Letters to the Editor - Feb. 8

February 08, 2012

Elected leaders must realize we are One Maryland

To the editor:

I genuinely hope that our current local elected state representatives move on to more productive activities than continuing to promote the irresponsible notion that there is an urban war on rural Maryland. Frankly, it saddened me that Del. Serafini’s state pension presentation was pushed aside by his colleagues, who should know that the state pension issues do need addressed.

You have to wonder. What is their reaction to your Jan. 27 editorial “City, county didn’t protect and inform?” One can only hope that they would work to address acidic runoff in the Conococheague Creek that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay, where our fellow rural citizens live and work.

We are One Maryland!

Mark R. Lannon

Laws should be toughened when children are killed

To the editor:

I feel lawmakers need to get tougher on some laws in this country, especially when someone takes the life of a child.

My daughter’s best friend, who moved away from Hagers-town this summer, was killed just before Christmas in Indiana. My daughter and the family are coping with the tragedy as best as we can. There is nothing we can do to bring back this little girl, but we can try to make sure that justice is served.

I am planning a bike ride to honor this girl and other children who died similar deaths.

Pete Seville
Greencastle, Pa.

Here’s a solution to nation’s economic crisis

To the editor:

After thinking about a recent column by Allan Powell and a previous letter to the editor, I believe I have figured out the solution to our current economic crisis.

Clearly, Powell is right: Government does create jobs. And the letter writer is correct; consumer spending also creates jobs. So I conclude that the program for economic recovery should entail two basic strategies:

(1) The federal government needs to create three or four new regulatory agencies. Doesn’t matter what: Surely there are a few things that still are not regulated. These new regulatory agencies can create jobs as their employees figure out what, whom and how to regulate.

(2) As patriotic Americans, we all need to go out right now and buy stuff we don’t need and can’t afford. This will create jobs for the hordes of people who (a) engage in selling merchandise they didn’t make, and (b) transport, process and serve food they didn’t produce.

I realize this won’t entirely erase unemployment, but the remaining work force can surely make a living selling health insurance to each other. Problem solved.

Lou Murray

Captain of Titanic deserves to be honored

To the editor:

The cowardly actions of the Costa Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, recall a similar emergency in 1912. Captain Edward John Smith (1850-1912) of the RMS Titanic strove to save lives in those frigid conditions April 14, 1912.

One wonders why no editorial or other writeup to honor him as the 100th anniversary of that epic disaster approaches? John Smith exemplified selfless heroism in what a ship’s captain should be. The Costa Concordia’s skipper is lacking by comparison.

Joe Hammell
Waynesboro, Pa.

Red Barron building should be preserved

To the editor:

The Red Barron building is indeed old. It hasn’t been used for years. It is empty. It is run down. It is often difficult to see past the skin of neglect that an old building has suffered to see its virtues. It takes a deeper look to see the possibilities.

However, the original Red Barron structure was built in 1820-23 and obviously built sturdily enough to last. The wood members of this building are old-growth timber, resistant to rot, unlike most wood now available. The fact that it is still standing testifies to the quality of its construction and the durability of its materials. The architectural style is appropriate to the historic core of Williamsport, for which it is the entrance building.

If this building is rehabilitated, it will fit visually and architecturally with its surroundings, provide long-lasting shelter for any number of businesses that can serve the town. If this adaptive reuse of this building is chosen, the developer will be eligible for preservation tax credits that may be as great as 50 percent of the costs of the project, excluding acquisition. These credits include new systems and new roofs.

If the building is torn down, it will have a massive impact on our landfill. Landfill space is a resource that should be sparingly used so that we do not have to continually consume more and more acres of land to hide our trash and debris.

No one can reasonably expect a new Sheetz store or any other replacement building to endure for nearly 200 years. Isn’t it better to reuse the building and save our history?

Pat Schooley

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