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Letters to the Editor - April 21

April 21, 2013

Bombings won’t change the way we live our lives

To the editor:

Today (April 15, 2013) we witness the horrific explosion at the finish line at the Boston Marathon, making us realize there are persons or organizations out there that want to do things like this in an effort to change our way of life.

The Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious marathons in our country and involving athletes from all over the United States and ... the world. I understand we don’t know immediately who is responsible for this attack but when we find out, we the people of the United States expect swift and effective justice be done to those responsible for such a terrible cowardly act against humanity.

I know that we will not be deterred by these attacks. I believe the Boston Marathon will continue to be one of the most loved and will continue to be enjoyed by marathoners in the future regardless of these horrific actions of the evil perpetrators. I’m very hurt and concerned for those who were injured in this incident, my hope and prayer is for the victims and that we will somehow be able to make the Boston Marathon better as time goes by.

We must and we will convince these people that their cowardly acts like this will never change our will to live our lives and enjoy what we do here in the United States of America. Foreign or domestic, it’s bad and they must be captured soon.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown



Washington County Parents survey now online

To the editor:

The Washington County Parents website is looking for input on our second annual Parent/Community survey. Last year, after our letter to the editor was printed about our first survey, we received a wonderful response. All the surveys that were completed were turned over to the Washington County Board of Education and to Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

This year we included a question from Wilcox in the survey. We also added a teacher’s box, which is just for teachers to utilize to freely voice any opinions, praise or concerns. All surveys are 100 percent anonymous, no personal information is asked for as you do not need to register to complete the survey.

Every person has a voice, and every voice is important. We have an incredible community, and it is important to continue to open the lines of communication. You might just have the next great idea, or may even shine a light on an issue no one was aware of. It’s all in the spirit of making a stronger, more efficient school system. You can find the survey at: www.wcparents.com/survey.

Thank you in advance for getting involved.

Dottie Gruhler
Smithsburg
Washington County Parents



No one is 100 percent conservative anymore

To the editor:

Barrack Obama is president today because too many Republicans didn’t vote because Mitt Romney wasn’t 100 percent conservative. Is that where we’re at as a party if you’re not 100 percent Republican? If that’s where we’re at then we’ll never win. So if we run someone in 2016 who’s only 98 percent conservative you’re going to stay home?

Now I hear Karl Rove is not conservative. What makes you think Karl Rove isn’t conservative? Who’s 100 percent conservative? Not Rubio, not Paul. Not Ryan and guess what? Not even Reagan was 100 percent conservative. So if you people who think Karl Rove isn’t a conservative stay home in 2016, we could have Hillary Rodham Clinton in the White House. Is that what you want? I sure don’t.

Now it doesn’t matter if you’re for or against gay marriage do you really want nine justices to decide the matter? That’s a bad idea. Gay marriage should be a state’s rights issue. If the people of the state vote for it, then it’s law. If they vote against it, then it’s not. That’s the way it should be.

And what’s wrong with saying if you’re an illegal immigrant. You must go back to where you’re from, if you want to respect our laws. Millions and millions of immigrants came here the right way and tons more are very much welcome as long as they come legally. Why is that so hard to understand?

Speaking of things not hard to understand: A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Shawn V. Moore
Chambersburg, Pa.

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