Letters to the Editor 12/15

December 27, 2001

Letters to the Editor 12/15

Thanks to all who helped me

To the editor:

On Oct. 29, I was driving a white car in Boonsboro, Md., on North Main Street toward the square. My car started to lose power. I did get the front of my car over to the side of the street, but not the back of it.

Even if I could have straightened my car up I was still in the street in everyone's way. This was because Boonsboro is repairing the streets.

I left my lights on and got out of my car and started walking toward the square trying to find a phone somewhere to call my son to come help me. The NAPA store was closed, but the light was on. I knocked on the door, a young man came to let me use his phone. He even offered to call a tow truck.


I thanked him and said my son would be able to take care of it. I walked back to my car. As I stood on the sidewalk the drivers had to to wait behind my car until the other side of the street cleared so they could pass me.

I couldn't believe how angry some of the drivers acted. To those who were upset with me I am very sorry I was in your way.

I hope this never happens to you, but if it does you will know how I felt. Not one of you stopped to help.

Then came a man with his wifewho turned onto a side street, and asked if I needed help. I told him yes. He told me was a firefighjter and called two others to hhelp. he called two others.

They pushed my car to the side of the street. I didn't get any of their names. I want them to know how thankful I was for their help. Then my son Lionel Abbott came, we drove to Matthew Carroll's garage.

To the young man at NAPA, the three firefighters, Lionel and Matthew I am very grateful to all of you. I thank the Lord that he sent these people to help me. I will always be thankful for their help. I'm glad to know we still have people who care about helping others.

Irene B. Weltz

Down and out and in dire need of a place to live

To the editor:

I am a single struggling mother of seven children. I am writing this letter in hopes of having a home of our own by Christmas. Right now we are living with friends. Since October we have lived in five different places and some of my children are missing school quite frequently. My oldest daughter is eight months pregnant and afraid of not having a home for her child.

I cannot give my children a Christmas or even a Christmas dinner, because I am trying to save money for a home for us. This is our only Christmas wish. Right now our family is all split. All we want is to be together once again.

At the moment I still have four of my children still with me. Unless I can find a home, I am afraid I will lose the rest of my children and grandchild as well. I work nights at a local department store stocking shelves, putting in anywhere from 75 to 85 hours every two weeks.

But it is not enough to be able to afford the first month's rent and security deposit for a home the size we need. I cannot afford more than $300 to $400 a month. I am hoping that someone out there could help us, someone who might have something sitting empty.

My my children and my job are all I have. If I lose them, I have nothing. We have no family members who can help, for they are struggling as well. I am usually too proud to ask for help like this. But we are really in dire need. So if there is someone out there who can help us, we would very greatly appreciate hearing from you in our time of need.

I can be reached by calling (301) 393-8554 and asking for Becky Trimmer. If I am not home leave a message and I will get back to you. Thank you and God bless you all during this Christmas season.

Becky Trimmer

Give to United Way

To the editor:

We grieve for all those whose lives were shattered by the events of Sept. 11, a day our country was violated in a particularly horrendous manner. From our abundance came an unprecedented outpouring of aid. The immediate response and the resilience evidenced in the planned rebuilding is typical of the American character.

Also typical of that character is our focus on events in our own communities. The United Way of Washington County campaign runs the risk of falling short this year unless we all search our hearts, dig a little deeper and find the extra funds to help meet the goal.

We make the difference in an at-risk family served by the Exchange Club Parent-Child Center.

We make the difference in the life of an elderly person served by the Commission on Aging Inc.

We make the difference in the lives of boys and girls learning to be responsible adults at the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

But it is only our caring and generosity that make these and other good things happen for all of the 21 agencies served by United Way.

Make a difference. Help United Way meet goal.

Cynthia A. Oates
United Way Board Member
Hedgesville, W.Va.

How many more children must die?

To the editor:

This is concerning the little girl who was accidentally killed by her brother.

When are parents going to learn that they should not have guns around children and if they do they should lock them up so children can't get to them?

That sweet little girl lost her life and her brother has to live with the fact that he was there to witness it and caused it. But the biggest blame goes to the parents for not locking up the guns and bullets. Please parents wake up. How many children have to die?

Agnes Carr
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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