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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 8

November 08, 2012

We should thank veterans, active military for our freedom


To the editor:

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor and remind us to thank our vets and active military. Have you ever thought where we would be without them? I have, and let me tell you, it is not a pretty thought. I could never do their job. It is not a gift-giving day as such, but there is a gift involved — our freedom and safety. It is a gift from our military to us civilians.

Living close to Antietam Battlefield with all the re-enactments going on recently was a little disturbing at times. The noises and sights offered the realization of what the people must have experienced all those years ago and a reminder that it could be today. There was the sound of cannons and guns in the distance, and soldiers (re-enactors) going past our house. It just gave me shivers.

Then, there was a helicopter flying low and I wondered who they were and what they were doing. It made me think of our troops that have been in situations where they have heard and seen those things. The fear and mixed feelings they must have felt, and I am sure that memories never leave them. Many are experiencing it right this minute in war zones. 

Be thankful we have our military to protect us and to remind us to move closer to God as He is still in control. The world is crazy these days, but we can’t give up. 

Take time to thank a veteran or current military person. It doesn’t matter which war or if they even served in wartime; he or she enlisted to be ready if needed to fight. Say a prayer for all of them and for families of fallen heroes. Thank you to all of you who are serving or have served. We can sleep better at night knowing you and God are protecting us.

A big thank you to my family who has served — my dad, husband, brother and sons. God bless you all.

Darlene Hoffman
Sharpsburg



Disturbing pattern has emerged in Obama administration


To the editor:

Hans, put the Kool-Aid down and back away from the table. Your response (Oct. 31) to David Limbaugh’s editorial answered nothing for me.

Let’s look at what disturbs me about the Obama administration.

Keystone pipeline: The administration’s first response was that the decision was to be delayed until after the election.

Fast and Furious: Executive privilege was not declared until it was not possible to have a court ruling on the release of documents until after the election. 

Bargaining with the Russians: It is possible to be more flexible after the election.

Transparency on the events in Libya: Not until after an investigation that would not be finished until after the election.

Taxes and most costs for Obamacare: Most not starting until January 2013 (after the election).

Investigation into White House leaks: Investigation wouldn’t be done until after the election.

Working in a bipartisan way with Congress: Can be done after the election. Why wasn’t it done in the last 3 1/2 years if it is possible? Do you see a pattern? 

Larry L. Smith
Warfordsburg, Pa.

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