Many in Western Maryland have little love for Roscoe Bartlett, and when you mention Alex Mooney, you get a blank stare from people. When you mention David Brinkley, you get the same blank stare or they ask, "isn't Brinkley, the former NBC newscaster, dead?" and when you mention Otis, people ask, "wasn't he the town drunk on the Andy Griffith show in the '60s and 'Return to Mayberry' in the '80s?"
Mooney, who committed four years to grow the state GOP, is abandoning the post less than a year after being elected. And then there's Bud Otis, who betrayed his longtime friend and employer.
You have to ask yourself, "What is Brinkley's commitment to the people of Maryland, Mooney's commitment to the state GOP and Otis' commitment?" The answer is simple — it's self-serving. The only truly committed one in the group is Bartlett, who is now serving his 10th term in Congress, although he is no longer an effective representative and promised to serve no more than three terms.
Bartlett, Mooney and Brinkley are all career politicians. Otis is an opportunist. Well, enough is enough; it's time to give career politicians and political opportunists looking to promote their own agenda, at the expense of our children's and grandchildren's future, their walking papers.
The Frederick News-Post, in an article by Meg Tully, reported that Joseph Krysztoforski won the endorsement of the Allegany County Conservative Caucus. In October, the Gazette, in an article by Sarah Breitenbach, reported, "The Republican Party in Western Maryland, an area on which Bartlett would count to bolster his poll numbers, is showing some signs of fracture as tea party members rally behind Joseph Krysztoforski, a conservative Republican whose campaign is based out of Frederick County."
Joseph Krysztoforski's message continues to reverberate with the voters. He is the steadfast grass-roots candidate who addresses the issues head on and proposes common sense solutions.
Trail people should work with the JFK, not against it
To the editor:
Let me see if I can get a grip on this. We have an event once a year in Hagerstown that has been going on, starting next year, for 50 years.
This event has brought people from around the world who have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars into our economy and now we have one woman given a little authority who wants to ... "What?" Stop it.
Lady, what planet have you been living on? Do you know the country is in financial trouble?
I have run in the JFK 50 five times. I ran three times in the spring, and two times in the fall, on March 30, 1974, with 1,374 starters but only 325 finishers. Because of the rain, sleet and snow on South Mountain, the C&O Canal was flooded in spots and we had to take our shoes off and wade through the freezing water. We did not have the volunteers they have now who clean up the trail and support the runners. In 1975, I ran with Tom Rothrock, who is totally blind and it brought national attention to Hagerstown and the JFK.
I am willing to bet you that the whole distance of the race is in better shape than when the race started.
So the only thing I see here is that you can work with us or you can be replaced. When people are given a little authority it sometimes goes to their head.
Candy cane tradition is beautiful and rich in symbolism
To the editor:
Of all the beautiful traditions of Christmas, few are so ancient in meaning and so rich in symbolism as the candy cane.
Christmas tree decorations in Europe, from which our tradition comes, were customarily made of food, principally cookies and candy. This symbolically expresses thanks for "our daily bread," as well as providing a Christmas treat for the children.
Thus, the shepherd's staff became the candy cane. As time went on, many ornaments took on a more permanent nature, but the candy cane retained the original use and meaning of Christmas tree ornaments.
Candy canes on the Christmas tree symbolize the shepherds in the field on the first Christmas night, shepherds who heard the angel chorus and came to worship the newborn King. They are also a sign of our thanks to God for the food He has given us. All during the years, and not least of all, the candy cane is an inexpensive and delightful treat for family and friends, but most delightful at Christmas.
No. 211-806, MCTC