Letters to the Editor - Aug. 28

August 28, 2012

Pennsylvania Avenue is indeed dangerous

To the editor:

Referring to the letter of Frances Moats (Aug. 13) and the injury suffered by her grandson on Pennsylvania Avenue, Northern Avenue is indeed becoming a dangerous thoroughfare.

God was also with me on June 6 of this year, when I was the victim of a hit-and-run accident while standing on the shoulder of Pennsylvania Avenue near my house. The individual who hit me stopped long enough to see if I was dead or alive and when my wife came to my aide, mumbled something like, “I saw him there and I stopped.” He did not call 911 or the police for aid. He did not help my wife to get me up; he just got in his car and fled the scene.

My wife assumed that I had fallen and was too nervous and stunned to note any other particulars; therefore, no report was filed with the police. No witnesses came forward, and if anyone saw the accident, they were too rushed or too busy to render any aid. My family was able to get me to the hospital and as a result of this accident, I suffered a subdural hematoma lesion of the brain that has required two operations and may possibly require a third one.

A dangerous driving pattern has evolved with the advent of the speed cameras placed at North High and other schools. People slow down at the cameras, but as soon as they clear the camera’s range, they accelerate to dangerous speeds in an effort to make up the time lost at the school zone. Surely, this is happening in other areas. Police surveillance is now needed in the area immediately adjacent to the cameras, as it was needed then at the school zone. I thank the Lord every day for being alive and pray these accidents do not continue to occur.

Michael Rodriguez

County to offer battery recycling program

To the editor:

Gov. O’Malley has declared Sept. 29 as Interfaith Day of Service, with a priority on ending childhood hunger and protecting the environment. In response to Gov. O’Malley’s call “to harness the incredible power of community,” many religious affiliations, nonprofits and even one business in Washington County will be sponsoring events during the month of September to help address these issues.

Volunteer Washington County will be partnering with the Washington County government to sponsor a rechargeable battery recycling program. Batteries, when improperly disposed of, leak heavy metals into the soil, contaminating nearby waterways and streams. Tony Drury, Washington County’s recycling program coordinator, has provided invaluable guidance in establishing this program and will play a crucial role in transporting the collected batteries to the recycling center, Call 2 Recycle.

All rechargeable batteries, as well as battery packs from cell phones, cameras, laptops and power tools, will be accepted at seven sites throughout the county. Battery collections sites include:

 Volunteer Washington County’s office in the Red Cross building on Conrad Court

• Washington County offices at 100 W. Washington St.

• Forty West Landfill

• Greensburg Convenience Center

• Hancock Convenience Center

• Dargan Convenience Center

• Kaetzel Convenience Center

Get involved today. Help protect our environment by recycling your batteries. Every person can make a difference. Will you?

Bernadette Wagner, co-director
Volunteer Washington County

Church welcomes all, regardless of attire

To the editor:

On behalf of the Body of Christ in this area, I offer apologies for those of our brothers and sisters in faith who have declared that people must dress a certain way in church. Jesus didn’t say, “Come to me all you who are appropriately attired,” he said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-burdened …”

If you are well off and can afford nice dress clothes, come! If you are struggling to make it paycheck to paycheck and want to come in your work clothes, come! If you are homeless and only have the clothes on your back that you’ve been wearing for a few days, come! No matter who you are, come! And if you end up at a church that will not welcome you because you aren’t dressed well enough for them, we would welcome you at our church whatever you’re wearing.

Or to quote the great Martha Reeves (or David Bowie and Mick Jagger for the younger among us), “it doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there.”

The Rev. Kyle Powderly
The Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown

Wealth has nothing to do with candidates’ abilities to lead

To the editor:

What is this about Romney and his riches? Were Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, etc., rich?

Being well off financially has no bearing on how a person leads their country. What’s this about Romney using loopholes in the tax system? Would you, being of sound mind with these loopholes available to you, not utilize same? How many politicians serving in the House and Senate, of both parties, would you believe are taking advantage of these loopholes in the tax structure that now exists? If they can and do not, they are foolish.

What we have in the office of president is thinking, in a Third World concept, take from the rich and give to the poor, without consideration as to why they are in that situation. In addition, I would mention that the media, in general, are promoting their own agendas. The media should be neutral and just relate the facts.

It would be so enlightning if both candidates discuss our real problems and quit such foolishness. I will be ecstatic, hopefully, when this election is over.

Tom Wilhelm

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