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Letters to the Editor 11/23

November 22, 2000

Letters to the Editor 11/23



Art benefited riding program



To the editor:

The Mental Health Center completed its first fund-raising effort - a raffle to support therapeutic riding scholarships for children whose families cannot afford to pay for riding activities. Research backs the idea that structured horseback riding activities are very beneficial for young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The opportunity to work under expert guidance with live horses develops confidence, patience and communications skills.

Committed to making quality opportunities for the young person and their families, the Mental Health Center's board of directors took this first fund-raising step. All funds collected went directly into the scholarship.

Many nice prizes were raffled at our Sept. 12 board meeting, including cash prizes, art work and gift certificates. Prizes were donated by artists - Terri Birkhauser, Audrey Mentzer, Marilyn Harper and Betty Wachs - and the following businesses: Maryland Theatre, Ewing Oil, Charles A. Gibney Florist, Alonzo Mourning, Snavely's Garden Center, Lovell's Nursery, Otts Horticulture Center, Kamelot Florist, Giant Foods, Olympia Candy Kitchen, Shear Techniques and Campus Cutters.

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On behalf of the board of directors and the center staff, I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in this fund-raising event. Your special contribution and community support have created an opportunity that may make a big difference in a child's life.

Mark R. Lannon, LCSW-C

Executive Director

Mental Health Center

Hagerstown




Silly voters



To the editor:

Recent news reports that a considerable number of residents of Palm Beach County, Florida, have suddenly discovered that they might have completed their ballots incorrectly.

They confess that they could not read the instructions, could not understand the instructions, could not follow the instructions.

It occurs to me that these are the people who should not be voting at all.

Robert P. Molten

Hagerstown




Insurance system has some flaws



To the editor:

Could anyone explain to me how a single mother who takes her son to the hospital, gives them all the insurance information and tells them the child is covered under his father's insurance (Champus that is through the Navy) can be sued four years later? Then she's found guilty and has her wages garnished. The mother is left completely in dismay. How could this happen? The Navy is not paying a medical bill for one a dependent of an enlisted man.

I sent in another claim form only to have Tricare deny it. How can that be, since the child's father is responsible for the insurance for the child? The admittance papers clearly state insurance "Champus," sponsor's Name, U.S. Navy and the sponsor's social security number. I call everyone I can think of. Who can help? The Navy, yes you would think so. Well let me tell you, think again. All they tell her is to write an appeal and she is going to probably have to sue the father.

Doesn't that beat all? Now I had to get a second job to hopefully make ends meet. Who is responsible? Surely not a mother who had no choice but to sign the admittance papers. Since the father was over in Hawaii it was either that or deny her son treatment. What is wrong with Tricare and the Navy? When they let innocent people get prosecuted for something they have no control over. Where are the rights we are entitled to? Can anyone help?

Trudy M. Gano

Martinsburg, W.Va.

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