Letters to the Editor 1/4

January 04, 2001

Letters to the Editor 1/4

Looking for Barney

To the editor:

I am a member of Co. K, 81st Pa. Volunteer Infantry Regiment. We are a Civil War group based in Luzerne County, Pa. I am trying, as much as possible, to research the men and history of the 81st for a booklet on the men of the regiment. If possible, would you help me with some information?

I am trying to locate the burial location of Barney Kelly, a veteran of Co. K, 81st Pa., who died April 15, 1931, in Hagerstown. I recently wrote to the Washington County Historical Society for their help. They referred me to you. They suggested that possibly you would have a copy of his obituary, which may shed some light on his burial site.

I would be very grateful for any help you can give me, and I thank you very much.

Ted Dombroski

Co. K, 81st PVI


768 McNair St.

Hazelton, Pa. 18201

Area needs its own off-beat cinema

To the editor:

On Sunday, Dec. 24, on your "Showtime" page you printed reviewers' picks for two sets of "Top Films" of 2000 - 18 movies total. A number of these were not shown on any local screen.

Granted that these selections are not widely popular, mass-audience films, it would seem that with 29 separate showing venues in this town, one could be reserved for out-of-the ordinary, but meritorious, movies.

As it is, the nearest place to see off-beat cinema is at the Shepherdstown Opera House. And The Herald-Mail doesn't even see fit to list those offerings in the weekly master list of movies and theaters. Even if the Opera House doesn't advertise in your paper, couldn't you consider this a public service? We keep hearing about how much the arts - symphony - museum, Arts Council activities, etc. - show what a cultured place this is to live. Seems that high quality movies deserve to be included in that list.

Katherine Sweeny


(Editor's Note: When the listings are provided by the theater, The Herald-Mail runs Shepherdstown Opera House films in its Thursday Weekend Section.)

No meat is healthy

To the editor:

"Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you be my meal tonight?" Good grief, Santa Claus contemplating Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as Christmas dinner? Well, in a misguided attempt to avoid the growing threat of mad cow disease, European consumers have lately been upping their demand for Rudolph's real-life relatives from Finland.

Sentimentality aside, reindeer meat doesn't qualify as health food, with a 3.5-ounce serving packing 112 milligrams of cholesterol, not a speck of fiber, and no vitamin A or C.

But before we overly castigate panicked reindeer-meat-eaters, what if there were popular songs titled, "Rudolph, the Red Beaked Chicken," or Rudolph, the Red Snouted Pig," or "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Cow?" Maybe that might dampen America's appetite for chicken, pork and beef. And that would be a good thing. If recent news about mad cow disease has evoked your concern, make the smart choice of switching to a vegan dinner. You'll also cut your risk of heart disease, many cancers, stroke, diabetes and obesity. And Rudolph and company will live to fly another day.

Truth is, no cholesterol-laden meats or other animal products belong on a healthy menu. So do what reindeer do: go vegetarian.

Neal D. Barnard, M.D.

President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Washington, D.C.

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