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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 11

February 11, 2013

Scouts say thanks to Clear Spring American Legion

To the editor:

The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America would like to publicly thank everyone at the Clear Spring American Legion for their support and friendship in allowing us to use their grounds to hold the Winter 2013 Camporee. We had close to 250 boys and adult leaders attend our event that focused on local Native American culture.

Scouts were able to build Native American dwellings, listen to the history of local Native American cultures, create medicine bags and honor feathers, and play Native American games such as lacrosse — and 127 were able to earn their Indian Lore merit badge over the weekend, an impressive number!

The leadership, members and staff of the Clear Spring American Legion were such gracious hosts, and we really could not offer such programs and camping opportunities without the support and help of the local community and community organizations such as the Clear Spring American Legion.

Thanks again for all you did serving our country and for helping future generations coming behind you.

Tyler C. Patton, district vice chairman, Washington County
Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America


NRA board members understand Second Amendment

To the editor:

In his letter to the editor published Feb. 7, Daniel Moeller states that the board of directors of the National Rifle Association are “confused about the meaning of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.” He goes on to describe the NRA board as ”gun-loving conservatives who advocate any gun, anytime for everyone, and the survival of those with the fastest trigger fingers.”

I believe the NRA board members are among the most informed citizens in America about the meaning of the Second Amendment and they do not advocate the unbridled gun violence that Moeller implies with his “fastest trigger fingers” comment.

The Second Amendment is clear. It simply states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This is the law of the land, and it is a correct and popular law.  Individuals such as Moeller and the country’s president and vice president are on the wrong side of history where gun ownership issues are concerned. The Second Amendment protects us all, and it is here to stay.

Moeller and like-minded people would do better to spend their time and energy going after those violent people among us who place us all in danger. That is the real problem.

Rodney Pearson Sr.
Keedysville



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