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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 7

November 07, 2012

Hagerstown has the “opportunity of a lifetime”


To the editor:

For Hagerstown, the stadium may not be “THE” answer; however, no one project is “THE” answer. The stadium represents, like Mayor Bruchey has said, “…an opportunity of a lifetime” and would be a huge step towards a successful downtown revitalization.

The stadium is just a part of what can be a much larger plan for downtown. It’s never one single entity, but rather the sum of all parts, that will lead to a thriving downtown community.

For all the fiscal concerns of the stadium, we need to be equally concerned with the potential economical impact if we lose minor league baseball. While the stadium would be home to the Suns, it would not belong to the Suns. It would be Hagerstown’s. Providing us as citizens a reason to come downtown will only lead to further development and revitalization, as well as a reduction in crime as our downtown community can rise up and become the city center it deserves to be.

While cost typically dominates all projects, we need to find ways to make this project work rather than give up on it just because of the cost or the apprehension of change. We need to ask how we can make this project become a reality rather than just shelving or discouraging it. We need to get behind our community leaders and support the growth of our community while we look to grow and move forward.

We are not Washington or Baltimore, and we are not Frederick. We are Hagerstown. We are a Hagerstown that is “a great place to live, work and play.” Let’s look toward our community’s future. Let us become a growing, thriving and sound community, and let’s stop with the stubbornness, negative and “opt out” attitudes that have been all too common in years past.

Paul Corderman
Hagerstown



Veteran says Bartlett helped him get his benefits


To the editor:

True story. I applied for VA benefits in 2010 through the State of Maryland Veterans Benefits office in Hagerstown. Approximately six months went by before I heard any reply from the VA. Then, I received a form letter telling me that my claim was under review.

After about one year, my claim was denied. I immediately went back to the State of Maryland Veterans Benefits office in Hagerstown to reapply the claim. The service officer there said I should receive some benefits because of my time spent in Vietnam (1966). About six months later, I received another form letter telling me my claim was under review. After another six months of hearing nothing, I called the VA office in Hagerstown to see if they had any new information regarding my claim for VA benefits. They said they had heard nothing.

After waiting for another three months, I told my wife, “It’s time to call in the heavyweights.” I phoned Roscoe Bartlett’s office in Hagerstown and the lady there said, “Thanks for calling. We will get right on it.” She asked me to fax my service records to her, and to make a long story short, within three weeks after my initial phone call to Rep. Bartlett’s office, I had my VA disability benefits papers on my kitchen table. I was granted full VA benefits and a service-connected disability pension also.

Needless to say, Rep. Bartlett gets things done.

Harold L. Kline
Clear Spring



Powell should stay current in his own discipline


To the editor:

Allan Powell is a strange sort of philosopher. In the past, he has treated us to commentary on books by thinkers such as Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking. This is ironic when one considers that Dawkins’ disdain for philosophy is well-known and that in Hawking’s latest book, “The Grand Design,” Hawking writes that “philosophy is dead.” This is odd when one realizes that: 1). Mr. Powell is a philosopher and 2). Science cannot be done without philosophy. For example, scientists assume that reason and the scientific method allow us to accurately understand the world around us. However, that cannot be proved by science itself. This is a philosophical assumption.

Even more recently, we learned that Powell and thinker E.O. Wilson have little patience for people of faith. What Powell and company seem to be ignorant of is that over the past half-century the field of philosophy has experienced a Christian renaissance.

As atheist philosopher Quentin Smith laments: “Naturalists passively watched as realist versions of theism, most influenced by [Alvin] Plantinga’s writings, began to sweep through the philosophical community, until today perhaps one-quarter or one-third of philosophy professors are theists, with most being orthodox Christians … God is not “dead” in academia; he returned to life in the late 1960s and is now alive and well in his last academic stronghold — philosophy departments.” 

Philosophy is not dead, and by implication, neither is God. Perhaps Mr. Powell would do well to stay current in his own discipline. He may just discover the God who has been there all along.

Chad A. Gross
Hagerstown



Columnist Callaham would get my vote for office


To the editor:

I am somewhat surprised that you printed Ms. Forrest’s letter (Oct. 28). Never met her, but it’s pretty factual and the left is not going to like you.

As a side note, let the record also show that I really enjoyed Mr. Callaham’s column for a change. We sure have differences of opinions, but honesty ranks very high on my chart of life. I would now vote for him for any government office.

Charles Suggs
Smithsburg

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