LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Veterans give thanks

For the past 15 years, the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans Association have proudly co-sponsored, with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the “Music In The Mountains” military band summer concert series. They began in 1997 and were an immediate hit with the public. The major bands and numerous smaller ensembles from every military service have participated in the concert series at some point in time. Most notably among these was the U.S. Marine Band’s ensemble, “Free Country.” They performed here three days prior to 9/11 and returned every year thereafter for the next 10 consecutive years, and thus becoming a traditional fall favorite. Only once was it rained out.

Sadly, due to budget constraints on the part of the HFNHP, the program has been terminated. We of the Harpers Ferry District Veterans want to thank all of the thousands of people who have supported this program over the years. In addition to all of the local supporters, people came from far and wide to enjoy the music performed by our talented servicemen and servicewomen.

We also want to thank our gracious co-sponsors at the Park, especially Park Ranger Kim Biggs, for all of her hard work in coordinating these events.

We are forever grateful for everyone’s support in honoring our military services.

Doug Craze

Harpers Ferry/Bolivar

District Veterans Association

Two sides to MARC proposal

I am a new member of the MARC Riders Advisory Council and feel that the other side of the opinion regarding the issue about the proposed MARC train schedule is not being presented accurately.

  I support earlier train options, as does my husband and son. We have all used MARC since 2009. There are also other issues I’d like to have presented in an article. I would like to raise disability awareness on the Brunswick Line into West Virginia, as I feel that there is a lack of education among riders in general regarding how to deal with those with special needs and disabilities. I actually witnessed several months ago severe abusive treatment towards a deaf/mute individual.

 My son has autism, but is high functioning and commutes to D.C. five days a week on a part-time, six- hour-a-day schedule.

That makes him a supporter of an earlier train as he could sometimes make a 3:30 out of D.C. (one of the bus bridge options) and also the 4:15.

 I work flexible hours and telework. I support having earlier options, but sometimes utilize later trains as I am more flexible.

  The 4:15 proposed option is the one my husband supports the most, as he boards at Point of Rocks and his drive from Baltimore fits this most effectively.

 All the emphasis on the loss of the late train does not accurately represent all of us who ride from West Virginia. This proposed schedule actually increases options for West Virginia commuters; it doesn’t decrease them. It gives us five options in the evening and three in the morning. Currently we have only two in the morning and three in the evening.

Denise Vitale

Martinsburg

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