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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 23

August 23, 2013

America is under assault and many don’t seem to care

To the editor:

America must wake up and understand what this transformation of our land has done to our morality, what it is doing to Christian beliefs and the basis for the formation of this country. The constant relegation of Judeo-Christian doctrine in the media and in public life to a lifestyle that just doesn’t fit in the “new age” thinking is proof of this. 

We have become such a progressive-minded nation that Muslim followers have been set up with higher stature than Christians. The needs of atheists and other anti-Christ movements are now heralded as major concerns of our “feel good and social justice” society. Liberal judges continually bow to the cries of the radical minority. America is under assault and 90 percent of you do not know it or seem to care.

Do you really think that abortion on demand, open marketing of drugs, and government recognition of gay and transgender society, all under the guise of civil rights, has done great things to the advancement of life in America? It is all, by design, intended to put down the governmental intentions of the Founding Fathers and the crushing of the Christian church. It is all part of the left’s plan to bring down this country to the level of “third world” society, where democracy is falsely used to cover for the rule of a dictatorial regime.

Ned A. Garrett
Hagerstown


Mooney’s politics not needed in West Virginia

To the editor:

Failed Maryland GOP leader Alex Mooney, who says he was “exiled” from Maryland, moved to Falling Waters, W.Va., where he has sought support from various legislators and Republican groups, and Jerry Mays, vice chair of the Berkeley County Republican Club, as he seeks the vacated seat of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, as she runs for U.S. Senate.  

It was brought to my attention that Mays is seeking to hold a fundraiser for Mooney before the GOP primary in 2014. This puts any other candidate for the seat at an extreme disadvantage. This is wrong and unfair. This is a failed attempt to put someone into office who is completely unfamiliar with West Virginia politics and the people here. Mooney failed as a Maryland senator, in his attempt to be a delegate in New Hampshire and in his attempts to shape policy as the Maryland GOP chairman.

To attempt to win a seat by moving just over the state line and living here for less than nine months is completely disturbing and sad. Mooney is a failed career politician who must feel he can carpetbag his way around any state he can to get elected. These are the types of politicians we don’t want, ones of failed policies and cronyism. His failed policies and his support for illegal immigration (see his vote in 2003 for in-state tuition on tax dollars for illegal immigrants to go to college in Maryland) are not wanted here. 

His attempts to bring failed Maryland policies to West Virginia are not wanted or solicited, and his support of a good ole boy network is just another slap in the face to the constituency.    

Jeff Werner
Falling Waters, W.Va.


Town officials should restore Wolfe’s building

To the editor:

Recently, the Town of Williamsport has made great strides to recognize and promote its rich history through markers, Doubleday Hill restoration and the Retreat Through Williamsport 150th Commemoration.

With this as the background, I was disappointed to read Mayor McCleaf’s comments about the future of the historic Wolfe’s building on the square at 1 W. Potomac St.

Does the area really need a liquor store? Is demolition the only answer? The economy and the future of Williamsport are tied to historic and recreational tourism.

Possibilities for the site include:

• Restoration or rebuilding to the original appearance for a bed and breakfast (think of the success in Boonsboro)

• A restaurant catering to tourists

• Shops catering to hikers, cyclists and/or tourists

• A visitor center and/or museum

All of these should re-create the architecture and the heritage of the original building and the town.

Williamsport is not just about the C&O Canal and the Civil War. There is a rich history with Native Americans, the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the early Federal Period — all before the Civil War and the C&O Canal.

All those things — and the architecture, the canal and Civil War history — translate to huge historical and recreational tourism dollars.

Town officials could allow the easy thing. Tear down the building. Install another liquor store. Or they could take steps now to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for the town. 

George F. Franks III
Williamsport


Conservative frustrated by editorial cartoon

To the editor:

I am constantly frustrated regarding the content of the Sunday editorial cartoons. Why do you work to alienate conservatives, a large portion of your readership?

I watch Fox News on a regular basis and never heard them condone the actions of the clowns depicted in the Aug. 18 cartoon.

Was a joke made about the Washington Post acknowledging the NSA is spying on us when the president denied it during a recent late night talk show? Hilarious.

Was a fuss made when a movie was made about President Bush being assassinated? Sidesplitting.

There is no argument that Fox is to the right, but as far as I can tell they are the only alternative to the majority of news organizations that I find are to the left. No doubt your artist does not see it this way, and they obviously buy ink by the barrel.

Steve Wolf
Smithsburg

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