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Letters to the Editor

March 20, 1998

Letters to the Editor

Street names help

To the editor:

The purpose of this letter is twofold - to stress the need for the enhanced 911 system and to thank the Berkeley County emergency personnel and our friends and neighbors for their kindness and assistance during a trying time.

On Dec. 15, my husband Bill suffered a traumatic injury in his home workshop. While working at home alone on hand-made Christmas gifts, he had an accident with his table saw, completely severing his left index finger and seriously injuring all of the other fingers on his left hand.

Even though we live only 4 1/2 miles from the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department and we had returned the form to Central Dispatch with directions to our house, it still took the ambulance crew approximately 30 minutes to find our house. This is not a criticism of the ambulance crew or Central Dispatch - rather it is to emphasize how important it is for everyone in Berkeley County to have a street address in order for emergency personnel to get to you quickly.

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I have heard people complaining about having to rename their streets; putting up new street signs; getting new driver's licenses, new checks, etc. etc. As far as I am concerned, these little inconveniences are preferable to not having access to quick help in an emergency.

Now, first and foremost, I want to thank Rev. Terri Cofiell of Hedgesville United Methodist Church for all she did (and still does) for us. On the evening of the accident, this wonderful lady picked me up at City Hospital at approximately 7 p.m. She drove me to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown where Bill was transferred; she stayed with me while he was treated in the emergency room, and she stayed with me while he was in surgery for approximately five hours. She then drove me home at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Thank you, too, to the 911 operator who stayed on the line with Bill until help arrived; to the ambulance crew from the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department that responded to the call; to the City Hospital Emergency Room personnel who treated Bill prior to transferring him to Hagerstown; to the ambulance crew that transported him to Hagerstown; the emergency room personnel at Washington County Hospital; Drs. Herrera and Albertoli who performed the surgery and everyone who assisted them; and the nurses and everyone on the third floor that took care of him during his stay there, especially Renee who had a way of brightening his day.

We would also like to thank our neighbors who cleared the snow from our driveway, performed various other tasks, and offered to do many more.

Shirley Moore

Hedgesville, W.Va.

Surplus issues

To the editor:

"I have gottten millions and millions of dollars for clients in litigation," advertised one attorney soliciting clients for claims for auto damages.

Solution: When attorneys pass the bar exam and become attorneys, such talent should be drafted as 90-day-wonders and become second lieutenants in the military and paid a salary in the J.A.G. - paid like the Judges and Police under the condition they take no monies or collateral.

Also, a big surplus is touted in the current session! What should we do with it? First, pay what is already committed such as to the water and sewer problem. Balancing the water and sewer problem is impossible by people with an attitude of buy today and pay tomorrow. mortaging the future will never balance the budget.

Set the auditors to work to find out where the money came from and where it was supposed to go. Start digging before jumping to conclusions that there is a surplus. If there is a windfall this too would indicate mismanagement and would require some corrective action.

Ancil Blalock

Hagerstown

Stadium needed

To the editor:

Hagerstown with its surrounding area is a nice place to live. We have just about everything we need to keep us entertained except a first-class stadium. The present Municipal Stadium is fine for sandlot baseball and could be used for soccer.

A new stadium either within the city limits or close by in the county would, in my opinion, be an enhancement.

In the present grandstand the fans are too close to home plate. Also I think the players need more room behind and around home plate - nor should an outfielder be required to run uphill to field a fly ball such as in the present left field.

These are only a couple reasons - there are more - why we should have a better stadium locally for professional baseball.

As for sandlot ball, this is not to say sandlot ball is not good. It is good and the present stadium is ample for the non-professional ball player.

G.M. Frost

Hagerstown

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