Letters to the Editor - June 17

June 17, 2012

Father, grandfather gives his best to his family

To the editor:

“He put God first, family second, above all else. That’s the mark of a great father and a great Christian leader.”

I witnessed this quote under my father. He always had time for us because he put God first in our home.

I had the best life growing up. I remember when I was a little girl my dad always made time for me. Saturday mornings were the best because I would wake up to the smell of breakfast cooking. I would go out and my dad would always be at the kitchen table reading his Bible and drinking coffee. We would all sit down together and eat breakfast, and then my dad would read the Bible and we would have devotions.

Recently, my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My family and I were encouraged with the outpouring of love from our friends. Everyone seems to have a fond memory of a moment they shared with my dad and they would share that with me along with saying that they would pray for him. We are thankful that God took care of him and healed him.

My dad has the biggest heart of anyone I know. It didn’t matter what time of day or night, he would always be there for whoever needed him. Our phone would ring off the hook some days, but he always made time for whoever called.

My dad is the best Pappy in the world. My children adore him. He puts all aside and gives 100 percent of his attention to them. My dad had the opportunity of leading my daughter to the Lord on June 4. I am glad that my daughter will always have that memory of her Pappy.

We love you, Dad!

Johnny, Sara, Savannah and Bryant Miles
Mercersburg, Pa.

Suns shone on Pa. couple’s wedding day

To the editor:

We recently held our wedding — yes, a wedding — at Municipal Stadium at a Hagerstown Suns baseball game. We must say we had a wonderful day.

The staff responded quickly and positively to all of our questions and requests, they added many special elements to our very special day and they treated our guests remarkably well. We were seeking a unique, fun and memorable wedding, and the Hagerstown Suns delivered. We heard from many of our guests that it was the best wedding they had ever attended. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience.

The Hagerstown Suns proved to us that baseball isn’t the only thing they do amazingly well.

Thelma and Christopher Reibsome
Chambersburg, Pa.

Health staff needs to be maintained in school setting

To the editor:

I am quite concerned about the recent cut in funding for the school health program to pay for teacher pensions. While I understand that this is an additional burden on the county, I do not think that it was a wise decision to have all of the funding removed from one program.

Prior to the institution of this program, students were provided medications, treatments and sick evaluations by school secretaries. School health personnel have the skills to deal with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, food allergies and seizure disorders. More and more students are coming to school with complex health conditions that need the expertise of school health nurses to plan for their care in the school setting. National statistics show that 15 percent to 18 percent of children and youth have some sort of chronic health condition, and that one in five students is diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year. School nurses spend 32 percent of their time providing mental health services, including working with the school team in early identification, referral and follow-up to provide these individuals with a positive school experience. The school nurse is responsible for developing an emergency care plan and training staff to deal with emergency situations.

School health staff need to be maintained in the school setting. Decreasing the staff in a wholesale manner will be detrimental to students, parents and school staff. There are national standards that need to be considered in any restructuring of the school health program.

Linda D. Humbert, RN, MPH, MBA

O’Malley’s policies have no place in Washington County

To the editor:

Imagine private investors battling each other to build a new Hagerstown Suns stadium. Sadly, Washington County residents will have to continue to dream, as business people pass the region by because of Gov. O’Malley’s insistence on more spending and higher taxes.  

Investors with private capital are attracted to states where taxes are low, regulations make sense, and state budgets are properly balanced. More individuals will take risks on starting up a business, or in our case building a new stadium, when they feel there is a good chance to succeed. Thanks to Gov. O’Malley, Maryland has shut out these types of entrepreneurs.

One just has to look at Virginia to see how less spending and less government make for a vibrant economy. Two years ago, they lured Fortune 100 defense giant Northrop Grumman to move their headquarters to Northern Virginia instead of Maryland. It’s no surprise Virginia has a lower unemployment rate than Maryland. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation ranks Virginia as one of the most “business friendly” states in the country.

With the possibility of property tax hikes coupled with government employee pension shifts, county budgets are going to be tight. Working-class families will not be able to absorb any more tax hikes. The last thing local elected officials in Washington County should do is take budgeting tips from the Annapolis crowd by moving forward with a new stadium solely at the taxpayers’ expense. This model failed in Aberdeen, Md., where Ripken stadium has nearly bankrupted the town, and it won’t work in Washington County either.

Local officials need to have the backbone to stop wasteful and risky spending. We’re in a recession. When families are barely scraping by and living from paycheck to paycheck, they don’t go out and buy a Mercedes. The same goes for our county government.

It’s not that we oppose a new stadium for the Suns, we just believe Washington County can’t afford it and needs to find private investors to pay for it.  Thanks to politicians like Martin O’Malley, this may be a difficult task.

Nick Loffer and Lynda Evans

Editor’s note: Nick Loffer is the political director for Americans for Prosperity Maryland and Lynda Evans is vice president of the Hagerstown Patriots.

Columnist should be grateful he lives in America

To the editor:                                                                              

One more time the opinion of Allen Powell has to be redressed for his op-ed in our paper dated June 8, 2012, regarding “American Exceptionalism” being an undeserving claim. It seems that someone who so dominates with his opinion in our community should from time to time say something patriotic about our country.

He writes “until we excel in dispensing justice, achieving a more equitable sharing of our wealth, reducing the amount of poverty, providing for the health of our people, and protecting our environment from ruin, we have no moral authority” for stating that we are the greatest nation that the earth has ever seen. This is just the opinion of a columnist who is lost in his study of the history of the world. Is there no recognition that he has enjoyed the greatest freedom ever available to mankind by living in America?

Central government is not the answer to all our needs as a people. Pride in our accomplishments as a republic is not the reason for our nation not meeting the many needs of its people. Criticism of social inequalities is misspent in a country where the opportunity to succeed monetarily and personally is unlimited. The function of our government is not intended to acquire “social justice” and a sharing of wealth. It is to protect our God-given rights as expressed in the Constitution. And yes, sometimes this requires the defense of our world interests.

Socialist pragmatism has never done a thing for the people under its control. But it has driven people to rely on government for everything from birth to death. It produces nothing more than a “nanny state” for which the people look to it for redemption of their personal ineptness. It results in the power of a few over the populace, nothing more.

It may be difficult for you Mr. Powell, but an expression of thanks for your country and its blessings is in order.

Ned A. Garrett

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