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Letters to the Editor 9/20

September 21, 2000

Letters to the Editor 9/20



Vets turned into charity cases



To the editor:

Isn't it wonderful some readers live in a state that honors its military veterans by taking away our small state income tax exemption of $2,000 when we reach age 65, and now promises nursing homes and other badly needed care if citizens will just buy enough special lottery tickets.

For years Native Americans have been our nation's most neglected minority, but at least they get to "run" their own gambling casinos. Yet in a misguided effort to honor our veterans, West Virginia has chosen to turn us into charity cases - although those TV ads are stirring.

David Woods

Middleway, W.Va.

Turning Point not connected to this crime



To the editor:

I am writing to clarify a community misperception that has apparently occurred as a result of an article published on Sept. 10 regarding a mental health caregiver that was convicted of embezzling $2,200 from a client served by The Turning Point of Washington County.

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The caregiver guilty of this egregious violation of ethical standards was not an employee of Turning Point and was not associated with or assigned by Turning Point in her capacity of providing care to one of our clients.

Our dedicated staff work hard to gain the trust of their clients and their families and would greatly appreciate your assistance in correcting the misconception that Turning Point is connected to the embezzlement.

Turning Point of Washington County Inc. is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping individuals with mental illness improve mental health, attain skills and gain access to the supports necessary to lead independent and meaningful lives in the community. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of the individual, families and community we serve through the provision of consumer-driven, effective services and through our alliances with other service providers and advocacy groups.

Peter Shubiak

Executive Director, Turning Point of Washington County Inc.

Hagerstown

Rep. Bartlett's record nothing to be proud of



To the editor:

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett recently suggested that we check the facts regarding his voting record.

Who was the federal representative that said no to relief for farmers? Who was the federal representative who introduced legislation to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education?

Who was the federal representative who voted no on helping Maryland dairy farmers? Who was the federal representative who said no to the economic plan which has led to the greatest economic prosperity in our nation's history? Who was the federal representative who introduced legislation to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons?

Who was the federal represenative who voted no on the responsible fatherhood bill? Who was the federal representative who voted no on education funding for disadvantage students? Who was the federal representative who voted no on the managed care consumer protection bill?

Who was the federal representative who voted no on the agriculture appropriations bill making appropriations for agriculture spending in Fiscal Year 2000? Who was the federal representative who voted no on the appropriations bill for the Department of Veteran Affairs?

Any guesses?! Roscoe Bartlett said no not only to these bills but also to the good and hard-working people of the 6th District. It is time for us to say no to Roscoe Bartlett. Nov. 7 is not that far away.

John Ewald

Laurel, Md.

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