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Carlynton needs nonresidents on teams

Despite opposition from residents representing youth programs, some elected Carlynton school directors want to limit facility use to organizations with 100 percent district youths.

They believe nonresidents take opportunities from Carlynton kids because nonresidents outperform our kids; thus, Carlynton kids need contrived opportunities for success because they are unable to succeed on their own. Not only are these beliefs untrue, they are insulting.

Without basis, these directors also claim that clubs "train the competition" and that's the reason high school teams don't win. What they don't realize is that barring nonresidents won't hurt those kids, it will only hurt ours.

Nonresidents will train elsewhere, while our kids will lose out because without nonresidents, many Carlynton programs will fold. Carlynton is too small to field teams by itself. In the end, our kids will get less training, and high school teams will suffer.

When asked, no director could explain what Carlynton gains by limiting programs. In contrast, youth leaders stated that further restrictions would hurt our programs and our kids. Nonetheless, some directors still advocate excluding nonresidents.

These "nonresidents" aren't aliens from Mars. They're our neighbors in Ingram, Thornburg and Scott. They live down the street from us. They work, play, shop and worship with us, and their districts warmly welcome Carlynton kids into their programs.

Let's hope those districts don't adopt the "us only" view of some Carlynton directors. Our kids will suffer greatly. Instead, let's hope Carlynton's directors listen to the people who elected them and adopt policies to keep our kids off the streets and engaged in positive, directed pursuits.

FRANCES MARY MODUGNO

Rosslyn Farms

Discourage Wal-Mart from building in Moon

Moon supervisors have before them the preliminary plans for a Wal-Mart Superstore to be built on the site of the West Hill Shopping Center. Such a big box store would have a significant impact upon the quality of life for all Moon residents.

The car trips entering that store in one day could easily number 13,000. The truck and car traffic coming on and off Brodhead Road at the Colony West Apartments would devastate the quality of life for those residents, and could end up lowering the rent prices the landlord is charging.

The supervisors have strict ordinances as a result of the current comprehensive plan and overlay district guidelines. All five of the supervisors, as well as the township planner and manager, must demand that Wal-Mart conform to each and every overlay district guideline without exception, if this corporation wants to build in our community. No special exceptions should be permitted.

The township must insist that an independent land use attorney, and geotech engineer be brought on board to discuss soil slopes and other important factors, at the expense of Wal-Mart. And, they must push back any intimidation by Wal-Mart goliaths, as they try to force their way into our town.

This superstore, as experienced in other communities, could force our small businesses to close. Is this the legacy our supervisors want tagged on them? If not, then they must act, and act with strong determination to do everything they can to discourage Wal-Mart from building in Moon. Having 15 Wal-Marts in a 25-mile radius is plenty.

JERRY PEARL

Moon



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