Letters to the Editor 11/17

November 17, 2000

Letters to the Editor 11/17

What a great country

To the editor:

Isn't it wonderful that we had an election and all the controversy which surrounds it. Think about it. If this were some third-world country, none of us would have any options.

We might not have four candidates from whom to choose. We wouldn't get time off to vote. We wouldn't get the national coverage telling us what's happening during the process.

More importantly, we wouldn't get the opportunity to express our dissatisfaction with the process, nor have the opportunity to change it. At this juncture, I just want to know who is going to be president of the United States. Either one will do a fine job because the people, through their elected officials, have put a process in place that guarantees our voice will be heard and the best interest of our country will prevail.


I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, I'm an American and I have inalienable rights. Wow! I feel privileged to be part of a system which gives people the right to complain, moan and groan, argue against or for the system. We should respect those rights. I'm disappointed that both candidates have chosen to sue their way into office.

But guess what, I have the right to petition my congressman and ask him to change the system so that can't happen again. I get to voice my opinion openly about something as significant as the process for electing the president. I can openly tell people what I think about the candidates.

I can ask for election reform, campaign reform and tax reform. Heck, I can run for president. To all the naysayers who are complaining about this election I say this, "isn't it wonderful?" The process works. If the system can be made more efficient, "we" get to do that. Don't complain about the system, change the system. It's your right. To all our school-age citizens, you have been given a cram course in politics and American history - learn from this experience. Don't take your rights for granted and become a better citizen. What a great country!

John S. Mazzocchi, Jr.


Test your marrow

To the editor:

November is National Marrow Awareness Month. If you are not familiar with this program, it is a life-saving opportunity for people to make a difference in the lives of others who are not so fortunate.

After reading an article in Family Circle several months ago, I decided to do something. The story was of a mother of a young child who had leukemia and the child's only hope was for a bone marrow transplant. All I could think about was "what if this happens to one of my children and there isn't anyone on the transplant list that could save my child's life?" That was enough for me to take some action.

As a potential donor on the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, I have the opportunity to save someone's life and I cannot imagine a more worthwhile cause to be a part of in my own life.

Did you know that the NMDP has facilitated more than 10,000 transplants in more than 25 different countries?

Did you know that each year, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia or other life-threatening blood diseases?

Did you know that only 30 percent of all patients in need of a transplant actually find a matched donor within their families?

Did you know that on any given day, more than 3,000 patients are searching the NMDP Registry for a matched donor?

It only takes a simple blood test to become a potential volunteer. Make a difference in someone's life today. It will do your heart good. To receive information on this important program, contact the National Marrow Donor Program on their website or call 1-800-MARROW-2.

Brenda DeYoung

Greencastle, Pa.

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