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Letters to the Editor - July 7

July 07, 2012

Immigration feels different this time


To the editor:

Tim Rowland’s article of Sunday, July 1, makes some good points about our forefathers. He fails to mention a very important fact that those immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, etc. mostly arrived here legally. Nobody seems to know how many Latinos are here legally. I believe this a unique situation in our country’s history. Every time efforts are made to try and document the number of illegal people the cry of violations of civil rights goes up.

Are these undocumented people contributing to our tax base or Social Security base? Does anyone really know? Or are they just using resources for which they cannot pay? How many of the Latino population that are citizens are sympathetic to their undocumented friends and relatives situation enough that their vote is influenced by it? Are they willing to vote based on mainly this issue?  These are large issues and until we get answers we cannot guess how the influx of this wave of immigrants will affect the future.

Rowland perhaps has these answers available to him. He seems to be content to tell us to just take this in stride like was done with other groups of immigrants. I hope he is right. 


Samuel Weisbecker
Hagerstown



Power company wants you to have service


To the editor:

Well it’s summer, and summer in the Mid-Atlantic means two things: It’s hot and it’s stormy. The latter is why I’m writing to you today.

The storm that ripped through our area this past weekend was, quite plainly, a doozy.  People in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia are still, as of this writing, without power. This has caused an uproar from power subscribers who are complaining. 

It’s one thing to be upset; it’s another to be downright malicious.  My father works for Potomac Edison. He has for about 20 years.  Since last Friday, he has been going into work at 11 p.m. and coming home at 4 p.m. the next day — all in an effort to get the power back on in the rural areas of West Virginia. 

He, along with dozens of other men and women, have been leaving for work tired and coming back tired. They understand what it means to be without air conditioning when it’s 100 degrees outside.  After all, the linemen have to be protected head to toe. It shouldn’t take much to understand that they’re probably hotter than you are right now. 

And yet despite all that work, many people are ungrateful. A lineman was followed out of a gas station by an upstanding member of the community spouting racial slurs and other insults a few nights ago. 

Another person called the service station to report that a child had been electrocuted. It was a false call, made in an effort to get lines crews to that area to get the power back on. My father and his co-workers at the service station were sick. 

The crew that responded to the call frantically called the police in an effort to locate the child. Calls were made to hospitals to find out what happened. 

Sometimes, humanity can be downright disgusting. There is a process to getting the power back on. People need to understand that those men and women in the white trucks and at the central office want the power back on just as much as those without it do.  There were people continuing to work like this through the rest of the week.

My father wasn’t one of them. Instead, on Thursday morning, he left with a group of teens from his church to go to Honduras in an effort to make like a little easier for people who have lived in heat like this without electricity for their entire lives. Perspective — some people just lack it.

I, however, do not, and so I look at my father and all the men and women he works with at Potomac Edison and I say thank you. 


Garet Hanshew
Hagerstown



Not all equality is created equally

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To the editor:

The July 3 column, “Equality, not taxes, inspired our founders,” gave me much pause to ponder. Mr. Pizzigati is much concerned about equality, but is his concern “equal opportunity” or “equal outcome”?

There is a difference, and it’s a big one.

My study of our American history persuades me that our founding fathers were fighting for “equal opportunity.”

Their term for this was and still is “Liberty.”


Del. Larry D. Kump, District 52
Berkeley-Morgan Counties

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