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Letters to the Editor - June 21

June 21, 2013

Golden column should be reprinted

To the editor:

My fervent hope is that the column that appeared June 18 by Bryan Golden has been noticed for its timeliness by readers. The subject — “Will this be America’s last birthday?” — could have been written appropriately on any week in June, but it was so in keeping with present day. Did the reader know why?

Without one reference to current events or the Obama administration, it cleverly discloses how we are allowing a social democracy to take over America. “Those that have grown up with abundant liberty often take it for granted. The power hungry claim the Constitution is out of date. They assert it doesn’t apply to them.”

Golden goes on in saying, “Tyrants are cunningly deceptive. They ... operate by suppressing liberty in small steps under false pretenses. They target one group at a time. But as liberty incrementally disappears, every group will ultimately be targeted.”

This is one of the most telling and instructive writings that I have read as applying to what is happening before our very eyes. It deserves another printing before our nation’s next birthday.

Ned A. Garrett
Hagerstown



Some fascinating facts about the Mountain State

To the editor:

With the passage of the 150th anniversary of West Virginia, the following facts fascinated me: “Montani Semper Liberi” (Mountaineers are always free) is our official state motto, but our elected and appointed officials sometimes struggle to understand and preserve our precious liberties.

Vandalia was the first name suggested for West Virginia, as part of a proposed 14th colony that included eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh, and not the state’s Eastern Panhandle. The first name proposed for the current state of West Virginia was Kanawha, the name of the county that includes our state capital (Charleston).

The grandparents of Davy Crockett, famous frontiersman and hero of the Alamo, lived in Spring Mills (Berkeley County), where their home still stands.

And Romney (Hampshire County) and Shepherdstown (Jefferson County) argue about which was the first incorporated town in West Virginia. Hedgesville (Berkeley County) was the third.

Del. Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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