Letters to the editor 8/9

August 09, 2002

Doctors have deserted patients

To the editor:

The decertification of the Washington County Hospital as a level II Trauma Center has had a far-reaching impact. I felt compelled to share my outrage.

In 1971, the Maryland State Police joined in partnership with Doctor R Adams Cowley to provide the helicopter transport component of his dream for all Marylanders who suffered severe traumatic injuries to be within one hour of lifesaving trauma care. Dr. Cowley was famous for his determination to get the injured to the best facility, as fast as possible. It did not matter who you were, he treated you anyway. The matter of pay for services was never an issue.

We at the state police remain dedicated to this dream. Unfortunately, the doctors who walked out on the citizens of Western Maryland have forgotten it. I find it interesting that the trauma doctors who claim to care about saving lives are negotiating for better compensation and while doing so, the trauma center remains closed.


Our professionals are quite similar. We both take oaths of office. We are both expected to care for our fellow citizens regardless of the circumstances. The doctors of the Washington County Trauma Center should review their Hippocratic oath. The people of Western Maryland deserve better.

David B. Mitchell


Maryland State Police

Pikesville, Md.

Cable problems

To the editor:

On the front page of The Morning Herald on Friday, Aug. 2, was a listing of the cable companies, prices and the towns they serve.

Mercersburg was not listed under ComCast, whose basic rate is $37.50.

Don't expect prompt service if you have problems in Mercersburg.

You will wait four or five days for repairs.

You are told they have 24 hour service, but, when their day starts, is another story.

Dorothy G. Hull

Mercersburg, Pa.

Eat plants

To the editor:

Scientists have known for decades that mice and rats in laboratories live longer if they eat less. A new study, published earlier this month in the journal Science, says the same may be true for humans - if you're willing to cut your calories by 30 percent or more.

Fortunately, there's an easier way to extend your lifespan - without starving yourself: Go vegetarian.

Researchers have found that vegetarians live about seven years longer than meat-eaters, and vegans (who eat no animal foods, including eggs and dairy products) live 15 years longer. Meat-free diets help ward off heart disease and diabetes, cancer, stroke and much more.

Going veg is also the best method of "girth" control - and you won't be left feeling hungry. Vegetarian diets are typically 25 percent lower in fat than meat-based diets, and vegetarians tend to weigh 10 percent less than their carnivorous counterparts, without having to count calories.

Readers who are ready to "eat for life" are welcome to visit PETA's Web site for a free vegetarian starter kit.

Paula Moore

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, Va.

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