Letters to Editor
Giving balance to the clock Mr. Saylor's IIII It's about time History ignored Show some respect A faulty memory AARP doesn't speak for all Beware of dog breeders A superb performance
nLetter writer Bill Saylor, don't be disturbed. The number IIII is not inaccurate on the large clock so graciously donated by Brent L. Miller Jewelers. Your assumption is inaccurate.
The correct way to write the Roman numeral 4 is IV. However, on clocks, an archaic form, IIII, is used. This is to balance the face of the clock.
Clockmakers decided that a clock face would look more visually pleasing if, opposite the 8 o'clock position (VIII), was another Roman numeral that had 4 parts to it. So the number of characters used to write the 4 is the same as the number of characters used to write the 8. It's all a matter of what looks good to people.
Fortunately for the fine citizens of Lancaster city, Bill Saylor wasn't assigned the job of selecting how the numbers on the clock were portrayed.
Thanks, BLM Jewelers and Ryan Miller, for representing the numbers accurately. This beautiful clock will surely leave a wonderful impression on both visitors and residents.
Jay A. Krebs
nIn response to Bill Saylor's letter about the clock dial being incorrect in the train station: As an industrial arts teacher at Manheim Township High School (now retired), I helped my students construct many clocks.
The design being utilized by the clock face in the train station, while using a nonstandard version of the Roman numeral 4, has been used on clock faces for hundreds of years. The discrepancy Mr. Saylor noticed is actually done intentionally.
Using IV would put the dial out of artistic balance. Using IIII, however, includes four numerals that employ an I, four that employ a V, and four that employ an X.
Mr. Saylor might find a tour of the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia both interesting and educational.
Clyde K. Neal
nThe dial on the new clock for the train station is correct!
As Mr. Saylor pointed out, there is a IIII in place of the more commonly accepted Roman numeral IV for the number 4. Not many people notice this, or at least they don't question it. Good eye, Mr. Saylor!
The reasoning behind the number switch, so I was told, is to make the dial more pleasing and symmetrical -- it makes the IIII more balanced with the number VIII on the opposite side of the dial.
As a retired clockmaker, I've seen clocks over 200 years old with Roman numeral dials, and they all use the IIII.
I'm sure most visitors coming through the train station won't notice what appears to some to be a mistake.
nThe owners of Woodcrest Villa should have followed the actions of Willow Valley Retirement Communities.
At least the residents in the Willow Valley area had time to rally to save the structure. Willow Valley listened to the public, preserved the 1858 Harnish House, and moved it a short distance to make way for new development.
The owners of Woodcrest Villa decided in December to demolish the 18th-century structure because it was in the way and too costly to move (as reported by "The Watchdog" in the Sunday News.) Woodcrest Villa demolished the structure quickly and quietly, before the public had a chance to save the historic building.
That action should sadden the community and the community at large.
East Hempfield Township
nPlease don't walk your dogs in the cemetery to do their business. Let them poop in your yard, unless you're too lazy to clean after them.
A graveyard is a resting place for the dead, not for animals to do their thing.
If you don't care or have respect, other people do.
nGil Smart is a dunce of convenience and omission ("I remember the Iraq War," March 24). I, too, remember 10 years ago as if it were yesterday. I remember everything Mr. Smart cites in his column.
In addition to Mr. Smart's recall, I remember the multiple United Nations resolutions ignored by Saddam Hussein leading to war. I remember the coalition of nations that joined together to rid the world of his despotic regime. I remember the "yellow cake" report by British Intelligence, which is still claimed as correct and accurate.
I remember President George W. Bush seeking and obtaining support from most members of Congress after they reviewed the available evidence for weapons of mass destruction.
I would think that Mr. Smart would remember these facts also. Or maybe he just "forgot."
If so, his selective memory helps explain his views on most subjects, which are out-of-sync with the majority of the informed citizenry.
While his points may be his truths, he only writes half of the truth. This places him in the same genre as those he denigrates.
Stacey M. Fink
nAlthough I am well into my "senior" years, at least as defined by the AARP, I have chosen not to join that organization. The primary reason for that decision is that I believe the AARP, in many of its policy stances, actually promotes advocacy contrary to the best interests of most senior citizens.
No better example of that exists than the letter in last Sunday's paper, by self-described volunteer member of the AARP Citizens Advocate Team Vern Marten, promoting expansion of Medicaid.
First, Medicaid is widely considered to be a failed program, riddled with waste and corruption. Why would anyone, senior citizen or otherwise, have an interest in expanding a failure?
Second, regardless of whether the federal or state government funds Medicaid, the money must ultimately come from the wallets of taxpayers. How could it possibly be in the interest of senior citizens, most on a fixed or semifixed income, to donate more freebies to other people?
What we need instead are government and private agencies working to preserve the income and savings we have managed to accumulate through a lifetime of hard work.
nIn reference to the letter "Can't find the dog she wants" (March 24): First, I am very sorry that your beloved companion has passed on. You were very lucky to have her for so long.
You say, "I am not for puppy mills," yet you continue to whine about not finding the exact dog you want because the place where you got yours is closed.
Why is it closed, I wonder? Could it be that, behind the scenes where you are not allowed to see, there are dogs and puppies so diseased they can't walk, see, eat or drink? These dogs have no idea what grass is. What a kind hand and soft voice are. Dogs who can't bark to let you know they are there because someone has shoved a pipe down their throats to shatter their windpipe and ''debark'' them? Dogs who have to live, sleep and eat in not only their own feces and urine, but that of every dog that lives above them. There is no air circulating in these places. Sometimes the smell is enough to knock down a human just walking in for two minutes. Imagine living in that.
I have seen dogs that are so matted with filth, feces, dirt and maggots that they can't see, can't have a bowel movement. They can't chew anymore because they have been so neglected that their teeth have actually turned to a stonelike substance. Or the hair around their mouths has gotten wrapped around a tooth and fossilized there. But as long as they can breed, make puppies (profits), they are kept alive, barely.
If they start to deliver dead litters, or the mommy dog is so stressed that she eats her puppies, why, then we can't make any money anymore. So she dies.
Yes, you were very lucky not to have had a sickly dog. If your kennel (and I use the term loosely) closed, it could be a simple fact that it couldn't afford to properly take care of their profits. Because that's all these dogs are to them, profit. If you don't make a profit, you die. Not humanely either, I promise you.
Here's a thought, Jeimi: Try your local Humane League. Look up breed rescues, if you must have a beagle mix. Sometimes the breed rescues have mixes. You can find the exact dog you want in Pennsylvania. You just have to start looking in the right places.
nTo all who made the play "Oklahoma" at Donegal High School possible, I want to say congratulations. I attended the March 17 performance, and it was superb.
The student actors and actresses and the entire crew are to be applauded. I especially enjoyed the vocal excellence. To my eye, the show was flawless from beginning to end. These young men and women sang and danced their hearts out, and their enthusiasm was quite evident.
In this day and age, when we hear so many negative reports about our young folks, it is a breath of fresh air to witness the outstanding talents of today's students.
I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge the support of teachers, coaches and administrators.
The residents of the Donegal School District should be very proud of the successes of our students: from the basketball team to the arts programs, to the History Day documentary reported in the Sunday News.
R. Keith Vogt
East Donegal Township
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