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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 14

January 14, 2013

MLK supper an opportunity for service

To the editor:

I am a student at Kaplan University who is interning at Volunteer Washington County. I will be hosting an MLK Day Supper at the Boys & Girls Club on Jan. 17. Planning this event has been a great opportunity for me to learn something new, and I hope it’s as rewarding for the youth at the Boys & Girls Club.

During this event, the youth will have a chance to reflect on and talk about Dr. King’s legacy of service to others. They will discuss his famous words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?” and explore ways they can be of service and help strengthen our community.

We all want someone to do things for us, but what we don’t realize is what we have to offer others. This is a way to ask ourselves what we have to give and how it benefits us. Hopefully, this will be an opportunity for the youth to ask themselves what skills and talents they have that can benefit others.

Volunteering is a way of giving back to others and helping those who need support. Volunteering provides a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and develop organizational abilities. The MLK Day Supper is a way to have our youngest generation contribute their ideas and talents, and to be welcomed into the community, be productive and active members of the community and realize what they can do for others. Volunteering promotes healthy lifestyles and encourages life-long service.

For many, the best gift they can give is the gift of volunteering, which made me who I am today. By helping others, hopefully I can continue to help someone feel better or maybe even change the quality of their life. Volunteering is a chance to make not only someone else feel good, but also to make yourself feel valued.

Jessica Rinehart, intern
Volunteer Washington County


Hammers, clubs kill more people than rifles, shotguns

To the editor:

On Dec. 14, 2012, 26 children and adults were senselessly gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Politicians, talking heads, celebrities and other headline grabbers used this tragic occasion to grandstand for stricter gun-control laws and longer waiting periods for background checks on individuals seeking to purchase various types of guns and rifles.

Let’s look at the facts: The 2011 criminal statistics tallied by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that 323 murders were committed by rifles or shotguns. On the other hand, there were 496 murders committed by hammers and clubs.

I bet these are not statistics you are going to read about in the New York Times or Washington Post or see reported on CBS, NBC and ABC.

Now let’s use a little bit of logic with the statistics. Since more people were killed with hammers and clubs than rifles and shotguns, that should logically mean that there should be a 14-day waiting period to do background checks on people who want to purchase claw hammers, right?

Steve McAbee
Hagerstown

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