Thursday's Sentinel letters to the editor

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Here are Thursday's Sentinel letters to the editor.

Give continued support to AHEC

Dear Editor:

The announcement that the Army plans to build its museum at Fort Belvoir, Va., does not mean the Army History and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks is doomed.

The Secretary of the Army reaffirmed a decision that was made in 2001. Some at Belvoir did not like the proposed location there. He told them where construction will be. The letter says nothing about the future of AHEC.

This facility is of great importance to Central Pennsylvania and continued development of Pennsylvania tourism. It adds to the greatness of the Army War College and serves as a beacon for those who want to discover our Army.

We have had a groundswell of support to keep AHEC. We need the full support of our local newspapers, TV stations, business and civic clubs.

Write to our Pennsylvania legislators. Get friends from other states to write to theirs and send copies to our legislators.

Robert W. Black

Carlisle


In objection to property tax increase

Dear Editor:

We are retired homeowners residing in the Carlisle school district. We object to any increases of our property taxes.

Until the Carlisle Area school board makes more significant cuts to reduce waste and inefficiency, any future tax increase is unjustified.

The school board chose to recommend a 3.5 percent tax increase. Instead of cutting salaries to meet the budget shortfall, the board recently agreed to increase the teachers' salaries. Let the teachers contribute 25 percent of their health care plan to match federal employees rather than the 16 2/3 percent they now contribute for a saving.

Change the culture of spending and waste; spend only on need to have, not nice to have; and shake up the internal bureaucratic special interest and "empires" so that productivity is increased and efficiencies are streamlined and enhanced.

There is a lack of accountability to the community, where more openness and time to solicit and listen to creative input from the community would spark new thinking.

The CASD board and administration have not carefully husbanded taxpayers' money. With a financial crisis looming for the board, their tax and spend policy needs to be reversed.

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In these economically difficult times, we need a call for serious budget austerity measures, not gestures. Rather, we need new and creative ways of thinking, surely, not for higher taxes.

Afra and Constant Maffey

Carlisle


‘Road diet' unfriendly to pedestrian

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Dear Editor:

I am not at all impressed nor pleased with the "road diet" program for traffic in the downtown area of Carlisle.

It appears not enough thought went into the problem with traffic and especially the foot traffic over many crosswalks in the downtown area.

Where can one now cross Hanover or High streets? What if I get into the wrong lane while driving and must make a left-hand turn? That happened twice to me.

Not enough thought or discussion went into this ridiculous plan. It surely was a terrible mistake to favor vehicular traffic over the residents and guests in the downtown area.

It is not too late for our officials to admit they made a mistake and to return the downtown area to what it was before this very poor idea was introduced and followed.

Carlisle was in pretty good shape for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic before these changes occurred.

Wayne Powell

Carlisle


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Obituaries for 09/08/1997

  • Robert Bosler, 37, of 224 W. Main St., Walnut Bottom, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, in Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg.

    Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, will announce funeral arrangements when they are completed.



  • Rachel I. "Sammy" Brandt, 82, of 934 Baltimore Pike, Gardners, died Sunday Sept. 7, 1997, in her home.

    Born Jan. 15, 1915, in York County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Shaffer Bupp and the widow of Ralph "Dutch" Brandt, who died May 16, 1988.

    Mrs. Brandt was retired from the former Blough-Wagner Co. in Mt. Holly Springs and was a former employee of C.H. Masland Co., Carlisle.

    She was a member of the Old Bellaire Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 375.

    Surviving are a son, Ralph Brandt of York; three daughters, Joan McNew of Gettysburg, Judy Brandt of Grantham and June Showers of Gardners; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two sisters, Pauline McCans of Hatfield and Hazel Johnson of Gardners.

    Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Gibson-Hollinger Funeral Home, 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs. The Rev. Sandra Schultz will officiate.

    Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens in West Pennsboro Township.

    Friends may call Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. An Eastern Star memorial service will be held Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in the funeral home.



  • Services for Glen Isaac Kunkle, 89, formerly of 5221 Cumberland Highway, Chambersburg, will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.

    Masonic services will be conducted by members of George Washington Lodge 143 F&AMPAM at 11:15 a.m.

    Mr. Kunkle died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997, at Manor Care Health Services, Chambersburg.

    Born May 11, 1908, in Williamson, he was a son of the late David W. and Grace Carrie Rife Kunkle. He was the widower of Dorothy Jones Kunkle, who died Aug. 29, 1996.

    Mr. Kunkle retired in 1954 from the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., where he had been employed since 1935. He formerly was a wood pattern maker apprentice from 1926 to 1930 at Chambersburg Engineering Co. and then worked for General Steel Corp. of Chester and Frog, Switch &AMP Manufacturing Co. of Carlisle.

    He was a member of Greenvillage Church of God, Chambersburg; Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia F&AMPAM, Washington, D.C.; and a life member of William R. Singleton Hope Lodge No. 7 F&AMPAM of Lebanon.

    Surviving is his sister, Elva Stambaugh of Chambersburg.

    The Rev. Ronald E. Dull will officiate at Tuesday's service. Burial will be in Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg.

    Memorial contributions may be made to ManorCare Health Services, 1070 Stouffer Ave., Chambersburg 17201, or to Greenvillage Church of God, 5164 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg 17201.



  • Services for Gerald B. "Base" Strayer, 80, of 115 S. Prince St., Shippensburg, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Prince Street United Brethren Church in Shippensburg.

    He died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

    Born March 4, 1917, in Southampton Township in Cumberland County, he was the son of the late David F. and Annabelle Eutzy Strayer.

    He retired in 1975 from the former Hershey Creamery, Shippensburg, where he worked for 40 years. After retirement he worked as a custodian at Kmart in Chambersburg for eight years and at the Beistle Co. in Shippensburg for four years.

    And for 25 years he served as the utility groundskeeper for Shippensburg Community Fair.

    Mr. Strayer was a member of the Prince Street United Brethren Church and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1299, Carlisle. He was a life member and past commander of Durff-Kuhn VFW Post 6168, Shippensburg.

    He was an Army veteran of World War II.

    Surviving are his two daughters, Dixie L. Whorley and Diana B. Strayer, both of Shippensburg; a sister, Pearl Allen, of Shippensburg; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy B. Beltz Strayer, who died May 16, 1993; six brothers and two sisters.

    The Rev. George D. Strayer will officiate at Wednesday's service. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg.

    Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., 112 W. King St., Shippensburg.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Valley Hose Company Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 366, Shippensburg 17257 or to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter Inc., 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg 17202.



  • Services for George K. Gerhardt, 82, of Carlisle, formerly of Bloserville, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle.

    He died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at Sarah Todd Memorial Home in Carlisle.

    Born Feb. 6, 1915, in Carlisle, he was the son of the late Reuben W. and Anna W. Gilbert Gerhardt.

    He was a retired meat cutter from the former Carlisle Food Market, a member of God's Missionary Church, Bloserville, and an Army veteran of World War II.

    Surviving are his wife, Ruth A. Norrell Gerhardt; a son, Wayne Belmont of North Carolina; a brother, Eugene Gerhardt of Carlisle; a sister, Milly Gerhardt of Carlisle, two grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and a stepgreat-great-grandchild.

    The Revs. Clarence E. Dupert and David D. Deetz Sr. will officiate at Thursday's services. Burial will be in Upper Frankford Brick Church Cemetery.

    Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

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