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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 9

September 09, 2013

Political correctness has gone mad 

To the editor: 

I am tired of the continuing complaint by left/liberal politicians/ media and black leaders who continue to repeat the racism mantra when referring to the Zimmerman/Martin trial and the stop/frisk practice in New York.

Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch member who knew that there had been a recent home invasion by two young, black men wearing hoodies. Who should he have been watching for as he patrolled his neighborhood? Maybe young women in a burka and a tall, white female jogger? Of course he was looking for young black men wearing hoodies. That’s not profiling. That’s good, reasonable watchfulness.

As for the NYPD, who would suggest to the police that to reduce excessive crime and violence in a poor, ethnic/neighborhood that they begin stopping young children in the suburbs as they come out of the local store with their ice cream. They are not profiling blacks or Hispanics; they are concentrating their crimefighting where the crime is — in the poor, ethnic neighborhoods This is political correctness gone mad. The truth is that Zimmerman and the NYPD are doing exactly what they should be doing and the left/liberal politicians/media and the black leaders refuse to see or accept the fact that the emperor has no clothes. Until they do and come up with real, effective programs to fight poverty (i.e. education and jobs) and offer the poor and minorities an opportunity to better themselves, the problems of the poor and minorities will not go away. Having police and neighborhood watch patrols start watching and stopping young female joggers and suburban children will not cure the inner city problems, though it might even out the disproportion in numbers of young minorities being stopped.

These are not race issues. Attempts to call them that are false. Someone has to stand up and yell, “The emperor is not wearing clothes!”
 

Murray Deutchman
Sharpsburg
 

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Seniors enjoy supporting local businesses 

To the editor: 

My friend and barber Marty is still cutting hair at his shop in Maugansville at the young age of 81. He’s always quick to let you know, “I don’t act my age,” to which his wife responds, “You never did act your age, Marty.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, I had the privilege of being part of a luncheon gathering of my fellow classmates from the 1960 graduating class of Boonsboro High School at a local restaurant.

We’re all in our early 70s, but not one of us acted our age. The eating area provided to us was hardly large enough to hold all the energy, good looks and intelligence that our group radiated.

I would like to remind all businesses in Hagerstown and Washington County that, although we are in our 70s, 80s and 90s, we have a lot to offer to the economy in this area. We’re still alive and well and we’ve still got some money that we haven’t spent yet. We enjoy fashionable clothes, nice cars and good food, so keep your doors to your business open to us. We like keeping it local.
 

George Sylvester Coyle
Hagerstown
 

4-H photo brought back fond memories 

To the editor: 

The news is usually about the world’s troubles, and that’s understandable. However, on Sunday, Aug. 25, The Herald-Mail published a picture of a beautiful Grand Champion pig (raised by Samuel Wingert) that won the 4-H competition at the Franklin County Fair.

The pride and joy that Mr. Wingert and his grandparents, the Hawbakers, must have felt that day took me back almost 70 years to when I joined the 4-H Club in Pittsburgh. I was taught to sew and later entered a dress in competition, winning a second-place ribbon. The skills encouraged by 4-H have enriched the lives of countless boys and girls through the years.

Thank you for reminding us of those who inspire the young to develop their abilities.
 

Jene Meier
Hagerstown
 

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