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Letters to the editor

April 24, 1997

Letters to the editor

Organs needed

To the editor:

Some people in this region are affected by a disease called amyloidosis (peripheral neuropathy). The problem originates in the liver, caused by a mutated gene which sends bad protein throughout the body, usually depositing it in the hands and feet. It can also affect the heart and kidneys.

The amyloidosis usually does not show symptoms until after the age of 35; therefore each generation can be affected. Anyone with numbness and tingling in the hands and feet or fatigue and unexplained weight loss, should see a physician.

The only way to detect amyloidosis is through DNA testing. If you test positive, nerve stimulation testing can be done to determine the degree of damage to the extremities. An echocardiogram will show the condition of the heart. The only known way to halt the progression is by having a liver transplant.

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My sister, Eloise Duffey Miller, had a liver transplant three years ago and is doing very well. I had a successful liver transplant in October 1996. Our cousin, Kathleen Lecrone and many other friends are battling this disease. Kathleen's sister, Josephine Miles, has worked with Kathleen urging officials to get involved in this health issue.

Indiana, Boston and other universities are studying this illness. We need funds in this state to enable more research.

I want to mention the importance of the organ donor program. Remember, "Don't take your organs to heaven...Heaven knows we need them here!"

Watch for the above symptoms and take action if they appear.

David F. Duffey

Hagerstown

Can't the GOP keep its promise to de-fund NEA?

To the editor:

As a citizen, voter, and taxpayer, I am shocked, disgusted, and outraged over the activities of the National Endowment for the Arts. They have used our tax dollars to depict religious blasphemy, sexual torture, incest, child sex, rape, homosexual perversion, and other subjects too sordid to mention.

It seems there is no fear of God before their eyes. They don't realize that every good blessing they have has come from the God they are defaming.

It has seemed that what was once the great United States of America blessed so bountifully by a loving God has become more heathen than godly.

It was my understanding that the Republican controlled Congress was going to abolish the NEA funding this year, but they seem to be backing off from this now.

May I encourage every citizen to contact our local congressional delegation in Washington at 1-202-224-3121 and urge them to vote to abolish this wasteful, blasphemous, agency and save our taxes. God bless you.

Lucille Marquiss

Hagerstown

Do you know the truth behind the income tax?

To the editor:

Every now and then you come across something extraordinary that's worth telling others about.

While browsing in the used bookstore on South Main Street in Chambersburg I noticed several copies of an obscure new video entitled "The Truth Behind the Income Tax." And considering it's tax time I purchased one.

Now I'm no film critic, but in my opinion this has to rank among the most wonderful and enlightening documentaries ever produced. And after sharing it with several friends, including a tax expert, who all had the same reaction, I had to write in and encourage everyone else to see it. In fact, to insure that everyone has an opportunity to view it I'll be more than happy to show my copy free to any civic, church, family, etc., group who otherwise can't procure a copy. I can be reached at 1-717-264-5163.

Whatever you do, be sure to see it.

Barry K. Hershey

Chambersburg, Pa.

Alzheimer's march starts on Saturday

To the editor:

The impact of Alzheimer's disease reaches far beyond the 8,000 residents of Western Maryland who have the disease. It reaches their families, friends, and care givers. Because this country does not effectively deal with chronic illness, Alzheimer's is also crippling our economy and health care system. Many families and advocates in Western Maryland are joining the Western Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in a March on Washington, D.C., April 26-29 during the Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum to fight for the lives of those suffering from this insidious and deadly disease.

The Alzheimer's Association has witnessed the devastation Alzheimer's disease wreaks on both family members as well as friends. We have seen its toll on patients and care givers alike, and have seen them drained physically, emotionally, and financially. We have heard of affected individuals and their families suffering from a lack of understanding of the disease process as well as how to properly manage care.

Today, 8,000 Western Maryland residents are thought to have Alzheimer's disease, and this number will increase to 10,000 by the year 2000.

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