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Letters to the editor

August 15, 1997

Regulations go too far

To the editor:

This is a letter to all of those who suffer from asthma or any related respiratory illness who must use inhalers to survive with their illness. It has been reported that the Food and Drug Administration plans to ban all asthma inhalers that contain chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) in order to protect the ozone layer.

It is interesting to note that these inhalers account for less than 1 percent of the damaging substances from CFCs in the atmosphere. Accordingly, if this legislation is enacted, there will be only one kind of inhaler that would remain legal in this country.

Here is another example of a governmental agency combining with environmentalists to try to save us from ourselves! To protect us with the use of "junk science" that will invariably do more harm than good.

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To make my point more relevant, compare the devastating effects of volcanoes around the country and the world to use of hair spray, freon from refrigeration units and air conditioners, and inhalers on the environment. Have you heard any of these same people who tout the depletion of the ozone layer to use of the above small entities of chemicals in comparison to the forceful eruption of volcanoes and their everlasting effects on the environment? Of course not, it's because these junk scientists have no concrete evidence to provide the proof of their outrageous conclusions.

To be honest with you, it really scares me to see so many people are so complacent with whatever goes on in Washington. It's time to put a stop to this fallacious rhetoric.

I'm asking all those whom this will affect, including physicians, nurses, any persons that work in the medical profession and especially those with respiratory conditions that depend on this medicine to survive to call your congressman.

A last note, there is a silver lining in this dark cloud. Two representatives in Congress, Rep. Chris Smith (R.-N.J.) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R.-Fla.) are sponsoring a resolution asking the FDA to reverse itself. "Isn't there something else that the FDA could be thinking to clean the air instead of grabbing good medicine out of the hands of children and senior citizens with illnesses?" (Human Events, issue of July 25, 1997).

Mary S. Burkholder

Chambersburg, Pa.

Travel plans

To the editor:

The Hub City dwellers wake to a new dawn to discover that a few zealous patriots have met and decided irrationally to decommission a fledgling tourism program that has reached nationwide in notoriety, attacked the future with a 20-20 vision and applied a sense of purpose and direction to its charter in the past 16 months.

Neither Hagerstown nor Washington County inhabitants have ever wakened to this much enthusiasm since that day when Jonathan Hager reigned his horse and cart here in 1737.

The appointed transition team, without fear of malpractice and repercussions, wants to invest more tax dollars into marketing per se. This wild-haired scheme will only put Jonathan's cart ahead of his horse and head him back to the eighteenth century.

I will voluntarily offer five resolutions for our tourism team to reconsider:

1. If it is working, do not pretend to fix it.

2. If you have an axe to grind, get local service.

3. Remember, Rome did not build a market in 16 months.

4. Apply for early vision testing.

5. Then, develop a habitat for our heritage and uncover a longer-lasting market for the young and the older.

George Staley

Retired Consultant

Tourism Volunteer

Welfare offers good meal plan

To the editor:

The new welfare is really good.

I went to a butcher shop recently for my weekly small list only to see an Independence Card holder have a cart full.

Then I went to the supermarket for sugar, only to find a lady with a big tray of T Bone steaks and a pack of crabs to be paid with an Independence Card. It's pretty bad when a working person must eat hamburgers, while welfare recipients eat steak and crab and shrimp.

George Scott

Maugansville

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