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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 5

January 04, 2012

Can someone create a preferred callers list?

To the editor:
Surely in this, the 21st century, a highly educated software programmer could write a program that would allow users to create and store a “Preferred Callers List” that would contain all the numbers of family, friends and businesses that you would allow to call your personal phone. Therefore, any incoming call that is not on your preferred callers list would go straight to voicemail.
Sometimes, a call comes in that displays unavailable and out of area. There must be enough data, or lack of data, for the software to identify this call as not being on your preferred callers list and would also be sent directly to voicemail without ringing your phone.
Now, as for telemarketers, poll takers, political robocalls, etc., I don’t care about them anyhow, so they can leave a voicemail with an 800 number and I can then decide whether to participate.
There might be some issues that need tweaked, but I am sure the software programmers can deal with those. So, could someone out there please give a good reason this can’t be done?
    
M. Dawson
Waynesboro, Pa.


Are leaders of country just pawns of corporations?

To the editor:
This is to the president of the United States, the Senate, House and recent debt panel. What is wrong with you people? You are supposed to be leading our country, our country, not your country. Instead you are destroying our country.
Haven’t you ever heard of the words compromise and teamwork? We are all tired of the blame game; you blame the opposing party, you blame the tea party and you blame ex-President George Bush. The blame goes right to the top, President Obama. You are in charge now and you are not doing your job.
If there was ever an argument for term limits, the time is now. You are all inept, dysfunctional, pathetic and despicable.
One more question. Just who is running this country, the big corporations? Are all of you just pawns of these giant corporations?
God bless our future generations, because they are certainly going to need it.

Jay Koch
Hagerstown


School performance was a first-rate event

To the editor:
What a wonderful night of sound.
A recent Thursday night performance by Northern Middle School’s chorus, choir and women’s ensemble presented a cheerful prelude to the holiday season.
Ms. Swartwood’s dedication to producing a high-quality and well-choreographed program is to be commended in a time where music appreciation is often forgotten in today’s schools. Too often, the arts are being left to chance for later years or being eliminated from certain districts’ curriculum.
The performance was first-rate and all participants should be proud of their efforts. I know their parents and grandparents are.

Bob Herring
Hanover, Pa.


Not all re-enactors are just ‘playing army’

To the editor:
This is in response to the recent comments about historical re-enactments and re-enactors.
I have been involved in what many of us call living history since I was a drummer boy at age 12, soon after the end of the Civil War Centennial.  Since that time, I have been a member of re-created French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and Civil War units. Over the past 45 years, I have spent much more time with those units educating the public and helping historic sites than I have participating in re-enactments, or as we often call them “burning powder.”
Yes, there are those who approach the hobby like little kids “playing army.” But many of us are dedicated historians by avocation who spend our free time researching, re-creating material culture such as uniforms, accoutrements and camp equipage, and work with like-minded hobbyists to re-create the lives and times of common soldiers throughout American history as authentically as possible.
 
George F. Franks III
Williamsport


Job candidate claims he is being treated unfairly

To the editor:
I am almost 57. I have an excellent work record and letters of recommendation. Why then have I been treated so cruelly by employers?
Recently, I found out about a job opening, completed the online application, had a great interview and was told by an employee that the supervisor gave me two thumbs up. After this, he gave me times to return to discuss job details.
Every time, I came “on time” for the appointment, but he was not able to see me. After arriving at my appointments five times, I was told that there was no job available. To make matters worse, I learned that he told an employee that I did not get the job because I was coming in to speak with him too much. I only followed his directions.
Changes need to be made that are fair not only to the employer but to the candidate for employment. Equal rights seem to apply only to the application and nothing else.

Michael Lipowski
Hagerstown

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