Letters to the editor - 3/21/03

March 21, 2003

Intersection at Pilot is unsafe

To the editor:

I'm a concerned citizen who lives on Md. 63 just north of the Interstate 70 and Md. 63 intersection. I've lived here just a little over two years.

I am writing this in regard to the constant truck traffic that is pulling out of the Pilot station. This letter represents not only myself, but also Highland Manor's Community Association.

In the past six months, at least two persons have been killed in accidents on the road in front of Pilot, including a valued member of our community. There have been numerous other accidents from both entrances/exits for both Pilot and the ramps off of I-70.

Myself, my husband, and a number of neighbors have all expressed concern regarding the way that trucks pull out from Pilot, often without even slowing down. I personally, as with my family and neighbors, have almost been in accidents on more than one occasion; almost on a daily basis.


Two lives have been lost at this one point on Md. 63. When will something be done?

Ginger L. Noble

Crum a loss to the community

To the editor:

I was absolutely devastated when I read the letter in the opinion section about John "Jay" Crum. Somehow I missed seeing the obituary.

This was a man who as a community we could not afford to lose. I was a counselor at Shining Tree when it opened, and I have to tell you that there was no person who was ever more committed to children than Jay Crum.

Jay constantly worked to make Shining Tree and Big Pine a place where children felt that they had a real connection. These kids were not the perpetrators of anything. They were the victims, and Jay never failed to understand that. They were troubled youth, but not youth who were in trouble. He gave them a sense of family (as much as you can give a child in a group home).

He took them on trips, and gave them a sense of self-worth. When Shining Tree first opened, money was really tight. Various social service agencies would send children to him and send no money to pay for their immediate care. Jay always took them in and many times footed the expenses out of his own pocket until he could be reimbursed. I remember him giving me $50 one day and saying, "I don't know how much food you can get with $50, but do the best you can. When I came back there were bags and bags of food, more bread than they could use, ice cream, and loads of goodies.

He said "I know you did not get all that with $50." I just laughed and said, "Makes you believe in the 'loaves and fishes' story in the Bible, doesn't it?"

Of course I did not get all that with $50, but a request to Martin's, Gold Bond Ice Cream, and Continental Bakery (Wonder Bread) sure helped to fill in a lot of things. I remember his amazement. He was always "up" because he was doing what he loved to do. Jay worked very hard so that Shining Tree would not feel like a group home.

He took pride in what he had created, and believe me when I tell you that he created something wonderful for so many children. Children were his passion, and it showed in everything that he did with them. He never worked 9-5. He was never too busy to talk to them, and was never an administrator, but always a friend.

Any child who was blessed enough to be placed at Shining Tree was on the road to recovery. To those of you who donate, I strongly suggest that you make Shining Tree a consideration for any future donation.

They truly do make a difference in the lives of the children that they serve. Bill Rouse is a wonderful person, and was a co-founder of Shining Tree with Jay. It will be up to him now, and I know that he does a wonderful job. This is one place where your donations will not be squandered.

I hope God is as good to Jay Crum as he was to the children who were placed in his care. Jay Crum may be gone, but in the hearts of those who knew him, he will never be forgotten.

Angie Harsh

Pets deserve to be inside

To the editor:

I want to thank Maria Procopio for her letter in the (Feb. 15 Herald-Mail.) She is exactly correct in checking all persons' qualities in adopting all animals. Too many irresponsible people own animals who shouldn't.

Laws should be much stricter in owning an animal. If you don't truly love and care about animals then don't do them a disservice. All pets want to be loved, cared for and one of the family. Of course they want outside occasionally but they don't want to stay outside or in a basement or garage.

Put yourself in their situation and be honest, would you care to trade places? I think not. Let the Humane Society do its job, the one it does best - being humane for all animals.

Rose Lee Meyers

Class of '78 seeks Musselman grads

To the editor:

The Class of 1978 from Musselman High School, Bunker Hill, W.Va., is planning its 25th class reunion.

We are seeking updated mailing addresses on all classmates. Please call with your new addresses. Any additional information you may have on our fellow classmates from 1978 would be appreciated.

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