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Letters to the Editor - May 11

May 10, 2012

Petition’s goal is to put redistricting on ballot

To the editor:
Due to the congressional redistricting plan put in place by Gov. O’Malley, for at least the next 10 years Western Maryland will be in the same congressional district as Montgomery County. Congressman Bartlett’s seat will likely go to a representative from the Montgomery County area.
This is not about Democrat or Republican. The question is: Do you want to be represented by someone with the interests of a rural area or one from a densely populated urban setting?
You should have a say over where your tax money goes and how it is spent.
Gov. O’Malley’s plan can be stopped. A petition is available now to place the redistricting map on the ballot for voters to decide. Please go to MDPetitions.com to sign the petition. For further information, or if you would like a petition mailed to you, you may call 410-774-0121.
Do it now and encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Donald Hineman
Hagerstown


Students, teacher to be commended for project

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To the editor:
Opening the newspaper or listening to the gloom and doom on TV and radio blots out the “real people” that live in our midst.
On May 1, Greencastle-Antrim High School presented a documentary titled “The Glorious & The Brave,” sharing the stories of eight World War II and Holocaust survivors.
Martina Fagen and her students spent several years and countless hours interviewing, gathering information, editing, filming and writing the stories for the book and CD.
As the stories were told by the eight survivors, one had to reflect on a time gone by, but should never be forgotten. Man’s inhumanity to man must be told over and over in the hope that, in remembering, our world can become one of unity and peace.
As a participant in this event, I am unable to express the admiration for all of the students and Martina Fagen, who gave so much of their time and talents to bring us this story of a time long past.
Thank you, Martina, and your students, who made this documentary and book a reality.
May we always remember our fight for freedom and be thankful for the United States of America.

Sylvia Bonebrake
State Line, Pa.

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