Letters to the Editor - Sept. 5

September 05, 2012

A great man, a great town

To the editor:

I had the pleasure of attending the memorial for Maurice Snyder and the Garden State Tannery in Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport on Aug 24. What a lovely event.

Maurice Snyder was “Mr. Williamsport.” A life long resident and a man who truly loved his community, he made quite a difference in everything he was involved in. And he knew the history of Williamsport backwards and forwards. Sadly, Maurice passed away in June of this year at the age of 98. An incredible life he lived, and I am proud to call him my friend.

Some of his family members were in attendance for this wonderful event — his daughter, son and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I know it touched them deeply to have Maurice remembered in this way. And believe me, Maurice would have given it a hearty hurrah and I know he did up in heaven.

The event also celebrated the many, many years that the tannery was a flourishing business in Williamsport and gave a thank you to many of its employees who came out to join in the celebration.

The town band was there, along with Nelson Diehl and they performed songs of joy and Americana. And that’s what this was, true Americana at its best. The color guard was there, represented by the Marine Corps. We all stood and sang the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance. What a true blessing it was. I feel truly privileged to be a part of this wonderful, patriotic community of Williamsport. I don’t live there, but I do work there and have come to know so many of its fantastic, down-to-earth residents.

I hope and pray that these kinds of events continue throughout the years, despite all the insanity and chaos in the world today. This was a little spot in time that hearkens back to the “good old days” that we all must strive to keep alive. God Bless American and the Town of Williamsport.

Dana Thompson

Responsible spending starts in Hagerstown

To the editor:

We are in opposition to the construction of a proposed multi-use sports and events center planned for downtown Hagerstown at the corner of East Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue for the following reasons:

• This unnecessary facility calls for $30 million in funding.

• We would spend $60,000 each year for six years of hotel-motel taxes collected by the county.

• The Maryland structural deficit for FY 2014 will be $406 million; for FY 2015 it is projected to be $526 million.

• Soaring deficits and mounting debt have deadly effects on an already struggling economy.

• We are weakening the dollar, accelerating inflation, and effectively making foreign goods more expensive and depressing our own wages.

There is only one way to end chronic annual deficits and that’s to have responsible government spending. Let’s start in Maryland; let’s start in Washington County; let’s start in Hagerstown; let’s start with an unnecessary multi-use sports and events center.

The estimated cost for helping to clean the Chesapeake Bay is approximately $259 million for Hagerstown and $63 million for Washington County.

We beseech you to live within our means and do your job. Cut waste, abuse and eliminate unnecessary spending. Saving our historic Municipal Stadium, where the City of Hagerstown has been controlling interest and ownership would be a step in the right direction, to put funds back into Hagerstown.

Penny Nigh
Candidate for Hagerstown City Council

Complacency is no longer an option

To the editor:

Recently a friend sent me a link to a no-kill animal shelter hoping to adopt out a puppy that had been neglected and left to die in a high-kill shelter. It occurred to me at that moment that I am discouraged with America and the lack of empathy and humanity that once made this country great.

As I listen to the never-ending presidential campaign commercials and political rhetoric, I realize that it is the people of America that make us great, or at this point not so great.

I remember a great country that was densely populated with people who felt empathy for their fellow Americans and were unstoppable in their support of each other.

Did we suddenly just give up?

Have we become so cynical that we just do not care about the plight of our fellow man? Why do we not want to know the suffering of others and extend our hand to help?

Wake up my fellow Americans; it is the people of this country who make us great, not our government. No presidential candidate will change this country — it is up to the citizens.

Stop pointing the finger of blame and be part of the change you want to see in America.

We should invest our efforts in making America great again through our collective motivation toward equality, diversity, humanity, the American dream and patriotism.

We have potential that can only be achieved through our united contributions. No more complaining, just action to bring about change you want to see in our country.

Politicians work for us; we elected them so let’s make them earn their salaries.

Don’t assume a homeless person is trying to scam you; give $1 or whatever you can spare. You have no idea when that $1 will change a life. Spay and neuter your pets. Donate to your local food banks and homeless shelters with time, money or both.

Seek new ways to support your elderly friends, neighbors or strangers so that they can afford both food and medication. Understand government and know how you can make changes. Complacency is no longer an option.

Laurie A. Brewer

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