Letters to the Editor - Sept. 11

September 11, 2011

Lincoln was not a white supremacist

To the editor:

On Aug. 25, Leonard Pitts intimated that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the greatest heroes of the 200-plus-year American experience. He is more than arguably correct. Pitts is also correct in stating that monuments to individuals do not well honor that individual's courage and tenacity on a daily basis, in the face of extreme adversity; these individuals including King and Abraham Lincoln.

Pitts goes on to refer to President Lincoln as a white supremacist. Lincoln was not. He was extremely advanced for the times and environment in which he lived, but not quite so much in his illl-educated young life. In his presidential years, he was both exceptionally astute as to human rights as well as to being astute about the speed with which he must progress in black human rights in order to prevent the Union from falling apart. He had to save the nation before saving the blacks would have been viable. Sometimes, when a person is of a group that is/has been persecuted, he or she tends to find fault where there is none.

I honor the personhood of black people and the personhood of white people equally. I get quite tired of people tearing down Abraham Lincoln. Read a biography or two on Abraham Lincoln written by a well-known Civil War author or two. If you have an open mind, you will be surprised at how Lincoln revered black people and personally held them in as high esteem as he did white people.

Anne P. Wright


Thumbs down to teacher was a mistake

To the editor:

The Saturday, Aug. 27, edition had a thumbs up, thumbs down column. The thumbs down went to an English teacher from Doylestown, Pa., who wrote on her personal blog about students (no names were mentioned) who were "frightfully dim, disengaged, lazy whiners." What is the problem? Why the down vote? The teacher seems honest and wants only the least-disruptive students in her class so she can teach and has a class atmosphere for learning.

More than 200 parents said they didn't want their children taught by this teacher, Natalie Munroe. Good. If the shoe fits, wear it. The troublemakers are out of her class and dumped on some other teacher.

I'll bet that a good percentage of our teachers, if they had the backbone, honesty and the backing of a no-nonsense school board, would do the same thing.

If you have any doubts about "dem youts" of ours, go to the Centre at Hagerstown parking lot on any school night and you will see what frightfully dim and disengaged, lazy whiners look like, talk like and act like. A teacher's nightmare.

I wonder about the complaining parents. What are their children's truancy rates, expulsions, academic failure rates and juvenile records?

Hopefully, the thumbs down column will correct this gross injustice it has put on this teacher. A mistake does not have to be a mistake as long as it is corrected.

Don Shipley

Clear Spring

Those who are dissatisfied need to cast votes

To the editor:

I just heard the latest polls. Almost 80 percent of those asked responded that they would like to see everyone in the House and Senate voted out of office. You would think with those numbers nobody in office would be re-elected. Too bad it is so easy to respond to a poll but such a pain to actually go out and vote.

The problem is that the 20 percent who don't agree with the poll will make up 60 percent of those who actually vote.

Cliff Lane

Black Rock

Events of 9/11 have left me shaken to this day

To the editor:

Coming home from Cape Cod by train, we stopped just inside the border of New York state. The conductor announced one of the Twin Towers had been bombed and was collapsing. We would have to wait for orders to proceed.

I thought, "This is just like Pearl Harbor. I'll bet a thousand people are dead!" I wish I were right. Never could I have imagined 3,000 deaths.

We soon rode into New York City at 10 mph, only to stop at Penn Station. "Everybody out!" We stood on the street for two hours watching emergency vehicles rushing along a cross street, and large airplanes flying low overhead. I wondered if we would be bombed.

Rumors flew: The White House has been destroyed; the Washington Monument collapsed; the Pentagon destroyed; the Empire State Building bombed; and a plane was shot down over a field in Pennsylvania.

Two hours later, we were allowed back on our train and went to Washington at 35 mph. I arrived there and searched for a way to get to Martinsburg. Fortunately, there was one train left to get there. When riding to Brunswick, Md., again we were told, "Everybody out!" Police cars, ambulances, fire engines, and K9 units were there, plus a bus — my final transportation home, six hours behind schedule.

I was not hurt. Nobody I knew was. But I am still shaken by the experience and the thought of so many innocent people killed.

Helen Brill

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Annual black bear hunt scheduled next month

To the editor:

This month, September, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding its annual drawing for bear permits, scheduled for the black bear hunt in October. Some 50 bears will be allowed to be harvested; at which time, the hunt will be ended. This is in response to the growing number of black bears roaming Maryland's western counties.

At one time, not too long ago, Maryland listed the American black bear as an endangered species within its borders. Today, through the diligent work of the Maryland DNR and concerned citizens, the black bear population has made a striking comeback in the pristine mountains of Western Maryland.

However, with this success comes the problem of man's co-existence with this wonder of nature. The local population and tourists can verify close encounters with bears in their neighborhood, recreational areas and highways due to the increased bear population. Most of these encounters are the result of the black bear's curious nature — oftentimes connected to seeking food. Thus, the harvesting of the black bear has become necessary.

As in years past, this year's hunt is scheduled to produce the unavoidable, but essential, means of keeping the black bear population healthy and a "friendly" dweller for future generations to enjoy.

Paul Inskeep

Maryland Correctional Training Center, No. 211-806

It's time for voters to wake up and take action

To the editor:

It's time to wake up and speak up.

The effects of the liberal Democrats' "tax and spend" are coming home to roost. The U.S. economy is "going in the tank," many Americans are hurting because there are not enough jobs and the stock market decline is erasing the retirement of millions of Americans.

The feeble counteractions to the liberals by the Republicans have done little to help. The recent passage of the "compromise" for increasing the debt ceiling was a joke. The Republicans "caved in" because they were afraid of the consequences of a default. Could the effects of a default have been greater than the effects of the credit rating decrease? I believe not.

We must "clean house" in Washington. Most politicians have been there way too long. The liberal Democrats have hurt our country in many ways and the Republicans only "wave wands" to stop them. All of them pay more attention to how to get back into office again.

Term limits is the only way we can fix the problem and get America back into the hands of the people. Before casting your vote next November ask the candidates if they will initiate term limits not to exceed 12 years for either house of Congress.

Ronald F. Moats Sr.


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