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Letters to the Editor 10/8

October 06, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/8



Story disappoints



To the editor:

I am very disappointed in your covering of the "100 years of memories" with the centenarians of Washington County, held at Williamsport Retirement Village.

If you could have seen the excitement of the two ladies of Ravenwood getting ready, getting hair done, etc. for the celebration, your reporters would have most certainly gotten the four present all together for a photo to be placed in the newspaper. It certainly would have made their day more complete - no partiality shown.

Annette Myers

Westminster, Md.




Inmates gripe about bug bites



To the editor:

I am an inmate at the Washington County Detention Center. Recently, a few of the female inmates had contracted abnormal bites all over their bodies. In turn, the jail maintenance workers fumigated just the one room the females reside in.

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My complaint is, that if there were such bugs as lice, mites, crabs, etc. those females contracted, then they have traveled in and out of other inmate units also.

No one can seem to detect the source of the problem. My question would be: Why isn't the whole female housing unit being fumigated? This is not the first incident of someone contracting a contagious germ while incarcerated.

The people from the outside are coming into jail from off the streets, and not being quarantined. In my opinion as well as other inmates, the jail should have a system of using a product called "quale" for each individual who comes to the housing units. Some of us may be inmates who have broken the laws, but we also are still human beings.

Juanita Rowley

Lori L. Renner

Tammy Carter

Karen Bagley

Hollie Scroggins

(Editor's note: Warden Van Evans said three female inmates were treated for a rash on Sept. 28. Housing Unit 9 was fumigated and some baseboard was replaced. "We've had no complaints since then," Evans said in a telephone interview on Oct. 3.)




Why county folk should love bats



To the editor:

To residents and officials of Washington County:

As a bat conservation worker visiting this area, I noted with interest the two recent stories of bat removal from buildings.

I would like to encourage Washington County officials and residents to include the erection of a bat house as part of any responsible exclusion effort. Even those without a bat "problem" may enjoy having a bat house in their gardens.

Bat houses are educational and provide much needed habitat for these ecologically important animals. Bats are vital in the control of crop pests like corn-root worms, and cut worms, as well as mosquitoes. Farmers across the U.S. are erecting bat houses and reporting reductions of crop pests as well as biting insects.

Bats are not rodents and are actually more closely related to monkeys. They bear only one young "pup" per year, during the summer, and are extremely vulnerable to extinction due to this slow reproductive rate and the fact that they roost in large colonies where a single misguided action can wipe out a colony very quickly.

Those involved in roofing and gutter installation should be observant for signs of bat occupation. Work should be done during the months between September and May when pups have matured and most bats have moved to caves for winter hibernation. To remove bats during the summer months leaves the flightless young to die of starvation and an entire generation is lost.

The proper exclusion of bats and the erection of bat houses is not difficult and free information is available from Bat Conservation International, P.O. Box 162603, Austin, TX 78716, www.batcon.org.

Remember, a single bat can consume 2,000 insects in a single evening. Without this natural insect control, far more pesticides are necessary to grow our food. Let's do our part to save the bats, before it's too late.

Lois Blumenthal

Hagerstown




If they can't take care of their tenants...



To the editor:

If Al Gore can't fix a leaky toilet or a stopped-up sink and Joe Lieberman can't fix a broken railing for their tenants, how in the world can they be trusted to run this country?

Gore and Lieberman's populist rhetoric about fighting for the poor and the working class against the powerful promotes class warfare and class envy. Your tenants were the poor, you were the powerful. You were unwilling to do simple repairs to your property. What these two mean when they promise to fight for the working class is that every measure that would increase financial independence and well-being will be opposed. This creates dependency groups who then are compensated by federal handouts and a redistribution of wealth paid for by those who pay taxes.

Former senator Bill Bradley said to Gore - "Why should we believe you will tell the truth as president if you don't tell the truth as a candidate?" What an excellent character analysis provided by the former senator. If the past eight years has taught us anything, it is that character matters and that lying is a character flaw. America doesn't need another four years of corruption and scandals.

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