Letters to the Editor - Aug. 31

August 31, 2011

Parking snafu isn’t good for business

To the editor:

I wonder if the City of Martinsburg, W.Va., whose businesses are suffering, can afford the following type of behavior. I would like to share with the community what happened to me.

On the Aug. 20, I went to downtown Martinsburg to shop. I parked on Burke Street at about 11 a.m. There were no signs, or other indications that parking was not going to be allowed later that day.

Well, I got back to my parking spot at about 12:50 p.m. and found out my car had been towed. There was a now sign which had not been there at 11 a.m. stating no parking after 1 p.m.  When I asked the vendors who were about to start unloading for the events that day what had happened, they told me, “I saw the signs were posted at about noon.”

When I went to pick up my car from South Berkeley Wrecker, it was clear that my car had been towed at 12:30 p.m. So let’s get this clear, a “No Parking” sign is placed after one has parked a car. Then the car is towed prior to the time the sign says one shouldn’t park. Hmm.

So I go to the Martinsburg Police Department to get my money back that I had to pay for the towing, and despite having multiple witnesses to the facts above, the police deny everything. I ask you, if the police can behave this way on a small matter, can one believe anything they say in large matters such as in court?

Joseph De Soto
Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Maybe creation theory really is as good as any

To the editor:

In a recent letter to the editor (Aug. 28), C.A. Belella defends creationism with a series of classic arguments. Paraphrased, these include: 1. Those who believe in evolution are atheists (… “don’t want to acknowledge that God exists”). 2. Human evolution is “special” because, otherwise, all apes would have evolved (into humans) by now. 3. We should skip the concept of human evolution and accept the “Goodasany” Theory and that God created humans on the sixth day in his own image.

First regarding their faith, the majority of biologists and others who recognize the obvious are not atheistic. The statistics on their faith is well known, just look it up with your electronic crystal ball (which, by the way, operates on theoretical principles less well-documented than evolution).

Second, Belella uses the tired argument that if humans and apes came from a common ancestor, why haven’t apes evolved (into humans) too? That is like saying, “because house sparrows are one of the most successful birds, why haven’t all birds evolved into house sparrows.”

Actually, apes have evolved, but not into humans. Life explores “adaptive space” (unused or underused parts of the environment) and evolves to fill it. We humans fill one very large adaptive zone; chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans have occupied different and more restricted adaptive zones.

Finally, Belella creates a spoof theory called “Goodasany” (good-as-any). Of course good as any refers to creationism. As far as religion goes, maybe it really is only as good as any other.

For example, the Navajo believe that people emerged from three previous underworlds into our “Glittering World” through a magic reed.

The Chinese believe the universe was like a big black egg, carrying Pan Gu (a god) inside. After 18,000 years Pan Gu woke from a long sleep then used a broad axe to crack open the egg. The rest is history.

After a quick search, I found 41 “Goodasany” theories. Science will never be the same.
Larry Zaleski

Support the elderly who have nowhere else to turn

To the editor:

Holly Place needs your help. Our cash position has declined to critically low levels and we need your help to continue the care of our residents.  

No doubt we are in this position due to the economy, which has affected us all. We certainly have seen this in our level of contributions.

Holly Place is an assisted living home that has been organized to serve those who cannot afford commercial assisted living and have no other place to go. Some of our residents have nothing left except for their Social Security, which can be as small as $600 per month. Some have no family remaining. Holly Place cares for 15 of these folks 24 hours a day all year long in a loving, clean safe home on South Potomac Street.  

Our cost to care for them is currently running $3,700 per month.  The difference between what it costs Holly Place to provide this care and what our residents can afford is covered by either government programs or donations from the community. As long as we continue this service we will need this support. This effort represents the basic tenets of true charity.

In the past we have received wonderful support from our community. Our board and staff can assure everyone who has ever donated that every dollar has gone to provide quality care and housing for our residents.  

We are hoping that this letter will once again bring our mission and its needs to your attention and with your support will allow us to continue.

Doug Wright
Holly Place Board of Directors

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