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Letters to the Editor 10/13

October 12, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/13



Back off the cruisers



To the editor:

So it has come down to this. The Hagerstown City Council wants to take away a "right" from teen-agers. Do they actually think that what they want to do is legal or Constitutional?

One of the council members said that it is to stop drug trafficking downtown. Bull! We all know that this is just a way to harass teen-agers who like to cruise and show off their cars and congregate to chew the fat.

Why don't you just leave them alone? They are not bad kids, there just isn't anything else in this run-down city for them to do.

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My daughter "Cruises the Dual" from time to time and I hope that she is the first to be fined for being on public property in her car more than three times an hour. I will be the first to contact my congressman to challenge the constitutionality of their stupid law.

Gary Fornwalt

Hagerstown

Shuster spends, never responds



To the editor:

It was publicized in your paper yesterday that Rep. Bud Shuster has spent a $1 million-plus so far in his current re-election campaign. I think this is a sizable amount to spend for re-election, especially when he is unopposed. Efforts to reach his campaign manager, Ms. Eppard, were unsuccessful. It was further reported that the source of these funds are derived from various corporations either in, or related to, the transportation industry.

With that as background, I would like to know how this money is being spent on his campaign. I have received no direct mail, have seen no ads either in the paper or on television or radio. How is he spending all this money?

It has been my personal experience that he has been totally unresponsive to any letters I have addressed to him. Of course, why should he? He has run unopposed for decades. It appears that he owes his allegiance to the transportation lobbyists. In short, I do not feel that I have a representative who cares a whit about his constituents, although I am sure that some will come forward with good deeds that he has performed on their behalf, few though they may be.

Come election day, I, a registered Republican, am writing in Jeff Coy for my congressman. He is a person whom I have found really works for the people who elect him.

Arthur P. Owens

Fayetteville, Pa.

Great care



To the editor:

Last Friday evening, Sept. 15, I was rear ended by an 18-wheeler on U.S. 15 in Point of Rocks, Md. I have absolutely no recollection about events leading up to the accident or the accident itself. I was removed from the back seat of my car unconscious with heavy bleeding from the top of my head. By any form of logic I should have been taken to the morgue but was air-lifted instead by helicopter to the trauma unit of the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

There are no words in the English language to express my thanks to all of the individuals, from the EM's at the roadside to the Maryland State Police who were with me in the helicopter, to Dr. Kross in the trauma unit, who did not need any more practice with his sewing techniques, to Dr. Hood who treated me more like a son than a patient, to the lab personnel who were attempting to take blood from a turnip due to my small veins, to the many other persons in the hospital who gave me not just excellent care but did it with a sincere interest, and not just as a job.

All personnel were native-English speakers so there were no communication misunderstandings. While other hospitals may be larger and more famous, as far as I am concerned the Washington County Hospital is the only hospital on the face of the earth.

Russell Walker

Madisonville, Va.

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