Letters To The Editor

November 28, 1963

Editor, Sykesville Herald:

The tragic death of President John F. Kennedy has had a profound effect upon the people of this nation and the world. He was a dynamic man of a new generation who had already established himself as an outstanding leader in national and international affairs.

We are all shamed and humiliated that an assassination of our President could have occurred. Although many vigorously opposed some of his ideas and political philosophy, Americans everywhere are revolted to think that his murder could have been considered by anyone as a means of accomplishing a political end. It is contrary to every tenet and sense of value native to this country. We are all the more disgraced that the assassin was murdered before he could have been tried under our American system of jurisprudence.

One may be quick to cast blame upon some segment of our population, or some geographical section of our country, but to do so would be a serious error. Any fault must be borne by all Americans. We are each a part of the nation in which this act occurred. The tragedy may serve to point up flaws and defects in our national personality, and should cause us to take a second look at ourselves as a nation.

The wisdom and good thinking of John F. Kennedy will remain an influence on America, indeed upon the entire world, for years to come. A very practical application of his sound judgment is readily apparent in his insistence upon having a man as able and well qualified as Lyndon B. Johnson as his Vice President.

Each of us who has in any small way helped this man become President is saddened by his death, disgraced in the manner in which it occurred, but proud of the privilege of having had John F. Kennedy serve us as our Chief Executive.

William B. Delany
123 E. Main St.,
Westminster, Md.


Dear Editor:

Thank you very much for allowing me to clarify statements, that I made, when our group appeared before the School Board, last week, favoring consolidation.

I did vote a word of confidence in our School Board and our public servants. We as laymen are not always qualified on issues of this nature, as those who have made a study of it. However, I did not say that they “know all the answers”.

Also in stating if the school was built, I said that I would be practically on top of it. However, how could I possibly have stated that “I would be happy to have the school so close to me EVEN THOUGH, the children would kind of run over my property”. How could children “kind of run over my property,” when I live almost a mile from the proposed school site? That would really be a large school wouldn’t it?

Also in the manner indicated, I did not say that I was tired of transporting my children ten miles to school, to Sykesville. My children ride the bus. I spoke of the mileage involved, in any activities in the school. Where there is a question of this, is it not just as fair for one locality as another? It was suggested that under the heat of argument, people say things they do not recognize later. I wasn’t aware of any heated argument, that went on. Could this not work in reverse, on the same principle, when views are given?

Mrs. Raymond Grimes
Rt. 2, Box 181
Sykesville, Md.

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