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Letters to the Editor - April 20

April 20, 2013

Officers who abuse authority violate their duties

To the editor:

As a correctional officer who has been involved in this profession for more than 21 years, I want to thank you for your editorial, “Correctional officers must maintain higher level of authority,” which was published on April 15. The constant negative comments and coverage of this profession can be draining at times. When a correctional officer abuses their authority, it affects all of us. I believe it was Sheriff Andy Taylor, from the old “Andy Griffith Show,” who said that “we sometimes get so caught up in being law enforcement officers, we forget that we are also peace officers.” This has always been my motto. Officers who abuse their authority violate both of these duties: enforcing the law and keeping the peace.

It was really nice to read an editorial that strongly recognizes what we do and supports the work of honest correctional officers. I appreciate what you wrote more than I can possibly express in words.

Daniel Grummett
Brawley, Calif.



Community pulls together to help Habitat for Humanity

To the editor:

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County thanks our many donors, sponsors and volunteers who worked together to help us successfully accomplish our 20th annual Dinner-Auction. To pull this off just once is a tremendous feat; to realize this success 20 years in a row is beyond terrific. And we thank you.

Additionally, we thank all of the participants who came out and enjoyed the evening; raising their bid paddles and opening their wallets to support our mission here in Washington County. We know that as we strive to eliminate substandard housing, to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action, that we do not walk this path alone. We all enjoyed a roaring success and a rollicking good time when you joined us the evening of April 6 to “Revive the Roaring Twenties.” And we thank you all.

It takes a legion of dedicated volunteers working throughout the year to get us to the night and another group to get us through the night. We appreciate the efforts of more than 70 volunteers who put in countless hours to make this night both special and successful. We know we couldn’t do it without them and we know the value of volunteers is immeasurable.

To the businesses and individuals who donated dollars and items and support, we know we couldn’t do it without you either. Thanks, also, to Alicia Notarianni of The Herald-Mail, for an excellent follow-up article, helping spread the Habitat word. We are blessed to be a part of this community and fortunate to have so many of you working with us to fulfill our mission. We believe it’s because you know that a stronger community creates a better community for us all that you continue to lend your support. And, we are both humbled and appreciative.

As a volunteer-based, donation-driven organization with a mission to provide safe and simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income families in need, we rely on the camaraderie of the community to survive and thrive. With the help of many, we build houses and we sell houses and rehab existing houses for and with our partner families. Your support along the way and especially at our biggest fundraiser of the year, each year, helps us continue along this path.

And for all of that, for all of this: We earnestly and openly thank you all.

Sherry Brown Cooper
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County



Parents of slain children, teachers not happy either

To the editor:

On April 4, there was a picture and story in The Herald-Mail of the National Rifle Association president. He said he was not happy about the “weapons legislation in Maryland.”

Well, I have news for him. The parents of those children and teachers who were killed by one of those guns are not happy either. How would he feel if he were in their shoes?

D. Pearce
Hagerstown

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