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Letters to the Editor - June 11

June 11, 2013

Long live the dandelion

To the editor:

In days of old, men declared war on their enemies and pursued them hotly with unleashed vigor. Once successful, the warrior returned home with a sense of conquering euphoria. This euphoria is inaccessible in our suburban society’s palette of available emotions related to our daily work. Are we uplifted by emailing, presenting and counting? Instead, modern man has transferred our need to conquer by declaring war on the pesky dandelion that dares peek out from our lawn. This weed/flower is pursued with all the available resources at hand, including noxious sprays and mercenaries who don gloves and masks and ride in white vans.

I’ve made peace with the dandelion, in part, because it is such a formidable enemy — and one that serves a purpose no less. What other plant life can flourish amid drought, poison, uprooting, cursings and the repeated sickling that our monster mowers dole out? What other flower grows quite so tenaciously and in such a lovely, uplifting yellow hue? Let us not forget that our dear grandmothers harvested, boiled and served its greens upon the table at dinnertime. Even now, recipes online promote the health benefit of the dandelion green and suggest its preparation with garlic, chili pepper and grated Parmesan cheese.

Are we as shallow-rooted as the weeds we try so hard to destroy? Drive any cul-de-sac in your town and you’ll see who lives in the land of conspicuous consumption. It’s you. It’s me. Can it be that we are so caught up in keeping appearances that we budget monthly for the removal and prevention of the dandelion? You’ve heard it said, “Live simply that others may simply live.” For the sake of pride, I say terminate your lawn-spraying service and give that coin instead to a charity of your choice that alleviates human suffering. Is it right that we feed our lawn while humanity’s children go hungry?

Take pride in your lawn and in every single dandelion that toils for its survival. Let them live that others, too, may live.

Mark D. Story
Greencastle, Pa.


Power often overrides common sense

To the editor:

I have been reading articles in The Herald-Mail about Fairplay Fire Co. problems — poor response times, failure to certify equipment inspections, not wanting volunteers, not turning over paper records and financial reports. What are they hiding? Skeletons in the closet?

It always comes down to a handful of management people causing the trouble. Instead of all the meetings, committees and group fundraising, it seems to me there is a very simple answer to the whole mess.

If the few people who want the controlling power and are creating the problems are so dedicated to the fire company, they would do what was best for the fire company to be reinstated and step down from their positions and let someone else take over.

If response times improve, volunteers return and County Commissioners get the paperwork they want, then you know the problem was management. If things do not improve, then you know there are other problems involved and maybe the fire company should not be reinstated to the community.

For some people, the position of power overrides common sense.

Charles Miller
Boonsboro



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