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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 6

February 06, 2013

Residents want borough council meeting moved

To the editor:

The monthly Borough of Mercersburg council meeting is always held at Borough Hall at 113 S. Main St. in Mercersburg. The room this meeting is held in is small, holding about 25 people uncomfortably seated in the “public” area. This monthly meeting rarely has many public attendees, so the low capacity of the room is not a problem.

Recently, the business community and citizens of the Mercersburg area have become very involved in local government. Working together to understand how and why it runs, why it makes the choices it does and, specifically, why our police force has become unfriendly, anti-business and disengaged, in our opinion. This empowering of the community to exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and to petition the government for redress of grievances without fear of reprisal has dramatically increased the anticipated attendance at the next council meeting on Feb. 11.

The businesses, Chamber of Commerce and citizens have communicated this to the Borough of Mercersburg and requested the Feb. 11 meeting held in a location that will fit all attending. As of this writing, on Feb. 4, the Borough of Mercersburg states the meeting will not be relocated.

Fifty to 80 (or more) citizens and businesses of this region are expect to attend the meeting — the entire meeting, not just the “Public Comment” portion as we have heard some in this hamlet’s government assume. Some attending might have an interest in sharing comments and some want to learn about the newly formed “Police/Safety Committee,” but all want to participate in their governance, become active and remain vigilant.

We will attend the meeting regardless of location, and we anticipate the borough forcing us to stand in a hallway or outside. All we want is citizenry, community and commerce to work together daily for Mercersburg. We, the citizens and businesses of the Mercersburg Borough and surrounding region, implore you to hear us, relocate the meeting and provide a comfortable arena where inclusion, acceptance and progress may flourish.

Mary-Anne Gordon
Mercersburg, Pa.


Volunteer Washington County says thanks

To the editor:

Volunteer Washington County likes to say, “For our community to fulfill its potential, we don’t need a few people to do a lot; we need everybody to do just a little.” Fortunately, many local businesses supported Washington County’s Second Annual MLK Day of Service.

VWC would like to thank The Columbia Bank and Grease Monkey for financially sponsoring the E-Recycling Program and our partners, Freedom Electronics Recycling, Horizon Goodwill Industries, Washington County Government, Washington County Public Schools, Hagerstown Magazine and Penske for their service and gift-in-kind contributions valued at $3,800. In collaboration with our partners, VWC recycled more than 35,000 pounds of electronic equipment and kept it from entering the landfill. The computer components received by Horizon Goodwill, thanks to their partnership with Dell Connect, will fund 167 hours of job training in Washington County.

VWC would also like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring the MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities: Ewing Oil, Tim Fraker Signs, Bella Salon and Spa, and Planet Technologies. These businesses enabled our organization to host 17 volunteer opportunities involving 22 nonprofit organizations and 14 businesses, in which critical community needs were addressed.

VWC would like to express its gratitude to the business leaders who sponsored the MLK Day of Service Basketball Tournament, which was co-hosted by Memorial Recreation, and to those businesses and community groups who entered teams. Through their participation and generous support, an outdoor basketball court at Memorial Recreation will no longer be just a dream; it will be a reality.

VWC and Memorial Recreation would like to thank Meritus Health and Screentique for their gold- and silver-level sponsorships, respectively, and Toni Sandridge Insurance and Financial Services, Sheetz, Kaplan University and the City of Hagerstown for their bronze-level sponsorships.  We would also like to acknowledge the following teams for their participation and financial support: Team Swoosh, Police Athletic League, Memorial Recreation, Screentique, Smash Hit Records, Team Arete, Second Coming and Best Buy.

Bernadette Wagner, co-director
Volunteer Washington County


Hagerstown TEA Party wants to ‘set the record straight’

To the editor:

As the new year begins, we felt it an opportune time to set the record straight about exactly who we are.

“We the People, of The Hagerstown TEA Party, are a nonpartisan group of patriots concerned about government infringement of our individual rights and liberties. We strive to hold elected government officials accountable by encouraging citizens to be involved in local, state and national governing processes. We promote patriotism, capitalism and free markets, as well as personal and fiscal responsibility. We believe it is important to preserve and uphold The Constitution of the United States, as well as the freedom and liberties granted to us by our creator.”

Our mission statement states it best, and we wanted to let citizens know that we will be encouraging citizen participation in the upcoming legislative session in Annapolis and in Washington, D.C.

We do not take a position on social issues; we are about fiscal responsibility and the Constitution. We expect our leaders to uphold the Constitution and will be holding them accountable for their actions.

Every voice counts and you can make a difference. If you are interested in learning more about the Hagerstown TEA Party, send correspondence to Hagerstown TEA Party, P.O. Box 822, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or visit us on Facebook.

Nancy S. Allen
The Hagerstown TEA Party

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