Letters to the Editor - Aug. 29

August 28, 2011

Dress for success when looking for work

To the editor:

I feel the need to say something about how so-called adults dress for job fairs.

The photo on your front page this morning (Aug. 26) might show why some of these folks are out of work. I count four guys with their hats on indoors and only one man dressed correctly for an interview.

Time for shirts with collars that are tucked in, slacks (not jeans) and polished shoes, folks.

My father-in-law used to tell us how he got his job at Ford Motor Co. during the Depression. The manager walked the line of applicants and picked out all the men whose shoes were shined. He figured if a man cared about his personal appearance, he would be a good worker.

'Nuf said.

Barb Pengelly

Millburn built friendships through walking

To the editor:

On Aug. 14, 2011, the neighborhood of Fairway Meadows in Hagerstown lost a fine friend and an avid walker, Lethi Kim Millburn. My parents and I moved into Fairway Meadows 16 years ago, and Lethi literally walked into our lives on her daily walk through Fairway Meadows. One day as we worked on landscaping our front yard, Lethi greeted us with her warm hello and "How are you today?" A friendly conversation followed her greeting and thus began a wonderful friendship.

Over the years, my parents and I had many lovely conversations with Lethi in the front yard of our home, and when my parents could no longer do the yard work, Lethi started to ring the front door bell of our home so she could visit with them in our home. They appreciated her visits very much. During the summer, we gave her tomatoes from our garden, and in return she gave us moon cakes and green tea.

Some residents on Fair Meadows Boulevard, Londontowne Circle, Winston Drive, Abbey Lane, Elizabeth Court and Thames Street might not have known Lethi by her name, but they knew her by her winning smile, friendly wave, warm personality and brisk walk.

As she walked through Fairway Meadows, Lethi Kim Millburn enriched the lives of everyone she met. She engaged in the art of conversation with the grace, care and concern of a fine friend. In our fast-paced world, Lethi Kim Millburn took the time to spread some kindness and build many friendships along the way.

Erin J. Brennan

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