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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 5

August 05, 2013

What would immigrant ancestors advise you to do?

To the editor:

Do you know your immigrant forebears? My grandmother came from Latvia pursuing the classic American dream; real opportunity. My grandfather, at the age of 16, fled forced conscription into the Russian army. Both arrived around the turn of the 20th century. My in-laws escaped the Nazis in 1939. They told me of a welcoming America and quick, easily attainable citizenship.

The undocumented alien immigrants of today come to escape difficult circumstances, too, but find no path to American citizenship. Why? Because of a backward, discriminatory policy upheld by a Congress under the control of conservative Republicans, motivated by re-election from mainly Southern or rural, white-majority, gerrymandered districts. Shameful! Just another reason that congressional approval scrapes the pavement.

We need immigration reform but are more apt to get a $50 billion fence. (Are we trying to copy North Korea?) Things won’t improve until enough congressional districts moderate. Conservative ideas are holding this country hostage. Knowledgeable, enlightened and educated voters disdain this type of politics. They are not fooled by “The sky is falling!” conservative media rant against a humane U.S. immigration and border security policy. Your immigrant ancestors would advise you to vote progressive and remove the radical conservatives. Then your government will function properly. New immigrants will make excellent American citizens. Just like your family and mine.

Dr. M. Douglas Becker
Hagerstown


Obeying the law makes speed cameras less bothersome

To the editor:

This is in regard to the letter to the editor in The Herald-Mail concerning speed cameras on July 30.

I am a bit confused as to why the writer is so upset about the speed cameras. He was in violation of the speed set for that area, regardless of whether a camera or a police officer ticketed him for speeding.

Does he obey stop signs, yield signs and red lights, and obey laws related to tailgating, talking on a cell phone and texting?

Laws are in place to keep accidents from occurring or someone from running over a child. I am so tired of hearing people complain about the speed cameras,

If they would obey the law, then they wouldn’t have to call in a complaint to Mail Call or write a letter to the editor.

Donnalee Milburn
Hagerstown


A resource for every local nonprofit organization

To the editor:

It’s not every day that a small nonprofit gets to experience a win-win-win situation, yet every time we utilize the services of Volunteer Washington County, that is exactly what we get. Whether our need is a volunteer to help out around the office, a local business to partner with us on a project, or a community member to serve on our board of directors, Volunteer Washington County has come through for us many, many times.

Every time we connect with a new volunteer, not only are we able to get the help we need, we have an opportunity to reach out to another member of our community to create a new relationship or strengthen an existing one. The volunteer gets an opportunity to feel good about making a real difference (sometimes while earning Student Service Learning hours or performing community service), and our tireless friends at VWC get the satisfaction of seeing their mission fulfilled. I guess that is actually a win-win-win-win!

Every nonprofit — large or small, but especially small — should be taking advantage of Volunteer Washington County (vwcmd.org) for sourcing volunteers. The service is free, easy to use (free classes are available for those who prefer a little extra guidance), and the results are fast.

My thanks to Volunteer Washington County for providing such a valuable and needed resource in Washington County.

Janis Williamson
Coalition coordinator, Teens Have Choices: The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition

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