To the editor:
Now is the time to purchase the Sears store for a senior center. This building is located on Potomac and Northern, which meets city and county needs for busing or easy transport.
The old store, which has been closed for years, is perfect for us "old folks." The building is on the first floor with water and sewer hookups, heating and air conditioning. It also has toilets, kitchens and plenty of free parking at the door. It is very near shopping and pharmacy convenience.
As a senior citizen, you could drive up to the front door and walk down a ramp into the building. It could be easily wheelchair friendly.
It could include classrooms and a kitchenette for dining, coffee or lunch. A game room could be converted into other ways of use — exercising, games, movie specials, entertainment.
The store has had "fire safety" before. It could be easy to convert again with safety programs by firefighters and the police department to update our seniors.
An information desk could be set up at the main entrance, run by senior volunteers for the center. And outside interests could rent banquet rooms for local clubs to use.
The Commission on Aging could get its messages to the people it serves with federal monies.
We could have teachers from Hagerstown Community College give instructions on computers and teach other classes of interest to senior citizens.
The senior citizens in this town deserve a place of their own and they have earned it.
Let's get moving.
Letter writer clearly outlined separation issues
To the editor:
Please allow me to thank Ernst Arnold for his excellent letter supporting separation of church and state (Dec. 28). His quotes from the Treaty of Tripoli and from John Adams were accurate, revealing and convincing.
Like many, the headlong rush to promote an American theocracy startles me. Examples include attempts to:
- weaken public schools by diverting educational tax dollars to religious training (I went to Catholic school and my parents paid for it, as it should be)
- interfere in personal medical decisions
- teach religious beliefs as science
- institute prayer in the classroom and at public events (Why should my personal God need public display? Does He hear me better through crowd noise? And what if others are praying counter to me?)