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Letters to the Editor - July 30

July 30, 2013

MUDD Volleyball Tournament a huge success

To the editor:

I am happy to report that the 2013 MUDD Volleyball Tournament was once again a huge success.

This year marked the 14th MUDD Volleyball Tournament to benefit the Community Free Clinic. Over the years, it has become our largest and most popular fundraiser. This year, we had 57 teams registered for play with more than 700 players. We are anticipating a profit from this event that will be in excess of $40,000. It costs roughly $299 annually to holistically treat a single clinic patient, including all provider visits, lab work and medications. It is only through community support that this event is possible and profitable each year.

Please mark your calendars for the 2014 tournament, which will be held Saturday, July 19.

Robin E. Roberson, executive director
Community Free Clinic


Speed camera hours are a blatant abuse of power

To the editor:

On July 18, I received a letter from the City of Hagers-town. Upon opening it, I realized it was a citation from the Automated Speed Enforcement Division. According to the citation, on July 4 (Independence Day) at 5:54:50 p.m., my vehicle was allegedly traveling 46 mph in a 30-mph zone in the 1100 block on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Believing that the issuance of a citation on such a memorable and revered holiday had to somehow be an error, I contacted the City of Hagerstown. Imagine my astonishment when told that this is a valid citation because the hours of operation for the cameras in Hagerstown are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week, holidays included.

If this is not an error on someone’s part, it has to be a blatant abuse of power in order to generate income for the city. I wonder how many veterans living in Hagerstown got a “salutation” from the city in the form of a traffic citation on Independence Day.

I am a senior citizen living on a very fixed income. I reside on Pennsylvania Avenue with a set of cameras within a quarter-mile on Northern Avenue and another set of cameras a half-mile away on Pennsylvania Avenue. I am forced every day to transit by these cameras on my daily route. If accidentally I exceed the speed limit, I pay my ticket and lick my wounds, even when it is money sorely needed.

These cameras are an effective and welcome deterrent to speeding in the school zones when protecting the safety of our school children. Operation of these cameras, however, when schools are not open, late in the evenings, and on weekends and holidays seems a patently greedy effort to increase revenue for the city. Smithsburg, which also operates speed cameras, has a posted 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. operational hours with enforcement days of Monday to Friday. Their signs also have flashing yellow lights when the cameras are in operation. To my knowledge, none of the cameras in Hagerstown has posted hours of operation or days of operation, and only a few are equipped with flashing yellow lights.

I intend to request a court hearing regarding my citation on the basis that the signs near the cameras do not show the days or hours of operation, and the sign in my case had no flashing yellow lights to show it was in operation.

Michael Rodriguez
Hagerstown


Don’t complain about government if you don’t vote

To the editor:

On Sunday, July 28, a letter to the editor was published calling America “a house divided.” The writer wrote about how polarized we as a nation have become. The letter said that the Democrats are at war with the Republicans over everything. Well, I’m a registered Republican voter. I exercise my right to cast my vote in all elections. Do I always vote Republican? No way! I also exercise my right to vote for who will do (in my opinion) the best job.

I do blame the Republican Party and members of both the right and left for failing to do their duty. The Republican Party has alienated a large part of the country. They have been out of touch with America. When Mr. Boehner gets on national TV and states that he will make sure that the president, whom the people elected, will be a one-term president, what is he thinking? When did the president become a last name? He is the president. Like him or not, that is who he is. Get over it.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties have failed the American people. What’s tearing up America is the “my way or the highway” attitude of both parties. The refusal to sit down and work things out for the good of America, not necessarily for a party’s benefit. And America, wake up and vote. I get tired of complainers who, when asked if they voted about it, say they didn’t because it doesn’t do any good. Well, it sure won’t if you sit on your duff and don’t vote.

Get out and vote. Don’t complain about it. Be heard!

D.W. Condry
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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