not organized by the churches in downtown Hagerstown. Many, if not most, of us denounce the sort of tactics employed by groups like this, using graphic images of violence in some ham-handed and misguided attempt to “save lives.”

Christians of all positions yearn for the day when women who are pregnant will never willingly choose to terminate their baby’s life. Many of us work hard to apply a consistent ethic of life from the womb to the grave. But in addition to such a horrible means of making an argument, groups such as the one staging this protest have an inconsistent ethic of life: Yes, they may have saved a baby from being aborted, but they do little or nothing to assist the mother in raising that child, in giving her or him life beyond birth. They think their responsibility is done when they get a woman to turn away from the door to a family planning clinic. They neglect to think about or help with the incredible hardships that drives a woman to consider abortion in the first place.

So, if you must travel Washington Street around lunchtime on Monday, when you see those signs do not honk in support. Rather, offer a prayer — for the unborn children who never get a chance to live, for the children who are born but are lost nevertheless, and that God’s justice and mercy would trump ideology and spectacle.

Kyle Powderly

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