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May 4, 2000
Big spender To the editor: We have all heard that Jim Humphreys has spent well over $2 million in his smothering campaign to win a seat from the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia. The salary for that office is $141,300 per year. Something mighty fishy is going on here. As for me and many of my neighbors, Beth Taylor is our pick. She is intelligent, straight-forward, and plans to live in the Eastern Panhandle when elected. Three cheers for Beth. It takes more than major money to give us solid representation.
By DON AINES | January 19, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Going by his résumé, James Buchanan was among the most qualified men to run for president, yet in the pantheon of chief executives, the 15th president is regarded as among the worst. However, Buchanan's four years in office need to be placed in perspective, said Karl Reisner, a history teacher at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy who has spoken hundreds of times on the presidency of that town's native son and the only president born in Pennsylvania. Like most people, Reisner knew little about Buchanan until asked to prepare a presentation for Buchanan's 200th birthday in 1991.
By John Schildt | July 5, 2002
We're 225 years young and still growing. Happy Birthday, America. Pain and birth. There's always pain in birth, in childbirth, in seeing new truths, in making mid-course corrections and adaptations. There was pain in 1776. The colonists said, "enough is enough," and 13 distinct, unique colonies, "in the course of human events," came together. They shelved some of their individuality to become one. And in the hour that "tried men's souls," God raised up George Washington. He had to face the pain of leadership, the loneliness and isolation of command, the agony of making difficult decisions.
May 29, 2010
"What is the purpose of reforming public education with this plan of a Race to the Top? Since we in America are sending more and more jobs to other countries where the pay scale is lower, where are all these Race to the Top graduates going to go to be employed?" - Hagerstown "I wanted to applaud Tom Wilhelm of Williamsport for his letter on what the free passes they get when they cross our borders. I think that all our Congress people should read this: Bartlett, Munson, every one of them, Barbara Mikulski.
By HEATHER KEELS | October 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A novel about slavery set in the 1850s inspired a discussion about hip hop, literacy and the modern slavery of materialism Monday morning when author James McBride visited North Hagerstown High School to speak to Washington County high school students and guests from the community. McBride's "Song Yet Sung," a tale of escaped slaves, free blacks and slave catchers on Maryland's Eastern Shore, was selected by the Maryland Humanities Council for this year's One Maryland One Book program, which encourages Marylanders from across the state to read and discuss one common book.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 11, 2012
Sitting on her knees atop a quilt her father bought at a flea market, Fanny Crawford listened to him tell her a bedtime story. On occasion, like this time, the bedtime stories Bill Crawford told his 5-year-old daughter were true family stories. It was the story of her great-great-grandfather, Henry Barnes, who was born into slavery near Richmond, Va., circa 1818, and as a child was taken away from his family and sold to a Hagerstown man. The woman Henry remembered as his mother gave him a quilt to remember where he came from, said Crawford, 61, who lives in Hagerstown's North End. Crawford said as a child, she would lie in bed sometimes running her hands across her own quilt as she thought of Henry and what it must have felt like for him to be torn away from his family.
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | | December 26, 2010
Chalky, gritty, funny-shaped candies of old are Susan Benjamin's windows into history. And history never tasted so sweet. "Put this in your mouth and close your eyes," said Benjamin, an author, former journalist and, more recently, a candy researcher. "Now imagine you're very cold and you're fighting in the Civil War. You're in a ditch somewhere. This is what you may have been eating when you felt bad or needed some energy. That's the real flavor. " "How often do you get that?"
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