Clarity

HARLAN BERGER

McElhattan

Most of the letters about the Salvation Army-Stephen Poorman situation deal more with personal differences and past giving history than they do with process.

Clarity is lacking from anyone other than Steve Poorman on the reasons that an organization depending very much on charitable giving would turn down a large gift.

If the process isn’t understood, it’s likely to be repeated.

A locale ranked second by the state in poverty indices ought to be more observant.

If “jealousies” are involved, as a long-time observer of the local scene thought possible, then the damage done is disgusting.

Let me clarify my personal likes. Steve Poorman and I have talked at a couple of social functions and have corresponded in the past by e-mail. I’d be honored to be considered a friend.

Retired Salvation Army officers Chuck and Marie Harris are friends from prior Rotary service. Marie served ably as president of the Lock Haven Rotary Club a few years ago. Chuck and I hold similar reenactor interests. He did Revolutionary War, and my field was Civil War.

He introduced Shirley and me to the fabulous winter Artisan Show in Lewisburg. He invited us to a New York state reenactment where we ate lunch with people who appeared to have stepped out of “The Last of the Mohicans.” Shaved heads, scalp locks, nose pendants, body paint, glint of silver ornaments, knives and tomahawks. Bill Laubscher appeared in red body paint and appropriate accouterments, made up so well I didn’t know him.

Visions remain of scarlet-coated British Grenadiers and painted Native Americans colliding in green woods amid drifting powder smoke.

A feast for eyes, ears, and nose.

Chuck, thank you.

We do not commemorate Clinton County 1700s frontier heritage. We do not have a frontier fort complex or similar venue to draw people.

New York State does, and it draws reenactors and tourists.

It’s worth millions to local economies, according to the Associated Press.