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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 21

November 21, 2012

New left-turning lanes were well designed


To the editor:

I have lived in Hagerstown most of my life and have seen countless changes in our city. Two fairly recent changes have dealt with new traffic patterns in areas that I often travel. Both changes involve the addition of a second left-turning lane at an intersection.

We have seen an additional left-turning lane on Leitersburg Pike intersecting at Northern Avenue onto Eastern Boulevard.  Very recently, we have seen an additional left-turning lane on Marsh Pike intersecting at Longmeadow Road. The city thoughtfully considered the rising congestion at both of these intersections and invested wisely in the addition of “extra” left-turning lanes. Each “extra” turning lane was designed in a manner to allow the most amount of traffic through on a green light. When approached at an appropriate speed, the curves of the lanes allow vehicles to ease together as the lanes merge into one after the turn. The result is relieved congestion at both of these busy intersections.

My concern is with individuals who do not use these additional turning lanes and accelerate across each intersection in an effort to “cut off” those who are using them. It is my anticipation that the people of Hagerstown will recognize the intent of these additional left-turning lanes and use them appropriately. They were designed well and serve a legitimate purpose.

DeAnn Morrison   
Hagerstown



Maryland should ask God for forgiveness


To the editor:

Oh, dear! What has my dear State of Maryland done in signing a bill that supports same-sex marriage? Remember Bette Davis standing on the steps and calling out, “Fasten your seat belts, we may be in for a bumpy ride?” This could come true for us.

This is strictly a no-no, don’t go there, don’t do that. How far are we going to drift from right thinking and right actions? Changes must take place, but hopefully changes for better, not worse.

We need to put goodness and Godliness in everything we do. We have made a boo-boo, and God allows this so the consequences can teach us lessons we need to learn, such as right from wrong, true from false, salvation from damnation.

We will be patient and wait on the Lord. He holds the future. We can welcome each day as a gift, which it is, and do the best we can. Our past mistakes forgiven, hopefully there won’t be too many more. God will take us through, one day at a time.

Thank God for life, its ups and downs, gains and losses, sicknesses and health, sorrow and joy. Maryland, ask God for His forgiveness. Get on the right path to a glorious future.

Frances Moats
Hagerstown



GOP must accept that country has changed


To the editor:

They say money can’t buy you happiness. They’re right. You can look back and see history on Nov. 6, 2012 — the day Citizens United died.

The GOP tried everything to beat the president. They spent $1.3 billion. That’s billion! Plus, some states cut early voting hours in half. And there were fewer voting machines in some states.

And guess what? Not one of those things happened in a state with a Democratic governor. Texas, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania had long lines. And the people stayed in line, some for seven hours to vote. That’s crazy.

Like I said, in every state they had a Republican governor. Conspiracy? No. It’s a fact.

The GOP needs to change. No one says you can’t be pro-life; I respect you for that, but don’t try to shove your beliefs down everyone else’s throat. That’s your big mistake; you don’t like government telling you what to do, but you want to tell everyone else what to do.

The GOP has its beliefs; that’s fine. The Democrats have theirs; that’s fine. Just respect those beliefs. Don’t try to suppress people who don’t think like you; that’s not American.

You say you want your country back. Where’d it go? You mean this country back in the 1950s. That’s fine; the rich paid 90 percent in taxes.

The GOP has to accept the country has changed. This is the 21st century. You’ve got to change with it or there will not be another Republican president for the next 20 to 30 years.

Rodney A. Guessford
Hagerstown



Woe to those who voted for things condemned by God


To the editor:

Thank the Lord that in America we do have the right to vote in the elections, to make our preferred choices to be known, which are based upon our own thoughts and hopeful expectations.

But, woe to the ones who voted for things that are so vividly condemned in the Word of God. The ones of us who have proven in our own lives that God says what He means, and means what He says about pouring His wrath out upon all ungodliness.

Cry out for mercy in saying “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Lest we all forget: The laws of this country (or of this state) will not be our judge one day. The Word of God will be!

Nancy Martin
Hagerstown

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