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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 4

September 04, 2013

Will the irony of Syria be lost on liberals?


To the editor:

Does anyone else find it ironic that President Obama is thinking of going to war with Syria over “weapons of mass destruction?” It appears that we are very close to taking military action against Syria over reports that they used chemical weapons on their own people.

Ten years ago, liberals were saying, “Bush lied; people died,” when they thought no WMDs were found in Iraq. Those of us who are clear thinkers saw the satellite photos of convoys heading to Syria and suspected that Saddam Hussein was shipping his chemical weapons there. There were also several Iraqi defectors who reported that Saddam was also using gutted 747s to ship weapons to Syria. When UN inspectors went to one area, the convoys would take a different route.

So now we are hearing that Syria has used chemical weapons. What a shock. When we go into Syria and find out that these chemical weapons came from Iraq, will the entire left in this country apologize to George W. Bush? I think not.

Does anyone think that Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan will get their anti-war signs out and protest this war? Again, I think not.

Ahhh, the irony.


Bill Stryker
Waynesboro, Pa.




This Hagerstown administration is batting 0-for-3


To the editor:

As a result of the indecisiveness of our local government, it would appear that we as a community will be losing another core business and with it yet another major opportunity of development and revitalization.

I applaud the efforts of Councilman Metzner, who has remained committed to our town; however, the rest of this administration has raised some serious doubts about their ability to lead. History has shown over time that close-minded viewpoints and inaction rarely result in growth or change.

In the last six months, we’ve watched the following debauchery unfold. First, we lost the opportunity to relocate a major employer (Board of Education) downtown. Second, we failed to communicate and cooperate with a major development group (Sora) interested in our town. And now, we have lost one of our main attractions in one of our top industries with the apparent pending relocation of the Suns.

The constant in all of these blown opportunities has been inaction. Somehow, the thought of doing the same thing, which for this administration is nothing, would provide a different result is ludicrous. This administration appears more concerned with personal agendas rather than the common good of our community. The current leadership often talks of transparency; however, the only thing clear out of City Hall is the act of doing nothing.

Where is the leadership that our mayor and council promised to deliver in the last election? The stadium never was about the Suns: It was about reducing crime, increasing additional development opportunities, raising property values and broadening the tax base. It’s been almost a year now and so far we are 0-for-3 on major city-altering opportunities. What exactly is this current administration planning to do?


Paul Corderman
Hagerstown

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