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Letters to the Editor - April 4

April 04, 2012

For safe keeping, remember the Register of Wills

To the editor:

After recently witnessing problems with the administration of a person’s estate, here are some thoughts to keep in mind when writing your last will and testament. The person you name as your personal representative has a legal and moral obligation to file your will with the Register of Wills.

To avoid problems and the possibility that your personal representative may not be able to honor this obligation, always file your will with your local Register of Wills for safe keeping after you have written it.

This can be done for a $5 fee. After you pass, the Register of Wills will appoint your personal representative (named in your will or an alternate) and help oversee the administration of your estate.

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Let it be known to your family and friends that you have done a will and that it is already registered. This will avoid the possibility of a conveniently disappearing will, altered will, the stress on your survivors in trying to locate it or the refusal of your personal representative having possession of it and refusing to file it (which is not legal). 

You have taken the time to write a will and your last wishes are important and you want them to be honored. By taking the simple step of filing your will with The Register of Wills,  you can avoid unnecessary heartache and stress on your grieving loved ones.

Lisa Regester
Hagerstown


Sen. Alloway does his best to help constituents

To the editor:

My grandson is Senator Rich Alloway. I am very proud of him, and I love him very much.

Recently, a man announced his intention to run against my grandson. That is OK with me. What is not OK with me is that this man said things that I know, and anyone who keeps up with what is going on in Harrisburg knows, are just not true.

For the life of me, I do not understand how some people are willing to say or do anything just to get what they want. I have always felt that being elected to a public office and serving the people was a trust from God. That’s why I encouraged Rich to run for office. My grandson may not be perfect, but he sure tries hard to do the right things. He works long days and tries to help the people.

People need jobs. Rich works hard to help bring companies to our area to provide good opportunities. I have lived through some tough times, and I know that’s what people want right now, not nasty comments that are not true.

It does not take much of a man to lie. My grandson knows this because I taught him to do right.

Dorthea “Nana” Alloway
Chambersburg, Pa.


Commission on Aging says thanks to volunteers

To the editor:

The Commission on Aging is deeply grateful to the many volunteers from all over Washington County who have stepped up to deliver meals to homebound, frail elderly people. For Meals on Wheels participants, the nutritious meals and check-in visits are vital to maintaining independent living and staying at home.

We receive many calls and letters from program participants telling us how much they appreciate the meals and visits. It is truly a lifesaving program.

Additional volunteers are always needed, both regularly scheduled and as substitutes. You may call 301-790-0275 for more information on how you can help. Tax-deductible contributions are appreciated as well.

Susan J. MacDonald, executive director
Washington County Commission on Aging Inc.


Inmate education bill will accomplish nothing

To the editor:

Wow, what a snow job on the public in the spring. The headline reads “Bill: Inmates could use academics to reduce sentences.”

The bill purportedly provides relief for those who have, among other things, completed “ ... a two- or four-year college degree, a certification in applied sciences, a technical education diploma, or a civics education program that requires passing a final exam.”

The major malfunction in this proposed legislation — the Newt Gingrich Republican Congress, in as I recall 1995, passed legislation that terminated Pell Grant funding for prisoners in college degree programs.

This ended prisoners’ possibilities of obtaining any of these academic credentials except for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program, and in 2010 the Maryland General Assembly under the direction of

Gov. O’Malley terminated the Department of Education sponsorship of all prison GED programs and transferred these programs into the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), which promptly gutted virtually all funding for these programs.

So here’s my question to the General Assembly: If a prisoner has $5,000, is he more likely to pay cash for several semesters at a community college to obtain a two-year degree to reduce his sentence by 60 days, or pay $5,000 to an attorney to request a reduction of sentence that could take years off his time?

If the General Assembly was ever serious about promoting prisoner education as a means to reform and rehabilitation, they should have passed this legislation three decades ago when there were some serious applied sciences, technical and college programs operating inside the prison system. This feel-good bill will accomplish nothing.

Douglas Scott Arey, No. 130196 EA-111
Jessup Correctional Institution

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