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Letters to the Editor 5/15

May 12, 2000

Moms, your kids are bad, not guns

To the editor:

Participants in the Million Mom March on Mother's Day, May 14, for more gun laws, you should look within yourselves as to why your children are committing acts of violence, rather than blaming an inanimate object. Every inanimate object has some potential hazard.

Our Constitution is a precious document. These constant attacks against it and the freedoms we here in America enjoy will result in the eventual loss of those freedoms. Once those freedoms are lost, they will never be regained.

E.J. Hamilton

Gapland

We need more deputies

To the editor:

As a new resident of Washington County, I must strongly urge the County Commissioners to increase the resources of Washington County Sheriff's Department. After living in the county merely one-and-a-half months, I have called upon the Sheriff's Department several times.

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We have reported stolen property, as have neighboring residents, flagrant and dangerous speeding and other offenses including excessive vehicle noise. Although the Sheriff's Department has been responsive, in each case we have been advised that the department lacks the number of deputies required to improve visibility in our community.

Population growth and business development in the county are inevitably increasing demands on law enforcement. In light of this, my personal experience and the testimonies of deputies within the department, it is evident that the resources needed by Washington County Sheriff's Department are less than adequate.

J. Michele Daiger-Thompson

Chewsville

Cancer walk a big success

To the editor:

On behalf of Avon Products, Inc., and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, I would like to thank the citizens if the Hagerstown area for their support of the first Washington, D.C. Avon Breast Cancer 3-day, which took place May 5-7. The response to the event has been extraordinary, and we reached maximum capacity for walkers and volunteer crew in March-a record for any first-time 3-Day city.

Several thousand women and men, more than 1,300 from the state of Maryland, took part in the Washington, D.C., event, a three-day, 60-mile walk from Frederick, Md., to Washington that raised awareness and funds for breast cancer. This is the first of seven 3-Days taking place this year, and monies generated will fund breast cancer medical research, support services, education and community-based breast health programs, with a focus on minority and medically underserved women.

Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised $55 million in the U.S. through sales of special "pink ribbon" products by Avon Sales representatives and through 3-Days, which were launched in 1998. Funds have been awarded to over 500 community-based breast health programs nationwide, including five leading cancer research institutions and St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown.

The breast cancer fight is of vital importance. Breast cancer continues to be the leading cause of death for women aged 40 to 55, and all women are at risk. The best chance for successful treatment still lies with early detection. While researchers seek a cure for breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends women follow these steps for early detection: Annual mammograms beginning at age 40; breast exams by a medical professional every three years beginning at 20, and annually after 40, and monthly breast exams beginning at 20.

Although walker and crew registration was at capacity for the D.C. Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day, we hope others will consider serving as volunteers or pledging financial support. For more information, call 1-201-466-7700 or visit www.avoncrusade.com. Get involved. It will save lives and it might change yours.

Patricia Sterling

Senior Manager

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

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