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Letters to the editor 11/8

November 08, 2002

Big loss for anti-growth crowd



To the editor:


Looks like a couple of the leading "land grabbers" lost in the election on Tuesday. Maybe Washington County can proceed with some reasonable and responsible measures that will allow for growth without taking away the property rights of its citizens.

George Michael

Big Pool




Paper did a good job



To the editor:


Citizens of the area who were unaware of the state and local candidates, their platforms, their political histories and their biographies either never read The Herald-Mail or got the paper but, immediately upon delivery, used it to line the bottom of Fluffy's litter box.

In either case, what a wasted opportunity. In an era of Brit Hume, the Fox Nuisance channel, and the rest of the poster children for lazy journalism, the staff and management of The Hagerstown Herald-Mail more than met the requirement for responsibility to its readers.

More prominent newspapers and the pretty boys and girls of the 24/7 cable news channels could take a lesson from this local paper. It definitely was not lazy. Information came at us from every perspective, every level of interest, every possible form of audience appeal, every news print layout, every size font, every style of type and every day it went to print.

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The first Sunday morning the paper told us the candidates it endorsed, I could've tacked the pages to the far wall across the room and read whom it endorsed and why through my tattered terry robe with one eye covered by a well-worn bunny slipper.

If you opened the paper, you couldn't miss the elections. The Herald-Mail had the issues and the candidates "in your face." A more difficult job was to fairly report and educate. The Herald-Mail met that responsibility also. The paper gave equitable space to candidates who pleased and candidates who irritated me. (Some were even downright amusing). Even if I didn't agree with all of the paper's endorsements (and I didn't), it researched, educated its readers, and got the information out. The paper did its job. I say well done, ladies and gentlemen, well done.

MaryAnn Keyser

Hagerstown




Great care at Coffman



To the editor:


I would like to take this time to acknowledge one of the finest nursing home facilities in our community, the Coffman Nursing Home, located on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Our family member, Carol Gack, had been a resident there for the past 14 months. I cannot describe the excellent care that she had from everyone there. Thanks to the administrator Evonne Eyler, Jean Metz the social worker, Laurie Boger and every nurse, nursing assistant and all of the facility who just gave us the assurance she was taken care of - and truly she was.

Being a social worker for several years myself, I could always walk in this home and see for myself she was in good hands. This is such a comfort and we thank everyone from laundry, dietary, housekeeping, maintenance, activities, the office and the receptionist. I hope we haven't missed anyone.

Being employed in nursing homes, I know you become attached to residents. And also, we as a family became so familiar with all who helped Carol. We learned to know and love you. Thank you and bless you, each one.

We will always be grateful to you. Truly the Lord directed our footsteps to you that day of decision. She has gone on to be with her Savior. We are comforted by the word of God, to know there is no more pain, nor suffering, for the former things are passed away.

Wayne and Kitty Lippy

Hagerstown

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