Advertisement

Letters to the Editor - July 17

July 17, 2013

It might be time for Hub City to begin candidate shopping

To the editor:

July 1 was a rough day for Del. John Donoghue and a nightmare for Maryland motorists. Western Marylanders voiced their frustrations with the entrenched legislator’s inexplicable tax-and-spend record by calling his office and offering sentiments regarding his ‘yes’ vote to increase the Maryland gas tax upwards of 87 percent within the next four years.

Donoghue and his liberal friends in Annapolis peddled the fallacy that the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) could use a hearty replenish. However, if Democrats had not raided and pillaged nearly $1 billion from the TTF to supplement the deficits in Maryland’s General Fund, the gas tax could have been just another bad bill to fail in committee; Maryland wasn’t so lucky. As a result of the raid on the TTF, Maryland had no money left to address genuine transportation problems (e.g. congestion issues in the Baltimore-Washington metro area). Without an infusion of cash, I-270 and I-495 upgrades would never be possible and the Purple Line would cease to exist.

Marylanders will now endure a nefarious financial penalty each time they fill up their gas tanks because Donoghue rushed to wingman Martin O’Malley over middle-class families and recklessly wasted the taxpayers’ hard-earned money in an already struggling economy.

What’s even more infuriating is that the gas tax bill failed to prevent future governors and the General Assembly from raiding millions in additional tax dollars in the foreseeable future. If Donoghue votes to raise taxes, he could have at least fought to protect future transportation funding using Maryland’s constitution as a remedy to prevent another TTF raid and leave our wallets alone.

Is Hagerstown going to let Donoghue’s egregious tax-and-spend record off the hook for another four years? Perhaps it’s time for us to begin candidate shopping.

Ryan Miner
Hagerstown


Thanks to those who made Workcamp 2013 possible

To the editor:

What do you stand for? That can be a difficult question to answer even for the most mature adult, and that was the theme of the week for 241 youths from seven states who participated in the weeklong Mason-Dixon Workcamp.

These youths and their adult chaperones not only gave a week of their time, but they paid for the privilege of serving those homeowners in our community who were most in need physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

These youths worked on 34 homes, replacing roofs, building decks and wheelchair ramps, repairing stairs, painting and repairing drywall. They also provided fellowship, caring and hope. For the residents, the projects might have started out as getting their homes repaired, but in the end, it was also about getting their lives repaired as well.  

This project was a partnership between Trinity Lutheran Church of Smithsburg, which served as the local co-chair; Group Cares of Loveland, Colo., which recruited the youth and directed the week’s activities; and Ringgold Church of Christ, which provided the lodging and food services. Each of these partners brought with them talented and committed volunteers who, through their actions, made a strong statement of what they stood for.  

All home repairs were completed free of charge to the home-owner, and this project would not have been possible without the financial and in-kind donations provided by 40 businesses, organizations, civic groups, churches and government entities. They stood for improving our communities by giving without expectation of reward, and that should be recognized. 

The following made this workcamp possible: McCormick Paint; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Lappans; Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Ringgold Church of Christ; Bethel United Methodist Church; Middletown United Methodist Church; Community Foundation of Washington County; Washington County Maryland Chapter Thrivent Builds; The Manitowoc Co.; C. William Hetzer Inc.; Smithsburg Family Practice; Waynesboro Lions Club; Fraternal Order of Eagles; Richard N. Funkhouser Foundation; Waynesboro Lions Club; D.L. George & Sons; B J Builders; M.S. Johnston Co.; Weiss Bros. of Hagerstown Inc.; Dustin Construction Inc.; Uniwest Construction Inc.; Total Lube Center of Smithsburg; Keller-Stonebraker Insurance Inc.; South End Barber Shop; Susquehanna Bank; Robinwood Dental Center; Cornerstone Family Dentistry; Kairos Wealth Advisors of Raymond James; Checkers of Hagerstown; Misty Meadows Farm Creamery; Friendly’s; Cold Stone Creamery; and Debbie’s Soft Serve of Smithsburg.

The youths, volunteers and residents of the Mason-Dixon Workcamp were part of something profound and gained some insight of what can be accomplished when united through God. They stood for something larger and more important than themselves. This workcamp was an investment in the future of our youth and hope for the world to come, and demonstrated that one person can change someone’s life and one group has the potential to change the world.

Leigh Zahm, workcamp coordinator
Mason-Dixon Workcamp 2013

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|