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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 25

November 25, 2011

Christmas dinner will serve those less fortunate


To the editor:

Once again, the season of giving is upon us as we try to help those less fortunate, and the Salvation Army Christmas Dinner is gearing up to do its share.

We not only serve dinner on Christmas Day to those who come to the door, but also to housebound senior citizens and anyone else who might need a holiday meal. Along with that meal, we try to make sure everyone has a Christmas present. Many of our senior citizens would face this holiday alone and without anyone to remember them, if it were not for the volunteers from the Christmas dinner.

I am asking for help to make sure those with little have a happy Christmas. We need food donations so we do not use all of the Army’s day-to-day provisions, and presents for seniors and others we deliver meals to and for those who come through the doors at The Salvation Army dinner. Last year, we served close to 600 people, and I am anticipating serving at least that many this year.

We always need volunteers to cook, decorate, wrap presents, deliver meals and serve meals.

I wish I could tell you how much what we do matters to those we serve. One of our meal deliverers told me how one of her deliveries dressed up in her Christmas finery to welcome them; another said a lady who received a teddy bear as part of her presents the previous year had it sitting on her sofa next to her and commented that what we brought were her only presents. I can’t bear the thought that these people do not know the joy of being with family, and end up being forgotten and alone.

If you would like to donate presents or food or volunteer, please contact me at 717-263-2151 or 717-360-2407.

This is my 20th year as chairman of the event, and each year I hope we can help as many people as possible. I have yet to be disappointed in the community’s response.

Let’s all make this special day special for everyone.


Lynne Newman
Chambersburg, Pa.




Thanks for community’s support of breakfast


To the editor:

 The First Annual Country Breakfast Buffet was a rousing success thanks to lots of individuals and companies. Held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, this fundraiser was a collaborative effort between the Friends of the Rural Heritage Museum and the Ag Center Board of Directors. The funds raised will help with funding the construction of the blacksmith shop in the village and the transportation museum.

Thanks and appreciation are extended to Ivy Hill Farm, Lanco Pennland Quality Milk, Maryland Soybean Board, AC&T, Sam’s Club and the Waltz family for their generous donations. Over 40 volunteers helped prepare, cook and serve the tasty meal with extra support from Benevola United Methodist Church and Potomac Fish & Game Club, who provided much-needed equipment and expertise.

Hats off to the Washington County employees and especially, Jim Sterling, Dave Brooks and Erin Overdorff, who eagerly supported this effort. Lastly, thanks to those of you in the community who chose to support this effort and join us for breakfast. What a tribute to the importance of agriculture education — past, present and future —  in Washington County.


Patsy Ardinger
Chuck and Mary Ellen Waltemire




Pitts can’t have it both ways


To the editor:

“It’s the children, stupid,” proclaims Leonard Pitts in his Nov. 17 Penn State scandal column. He is just bursting with moral absolutes relative to the protection of children and the duties of adults in such cases. How strange this sounds in the face of his recent column where he goes to great length to say that there are no moral absolutes, just, “the foggy opacity of the grays.”

In that case, he was celebrating the defeat of Mississippi’s proposed personhood amendment. He wrote that it was not morally right to protect defenseless children in the womb. In the shower, yes — in the womb, no. After all, he says, if a child happens to be conceived by “incest or rape,” it is just fine to kill this innocent victim of the crime. And that is just. Or if the child shows signs of “illness or deformity” then it’s fine to murder the tiny patient.

With absolute certainty, he says that the notion that the state can see “moral clarity” in such cases “is as false as it is seductive — and that there are some calls the state cannot and should not make.” The word for this belief he says is “pro-choice.” If he had any sense of right and wrong, he would know there is only one moral choice in both cases, the state must protect the child. The Mississippi vote was another form of the Dred Scott decision, which says we can selectively grant personhood at our convenience.


Richard Giovanoni
Hagerstown




Ladies auxiliary sponsored wonderful program


To the editor:

On behalf of myself and a member of Lantern Post 729, 29th Infantry Division, Maryland Division, I would like to compliment Morris Frock Post 42 Ladies Auxiliary for the excellent program they sponsored at the Washington County Courthouse on Veterans Day, and also for the reception that they held at the Legion Post home following the ceremony at the courthouse.

Again, thank you for a great program and inviting Lantern Post 729 to participate in this veterans program.


Stanley E. McIntire
Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

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