Letters to the Editor - April 21

April 21, 2012

Participate in our 9/11 memorial

To the editor:

The Franklin County, Pa., 9/11  Veterans Memorial is under construction. It is located at Letterkenny Army Depot beside the historic chapel. It will be dedicated May 19 with a VIP ceremony thanks to a large group of volunteers.

You can be part of this effort to memorialize the events of that tragic day, to recognize the heroes and to remember our veterans.  And now is the time to do so.

If you act now, you can recognize someone important to you, perhaps a relative that serves or served in the armed forces or perhaps just your own personal hero or loved one that has been part of your life. You can do so by purchasing an inscribed paver brick that will be a permanent part of the memorial. Prices range from as little as $100 to $1,000 depending on the size of the paver.

We are also seeking sponsors for trees, benches and flags at varying rates as well. These will also have a permanent marker and would be an ideal gift for clubs, veteran organizations or community service groups to participate with.

Speaking of gifts, we can also provide the purchasers of a paver with a gift certificate to surprise the person that is being honored.  Any donors will also be invited to the ceremony that will include several nationally known participants.

In closing, we need your help to make this project a success. Call Ed Zimmerman at 717 267-1481 (, or visit our Franklin County 9/11 Memorial Facebook page and become a friend to be a part of this historic project. 

Warren Elliott
Mike Ross
Chuck Sioberg
The Rev. William Harter
9-11 Memorial Fund Committee

Vote for the principled candidate

To the editor:

Principled — defined as someone who uses a fundamental law or truth as a motivational force to guide his life. I wish to use this term in reference to three candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat in the Pennsylvania Republican Primary.

One is not principled who 1) claims to be a conservative Republican but was a Democrat and voted 45 years as such; 2) raised taxes nine times as a Plum Creek Supervisor, including a 33 percent increase in property taxes; 3) can’t remember whom he voted for in the presidential election of 2008. (Tom Smith).

One is not principled who 1) claims to be a Republican with a grass roots effort campaign when that grass roots is under the guise of the Republican Committee endorsed candidate; 2) campaigned for Joe Sestak, a liberal Democrat; 3) voted for Obama in the 2008 presidential election. (Steve Welch).

One is principled who turns down an invitation to a major political event sponsored by the Franklin County Republican Party, to be held two days before the primary election, because the event comes on Sunday — a day which he has reserved especially for God and family. (Sam Rohrer).

So please vote on April 24 for the man who embodies the real meaning of principled, Sam Rohrer.

Mary Burkholder
Chambersburg, Pa.

Worried about fraud? Try the ink route

To the editor:

On April 14, David Limbaugh wrote about voter fraud in an op-ed. He described a young man who said he was Eric Holder and was told to go ahead and vote by an inattentive poll worker.

The young man could have walked into any voting place anywhere and given any name to prove his point, but didn’t.

Limbaugh might have made the understatement of the year when he said he was “not a big fan of bipartisanship.” He did say, however, that he thought voter fraud was one issue all parties should address to get a “fair and transparent” solution.

People who are demanding people (such as elderly people with no photo ID) get something they don’t already have on voting day should have to get something they don’t already have, i.e., ink on their fingers.

What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.

People often display “I voted” stickers. The ink could take the place of that sticker. However, for the sake of some moralists and those too happy that their particular party won, perhaps middle fingers should be excluded.

Ken Hollar

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