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letters 2/14

February 14, 2001

Letters to the Editor 2/14



Too busy to read



To the editor:

In this age of very busy schedules, I understand how difficult it is to find time to add one more thing to that schedule. However, so many people in positions of responsibility (political leaders and city department managers, etc.) who say education is important and helping children at an early age is important are not willing to make a commitment of 30 minutes one day of one month during the school year.

I am so disappointed with our county and city and state elected officials. We are not asking for money, although schools always need financial help. We are not even asking you to come into our school once a week and be mentors, although we have asked this in the past and except for a rare occasion, have been turned down. Too busy. We are only asking you to give 30 minutes one day during the month of March to come and be a guest reader on any school day that fits your schedule, and I get no response. What a sad state of affairs when you can go to your luncheons, but can't come into our schools and read just once a year.

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Carolyn Bowers

Hagerstown




Hospital program offers good care



To the editor:

In response to the letter to the editor on Jan. 14, stating that the Washington County Hospital Home Health Care Program is sick, I can only say that this program is an asset to our community.

Six and a half years ago, my husband was discharged from Johns Hopkins hospital after 26 days there, following the emergency repair of the descending aorta due to an aneurysm. Needless to say, he was still very ill and a prerequisite to discharge was follow-up care by a home health agency.

He returned home on Friday afternoon and a Washington County Hospital home health nurse visited on Saturday to assist in his care. With the help of nurses, physical therapists and aides, his rehabilitation began. Many nurses, all qualified to monitor vital signs, oxygen levels, drawing blood required for different tests, visited. They were cheerful, knowledgeable, encouraging, helpful and flexible. His recovery was slow and sure.

On Jan. 3, my husband was discharged from Washington County Hospital. This is our second opportunity to avail the services of this most competent program. He is progressing nicely.

No one likes change, and the abrupt closure of the Home Health Program from the Health Department, for whatever reason, should make us thankful we have the Washington County Hospital Home Health nurses to assist in time of crisis.

At time of discharge of a patient, if this fine program is ever offered, don't refuse their professional help.

Jane Ryerson

Hagerstown




A chorus of praise



To the editor:

Our choruses at Boonsboro Middle School have been very busy during the holiday season and beyond. A great many people have volunteered and cooperated to help the choruses accomplish 10 concerts which included a tour of the elementary feeder schools as well as a recent field trip to the Kennedy Center to see a program entitled "Connections Between Science and Music." I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents, relatives, teachers and administrators of Boonsboro Elementary School, Greenbrier Elementary, Sharpsburg Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Boonsboro Middle School and the Atlantic Coast Charter Bus Line.

Also, the unsung heroes in this whole process were the students and a teacher, Bill Staley, at the Career Studies Center. We needed harps for the angels in our musical play and Staley and his students did a great job of building a dozen harps for the students to use.

I am very appreciative of all the support of the Boonsboro community for the BMS Choral Program. Without the cooperation of all parties involved, quality educational experiences for our students would not be possible. Lynn Miller and April Bishop, our administrators, have been incredibly willing to do the extra work to make all of this possible. Thank you one and all.

Laurie Baker

Teacher

Boonsboro Middle School

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