Letters to the Editor - April 8

April 07, 2012

May Easter be a time of love and prayer

To the editor:

Easter — that word has a certain ring to it.

It began long ago in a far away land. On a cold winter’s night, a little baby boy was born in a stable and laid in a manger. Shepherds tending their flocks had a visit from an angel who told them of His birth. They hurried, and finding Mary, Joseph and the babe, bowed in praise and worship. Returning, they told of things they heard and things they had seen.

This child was Jesus. He grew and found favor with God and man. His life is recorded in our Holy Bible. Love, compassion and forgiveness in His teaching, preaching and countless miracles. It also records His pain and suffering as He paid the price for our sins. Yes, He died, but He rose again and is living today.

He sits in our true churches, and walks in our homes and places of education, wherever we labor. He is present in our sports arena, which is so popular today. He sees our reaction to Easter. Let ours be one of love and prayer. Not to forget, Thanksgiving.

Frances Moats

Recycling editorial was right on target

To the editor:

Thanks for your editorial on recycling. I have been baffled by the county’s odd approach. Removing the bins instead of finding a way to make them work is short-sighted.

I and many others make an effort to use them. Once they are gone, it will be easiest to put everything in the trash — no new cost to a former recycler, but a new burden on the landfill. The county’s proposal to sponsor a trial program exclusively with a company that proposed it is lazy and foolish for not entertaining competitive alternatives.

You were gentle with the county for not lampooning this weak, no-bid idea. After some quick research, I found a better, cheaper alternative that is not dependent on the county helping generate sufficient volume. 

Again, thanks for your strong comment. I would like to see your editorial pen used more often.

Steve Weiss

Easter is message of God’s perfect love

To the editor:

My sister has a beautiful rose garden in her backyard, but it does not come without a price. In order to pick the fragrant flowers, one must maneuver through the maze of sharp thorns before reaching the prize. Even after snipping the stem of a colorful bud, the prickly thorns can still be a hazard.

When people tell me they do not believe the story of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, I picture how He suffered with a real crown of thorns being pressed into His head before He was nailed to the cross at Calvary. The agony, mental torment and humiliation will never be completely understood, even with such portrayals as “The Passion of the Christ” movie, because what was endured is beyond description.

Easter is the message of God’s perfect love. It is about Jesus Christ reaching into a world full of thorns to pick the rose of salvation and then gently offering it to all of mankind. The gift of God’s grace given at the cross is one of beauty, but came at the highest cost for Christ to be able to say, “It is finished.”

Kate Prado

Bike paths, trees are wasteful projects

To the editor:

Today’s paper (March 29) included a story on grants received for Hagerstown bike paths and more trees. This city and Washington County waste more money on useless projects.

I have seen one person in several years ride on a bike path. Trees are always being planted and who takes care of them?

The circle by City Park is a joke. People are always fantasizing about beautification. Plant them and then neglect them.

I do not understand why all these grants are being issued and why the Humane Society doesn’t get much needed assistance. This is an ongoing organization that gets very little credit for their huge undertaking.

I certainly want to thank all those groups and individuals who truly care about all animals, not just theirs. They donate supplies and money, no matter how small.

Where would this community be without the Humane Society? You’d soon find out if they were extinct.

So a huge thank you to our Humane Society’s volunteers and to director Paul Miller and Katherine Cooker for their tireless jobs of caring for all animals who end up at the Humane Society.

So start thinking and doing for these good people. I’m sure God is so proud of them for caring for His creatures. Because irresponsible people sadly will always exist.

Rosalee Meyers

Perhaps Romney should take a civics course

To the editor:

It would be great if all the money spent on education eradicated ignorance, bigotry and poor judgment. But it doesn’t. The recent primary elections proved that point.

If I were a Harvard graduate, I would be mortified to be a fellow alumnus with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. I am sure my ancestors who attended Harvard in the 17th century are uneasy in their graves with that thought.

Instead of proposing programs to solve the nation’s problems, Romney trots out stale old Republican nonsense, refusing to give President Obama credit for his incredible achievements, vis-a-vis the economy and foreign affairs. He talks as if the president makes laws and regulations interpreting them. He talks as if the president imposes taxes. If he believes these errors, he should take a course in civics to relieve his ignorance. If he does not believe what he is saying, his nose should grow longer.

Harold C. Craig Jr.
Emmitsburg, Md.

Alloway’s leadership was evident in his youth

To the editor:

I had the opportunity to work with Rich Alloway, both at the junior and senior high school level at Chambersburg High School, while I was working as an assistant football coach for the school district.

Even as a young man, Rich displayed a strong work ethic, and that sense of ethics helped him perform well as a member of the Trojans football team. He was mature for his age and was a strong team-oriented player. Even then, as you can observe now, he was full of energy and very tenacious on the football field.

In his senior year, Rich was a team leader, and you could be sure as a coach that Rich would give you his best effort when on the field. Rich was a good athlete with great discipline, the kind of kid that a coach enjoys working with.

As a coach working with young people, you observe their character, dedication to the task, ability to work with a team, discipline skills and work ethic. As a young man, Rich displayed strong abilities in all these areas and you knew he was going to succeed in whatever he did in the future.

As our state senator, I have not been disappointed in what he has been able to accomplish during this first term in office. As a freshman, he has taken hold of the tough issues and has given us his best, and I for one have been very proud of him.

I know that he will run a re-election campaign with his team that is energetic and will stick to the issues, because that is what a good team player and leader does.

Rich could play on my team anytime, and on April 24 he has my enthusiastic support.

Steve Oldt
Shippensburg, Pa.

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