Letters to the Editor - Jan. 13

January 13, 2012

E-recycling event planned for MLK Day

To the editor:

As an environmental component of Washington County’s First Annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16, Volunteer Washington County (VWC) is partnering with Freedom Electronics Recycling, Horizon Goodwill Industries, Penske Truck Rental and Washington County Government to host an e-recycling program.  

County residents interested in participating in the MLK Day E-Recycling Program may drop off items between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at one the bus transfer station in Hagerstown, Clear Spring High School or Smithsburg High School.

Items that will be accepted by Horizon Goodwill include: computers; laptops; computer keyboards, mice and speakers; computer monitors; printers; toner and ink cartridges (full or empty); and scanners.

Items that will be accepted by Freedom Electronics Recycling include: fax machines; plotters; copiers; cell phones and other handheld devices; LCD projectors; VCRs, CD and DVD players; stereo and audio equipment; cables and cords; portable players; battery backups (with or without battery); and microwave ovens.

Washington County will accept TVs no larger than 32 inches (limit two per car).

Items not accepted for recycling include: console TVs; smoke detectors; rear projection TVs; washers and dryers; light bulbs; air conditioners; refrigerators and water coolers; and dehumidifiers.

Volunteer Washington County would like to thank Penske for donating the use of two trucks for the purpose of transporting the collected items. Without the support of our partners, Volunteer Washington County would not have been able to host this program.  

Volunteer Washington County will also be partnering with the Lions Club of Hagerstown and the Women’s Giving Circle to collect and redistribute eyeglasses, hearing aids and gently used women’s professional clothing to those in need. These items can be dropped off at the same locations.

In collaboration with VWC, the American Association of University Women will be collecting used books (excluding textbooks and encyclopedias) for resale to help fund their mission to improve equity for girls and women through education, research and advocacy. Books can be dropped off only at the Bus Transfer Station.

Bernadette Wagner, co-director
Volunteer Washington County

Donation from craft show to benefit county’s children

To the editor:

Kris Kringle left a special gift for all children in Washington County last year. Door admissions, totaling $9,000, from the 2011 Kris Kringle Holiday Craft Show were donated to Children’s Village of Washington County to support child safety throughout our community.

Linda Williams, promoter of the annual event, designated Children’s Village as the nonprofit partner for the 2011 show. The event not only brings high-quality holiday items and vendors to Washington County, but also raises money through door admissions to help a local nonprofit organization.

Each year, more than 2,000 children from public, private and home schools come to Children’s Village, free of charge, for two days of life-safety education and skills training. The program, which began in 1990, has grown from a small grassroots safety effort into a benchmark for similar initiatives in other communities. Children and families in Washington County are safer because of the Children’s Village experience.

Children’s Village wishes to recognize the power of one who helped to generate this gift, the power of one woman who wanted to give back to the community, the power of one dollar from many individuals who attended the show and the support of all volunteers. Never underestimate the power of one to make a difference. In this instance, that power is helping to promote child safety throughout Washington County in this new year.

Thank you, Linda Williams, Kris Kringle helpers and shoppers for making this special gift possible.

Rochelle Morrell, executive director
Children’s Village of Washington County

Parrott should be praised for his creativity

To the editor:

So, according to Tim Rowland, California is our model for “government by petition.” Far out. If California models anything other than unfunded spending and greedy political cronyism, we’ll eat our surfboard. The only “taste of California” we need in Maryland is a wine chaser to unclog our overtaxed palates.

Whatever, dude. Where have you been? California, as well as its fiscal soulmates Illinois and New York, faces a Greek-style financial future that will be a real bummer for its citizens. Why would you want that for any Americans, let alone your neighbors? And why do you damn with faint praise the efforts of a conservative minority to counteract what you yourself admit is a “hold all the power” state legislative majority?

Considering that the worst part about living in Maryland is our proximity to D.C., instead of playing “The Great White Snark,” you should be high-fiving Neil Parrott for using the First Amendment — the one that guarantees our right to redress grievances by petition — so creatively.

Marilyn and Tom Janus

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