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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 12

September 12, 2012

Sandra Fluke’s strange new female world

To the editor:

To listen to women like Sandra Fluke rail against Republicans, you would think each and every conservative woman has been kept locked in a woodshed the last hundred years and hasn’t the faintest idea of what it is to be a strong and independent individual.

I like how the Amplified Bible states it in Proverbs 31:10, “A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman — who can find her?” This woman not only is an excellent companion to her husband, a blessing to her children, but is a very astute business woman. Verse 16 says, “She considers a (new) field before she buys or accepts it.” She is a person who aids the poor and “reaches out her filled hands to the needy (whether in body, mind or spirit.)”

She is not weak or easily manipulated for verse 25 declares, “Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure.”

The Proverbs 31 woman has a sound financial foundation and is able to bless her family, because verse 21 states, “for her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.” To put it into language of today, her family is well dressed and much of it is due to the wisdom she walks in.

Perhaps the liberal media has for so long hyped up Hollywood’s tainted version of relationships, that young women today no longer see part of having the “right over their own body,” as to not exposing themselves to every sexuality transmitted disease or unwanted pregnancies often ending up in abortions.

I do not agree with any woman being slandered by filthy name calling as Sandra Fluke was, but likewise the term “virtuous” seems to have become a dirty word in an ever increasing dirty world. Only time will tell what will be harvested not only in Fluke’s life, but our society as a whole, if our younger generation of women follows the same pathway.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown

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Low-water users penalized under county system



To the editor:

For several years I have been concerned and irritated by the billings from the Washington County Department of Water Quality for sewer service to this area of the county. My irritation stems from the use of an arbitrary 6,000 gallon per quarter minimum rate for establishing the charges.

I live alone, as do many other residents in the county billing area. For the past several years my average water consumption has been just under 3,000 gallons per quarter, or one-half of the amount upon which the county base is calculated.

I know of numerous others whose water usage is similar. This produces a usage charge for those of us so situated that is double the charge imposed on a hypothetical household actually using the 6,000-gallon base. Including the most recent billing, I calculate my per 1,000-gallon charge at approximately $30.50, vs. a user of 6,000 gallons at about $14.90 per thousand gallons. These figures do not take into account the State Bay Restoration Fund charge, which is outside of local control and a whole different issue.

Letters to the Department of Water Quality and the Board of County Commissioners have produced less than satisfactory explanations for the application of the arbitrary minimum amount presently applied.

I attended and testified at a commissioners “hearing” a few months ago when sewer rates were to be the subject of discussion. The “discussion” was perfunctory at best, an indication to me that decisions had already been made and the “hearing” was simply to satisfy legal requirements. My remarks were met with what could be described as “respectful silence” on the part of the board and the county administrator.

I would suggest that the county could take a page from the Hagerstown water billing structure. (The city supplies water service in my area). Several years ago they eliminated a minimum usage figure, setting up instead a fixed unit charge and a usage charge based on multiples of 1,000 gallons. This certainly provides a more equitable distribution of costs than the county’s inflated 6,000 gallon minimum base.

It would be interesting to hear other views on this issue.

W. R. Bloyer
Hagerstown

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