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Letters to the editor 2/19

February 19, 2003

Housing Authority gives assist to Easter Seals



To the editor:


Washington County and the City of Hagerstown have a gem in the community. The City of Hagerstown Housing Authority and its Executive Director Ted Shankle have impacted the lives of so many through their collaboration with Easter Seals over the last eight years.

Through their generous contribution of space, formerly the City of Hagerstown Housing Authority administrative offices, the housing authority successfully combined resources with Easter Seals to provide affordable access to the highest quality adult day services to literally hundreds who could not otherwise afford it.

Many others benefited from this partnership, including those who developed disabilities late in life (stroke, Alzheimer's disease, etc.) and who needed daytime medical/social day care to live with dignity in the community, thus avoiding institutional care.

The Hagerstown Authority and Ted Shankle deserve recognition and appreciation. Easter Seals knows the critical importance of partnership and shared mission to make a difference in the community. On behalf of the many served and so many more to be served in the future, we thank them for their tremendous support.

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Easter seals is moving on to another chapter in the Washington County/Hagerstown community. The housing authority is expanding its services and will be returning to their former administrative offices. After eight wonderful years in the housing authority offices, Easter Seals is relocating to a beautiful new site at 101 E. Baltimore St., in downtown Hagerstown.

Come by for a visit to see first hand how Easter Seals is helping family caregivers by serving adults and seniors with disabilities who need daytime support in a home-like environment. For more information, call Easter Seals Adult Day Services at 301-745-3828.

Thanks again, Ted.

Lisa Reeves

President and CEO

Easter Seals

Hagerstown




Bush steering us far off course



To the editor:


The U. S. presidential oath of office is very brief. Nowhere does it obligate the president to strive for comfort and security to the citizenry. However, that promise is implicit in much of the rhetoric that enabled this person to gain the office in the first place.

So, how is our current president doing in this respect? Not very well, in my estimation.

With each news broadcast we hear that we are on the verge of going to war because "Saddam tried to kill my daddy and if the U.N. won't do something, we'll go it alone."

So much for the prospect of peace.

Next, perhaps, the most frequently reported news is the worsening state of our economy. In a few short years our nation has gone from a budget with a surplus to a deficit that seems to get worse with each passing week. Unemployment numbers are frightening. So much for economic security.

Then there is the matter of the environment. In order to accommodate certain business interests, lands and forests that had been marked for preservation are being handed over for exploitation.

So much for "purple mountain majesties."

Not very reassuring, Mr. President.

Somewhere out there is an individual who can put national interests ahead of personal or "pal" interests and get us back to comfort and security that will enable us to help overcome hunger and disease in the world instead of spending our resources on weapons and intimidation.

Ray Poffenberger

Myersville, Md.




Let's look at re-using land



To the editor:


While sitting in the car at the post office on Northern Avenue watching cars come in and out of an already crowded parking lot, I looked across the road at a very large empty parking lot and building. The property is located beside McDonald's. The people who use the Northern Avenue post office are well-aware that more space is needed inside and out. A proposal to move its location to a new building off Leitersburg Pike was presented and put on hold.

Would it not be better to try using some of the empty buildings that are already in place?

The location would be great because it is just across the street from the current post office. The parking looks to be more than adequate and the lot seems to be large enough to either build new or remodel. The infrastructure is present and working.

We need to be more aware of land re-use in our community. Let's try to recycle property instead of leaving it empty and abandoned.

The contemporary trend in urban development is to look inward to locations that are within the developed core rather than looking out to the virgin agricultural lands that surround us and give our city its beautiful character. We need to be a part of this new trend.

If we continue to expand the geographical area of our city it will stretch the public resources and extend the feeling of disunity among the community.

Let's keep the core of the city solid and productive. Why not look at the alternative for the Northern Avenue Post Office before a new plan gets started?

Patti Divelbliss

Hagerstown




New course for hospital



To the editor:


I have been reading of the interest in keeping the Washington County Hospital within the city and would like to offer the following idea:

Offer the municipal golf course property to the hospital for the new location. There is more than enough land there for the hospital's immediate and long-term needs. They probably would never need to move again.

Any necessary roads and/or utilities could be constructed there at a minimum expense.

A fair sale price could be determined, or the hospital could construct a new golf course at another location if the city desires to stay in the golf-course business. Golfers such as I drive to the course now and would continue to do so if it were moved.

An added advantage would be plenty of parking areas as well as being adjacent to public transportation.

Robert A. Ayers

Hagerstown

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