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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 29

November 29, 2012

The Salvation Army needs the help of volunteers


To the editor:

Thanksgiving is gone and Christmas is fast coming upon us, and it is time to begin thinking of The Salvation Army Christmas Dinner and all those it helps.

For the past several years, we have served close to 600 people both at the Army building on Lincoln Way West and by delivering to clients of Meals on Wheels and office of aging, as well as anyone else who needs a meal.

We always need help in a number of ways. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, wrap presents, decorate The Salvation Army lunch room, deliver to the homebound and serve the meal to those who come to the door, some of whom are children.

We like to make sure those we serve get to feel the spirit of the holiday by receiving a present with their meal and as always need donations of presents, for every age, but especially for our senior citizens. For many of them, without us, they wouldn’t be able to celebrate the holiday. They live alone and often either have no family or only family who live far away. I know that Christmas is a special time for kids — as it should be — but I hate to think of anyone sitting alone with no one to make the day special.

Since we use Salvation Army foods, I like to replace what we use, so the Army has enough for its everyday purposes, and ask for food donations as well as presents.

I know how important we are to those we serve, as I have received phone calls from people who say the only present they received was the one we gave them and delivery people, some with tears in their eyes, tell me about those who dressed up in their Christmas finery just to receive them.

This is my 21st year as chairman of the event, and I can tell you through all those years the one constant is the feeling of joy in helping others, either by being there to help or by donating gifts and food.

For more information, you may contact me at 717-263-2151 or 717-360-2407. Thank you in advance for making this a special time for those in need.

Lynne Newman
Chambersburg, Pa.



You might be a Republican if ...


To the editor:

If you live between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia but voted like you were in Mississippi or Alabama, you might be a Republican.

If you complained that race was a factor in the percentage of blacks who voted for Obama but didn’t think that the 89 percent of whites who voted for Romney in Mississippi and Alabama involved race, you might be a Republican.

If you celebrated winning the Confederacy in the election of 2012 while forgetting that Abraham Lincoln, the first leader of your party, defeated the Confederacy once and for all in 1865, you might be a Republican.

If you didn’t sign a modern petition to secede from the United States but still think the recent election was all about taking “your” country back, you might be a Republican.

If you can justify to yourself abandoning common sense and substituting the far-fetched arguments of your leaders of potential lawsuits that might hurt the nation’s credit rating as an excuse for your party casting only a few votes for the bill that passed guaranteeing equal pay for equal work for women, you might be a Republican.

If you live in Pennsylvania and think that voter ID as a requirement for voting is a good idea in spite of the fact your attorney general had to admit in court that voter fraud in your state was virtually nonexistent, you might be a Republican.

If you simplistically fear that the country has reached some kind of imaginary tipping point where there are more takers than makers, you might be a Republican.

If you think compromise is the same as surrender, you might be a Republican.

Ken Hollar
Hagerstown

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