Letters to the Editor - Nov. 17

November 16, 2011

Hagerstown should have a NASCAR track

To the editor:

Maybe it's only my opinion, but Hagerstown has a speedway. Why not expand on it? Make it much bigger (maybe design it after Dover), put in bunches of bleachers. Invite NASCAR to race here in Hagerstown.

The construction work on a project of this magnitude will really increase employment. In addition, the track itself will maintain an increased employment. Plus, the influx of visitors from surrounding states coming to see the NASCAR races will greatly add into the increased revenue factors for Hagerstown, Washington County and the State of Maryland. Might have to invest a lot of money to be able to do this, but the turnaround would be humongous.

Also, while you're at it, how about adding in some slots somewhere here in Hagerstown?

Pat Ritchie


Thanks for support during school board campaign

To the editor:

Although the last of my six school board campaigns, for a second term at Greencastle-Antrim, didn't end as I'd initially hoped, I've been honored to serve for 20 of the last 32 years on two different Pennsylvania school boards. I appreciate each vote I received, and the trust each represented.

I fully expect the new board members will work to maintain the difficult balancing act which placed G-A among the 25 lowest taxed of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts while continuing to provide quality, well-rounded education.

Most important, however, is that each student be treated equally and offered the same opportunities to develop and prosper in both academics and extra-curricular activities.

Meanwhile, I've lost no optimism or sense of commitment to the next generation and remain ready to help — through church, clubs, the Democratic Party and on a personal level — with any needs that may arise. It's always a pleasure.

Paul Politis

Greencastle, Pa.

Keystone pipeline solution is no help to environment

To the editor:

The $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline will deliver 830,000 barrels of oil a day.

In 2008, the original application was filed with the State Department. In April 2010, the State Department produced an environmental impact statement that concluded "no significant impacts" on the environment. In August 2010, again the State Department produced an environmental impact statement that concluded "no significant impacts" on the environment. In November 2011, the White House postponed any decision in order to undertake "an in-depth assessment" on the effects to the Ogallala Aquifer under Nebraska,

Currently, 25,000 miles of pipeline crisscross the Ogallala Aquifer. Today, the oil is loaded onto rail cars in Canada and sent to the port in British Columbia. Where does the oil go? China. Where do we get our oil from? The Middle East. What will Canada do if the pipeline is not built? They will build more railroads.

Does this solution help the global environment? Of course not. It's another example of special interests, lobbying on both sides, and no leadership.

Four years have passed. When will Washington, D.C., represent the country?

John Louderback


Thanks to all who have served this country

To the editor:

May I express my appreciation to all the brave men and women who serve or have served our country and help to protect me and my rights as an American citizen. We don't say thank you enough.

The past year has been a hard one for us as some of our closest friends, who were veterans, have gone on to heaven to receive their final reward. Your smiles will be missed Uncle Jack Fisher, Charles Dalhamer, Bernard Barnhart and "Ockie" Hetzel.

I am proud to be an American and lucky to be one, too. I just had the honor of meeting seven of the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II while we were on a bus trip to New Mexico.

Don't forget to remember our troops now serving, too. The holidays are coming, and it can be very hard for them and their families. It seems we always know someone serving. Our friend, Alicia, just came back and now Chase is over.

Keep praying. God is still in control.

Darlene Hoffman


Keep spouse your top priority for a good marriage

To the editor:

A very insightful friend has observed that in a marriage, if anything other than your spouse is No. 1 in your life, you may be headed for trouble. You may ask, "What could be No. 1 other than your spouse?" Lots of things. Among them, children, jobs, sports, money (materialism), gambling, you name it.

In almost all marriages, many obstacles have become overcome jointly. My friend also observes that marriage can be compared to a chemistry lab. You can have two beakers of water and combine them into a third beaker. Once combined, it is impossible to ever separate them completely.

I am no expert on marital relationships, but do feel it is very important to keep your spouse No.1.

Meredith Fouche


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