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Letters to the Editor - April 4

April 04, 2013

Mayor needs to bone up on history


To the editor:

Mayor David Gysberts’ insensitive and irresponsible remark about clearing out old buildings and lamenting that we don’t have a war to do the job suggests he must not know that war not only clears out old buildings (see the fire bombing of Dresden during World War II), but also kills anyone living in those buildings. He says this to German teenagers who are from the most pacifist country on the planet.

But Mayor Gysberts, who happens to be the mayor of a city with a long tradition of history and the importance of history to its citizens, almost reminds me of Rip Van Winkle, who slept for 20 years and was surprised when he woke up that the country had changed. Maybe the mayor should visit the Miller House for an update.


Ronald L. Ballard
Hagerstown



Board of Education should move downtown


To the editor:

Seems like a no-brainer to have the Washington County Board of Education move downtown. One would assume that the board would respect the fact that the city and county are partners. Hagerstown is the county seat, isn’t it? Most of the county’s administrative offices are downtown. Certainly downtown businesses would thrive on all the potential additional revenue generated by the move. I am sure the city can make the numbers work for the BOE.

The board is negotiating for a location out of town and ready to feed the coffers of an out-of-area property owner. Whatever the cost difference may be, I feel quite confident both sides could sit down and work out an agreeable solution to both sides.


Jim Colombo
Hagerstown



As our owner, God calls the shots


To the editor:

When you own something, whether a car, a house or a business, you have the right to do with it as you choose. You can change the color of the car, remodel the home and run the business your way. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Well, what if there really is an almighty creator, God, who made it clear in his word, the Bible, that the world and everything in it was made for him and by him; he owns it all. And as the owner, he decided how it was to be run. He set forth many do’s and dont’s so that his people would know how best to function in an orderly society, and how to behave with one another so as to live in harmony. 

Commanding them to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth,” he gave instructions on how to interact with each other so the needs of both the man and woman could be met. He established the sanctity of the family unit: husband, wife and children, with the man as the protector/provider and the wife the nurturer, in an environment for children to embrace the unique qualities of both parents. As their maker, he knew their individual strengths and weaknesses and how they could complement each other. He encouraged them to give him first place and he would guide and provide what they needed to live happy, productive lives.

But, like the misuse of any invention, deviating from the original design only causes dysfunction. When man put himself in place of God, rejecting his ways and making his own rules, he created disharmony and despair. God’s warnings for disobedience went unheeded, bringing his wrath and judgment upon the people.

Turning from his righteous ways, they were unable to find happiness and fulfillment in the sad world they’d created. Knowing they could not save themselves, he provided the only way of escape. But only a few would recognize their desperate need and come to him. The rest remain in disbelief and rebellion, sealing their own fate. His grace is offered to all, but many reject the only way to life. He is the rightful owner and will exercise his rights and none can hinder him.

                           
D. L. Staggers
Hagerstown



Support your local contractors


To the editor:

Last week, I listened to Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline request that the county remove the 30-house maximum to allow 40 homes to be built in each subdivision per year. I couldn’t help but wonder why would he sell out the local contractor to allow these out-of-town builders to flood our county with more new homes.

These corporate-owned contractors came in and bought just about every building lot that was available, thus squeezing out most of our well-qualified contractors to even have a chance at any building lots.

These contractors rarely use local subcontractors and most of their building materials are purchased out of the county. Why would a local commissioner who was born and raised in Washington County make such a request? He has seen the devastation and the hurt that has been put on our local contractors. I’m just shocked that he didn’t evaluate this request to see how it would not benefit our county and our local contractors. Some had to close up shop and find work elsewhere.

It’s clear his decisions are based solely for votes and not the well-being of our citizens and local contractors. I tried to communicate with Commissioner Cline about this issue, but he just threw the local homebuilders association under the bus and then would not respond to my second email. He talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Next election, I would recommend that all local contractors remember who he supports.


Rob Smith
Washington County

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