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June 04, 2003

All are beautiful



To the editor:

I wanted to comment on Bob Maginnis' column on Lindsay Cogar. I can sympathize with her. I know with having dwarfism I get some people who just don't understand or care to find out more about someone such as myself.

I'm hoping that by time Lindsay reaches my age (38) more exposure about people with certain physical disabilities will have been addressed. We live in a world that at times is so concentrated on what you look like on the outside if one doesn't fit the norm be it by height or weight, etc., one at times is not accepted. Or they may be excluded and left out and poked fun at like they're some kind of monster.

I think it's high time in our society we teach our children, be it at home or in the school system and in the magazine, movie, newspaper, radio and TV media, that people don't have to be carbon copies of Brad Pitt or Britney Spears to succeed in the business and personal world.

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Let's start showing in the media that people like Lindsay can be intelligent, funny, pretty and don't have to be tall, thin and showing off their bellies. Maybe if we started doing that we would all learn from something instead of being so self-centered about what one looks like.

Maybe the next time one goes to apply for a job with experience and qualifications, they will be given a chance to show their talents. Maybe the next time one encounters someone who is single, they might get asked out. And maybe the next time one tries out for a sporting event in school they will be chosen.

I think we are all guilty of prejudging something. What would it be like if someone didn't try lobster because of what it looked like? They would miss out on a delicious seafood delight. Doesn't the same thing apply to prejudging someone due to their physical appearance, thinking that they can't succeed or be smart, funny, attractive, etc.?

If everyone took a mirror and really looked at themselves in the mirror, what would they see? With me, I know everyone is just skin and bones.

Lindsay sounds like a feisty young lady and she is more than welcome to contact me if she likes because I'm interested in starting a group here in the community for people with disabilities for support. We are people in this community who are vital to the community and who are beautiful too.

Helen Willis

Hagerstown




Bush's legacy



To the editor:

Why are so many people against Bush?

Could it be because 2.8 million jobs have been lost? Eight-hundred-thousand exhausted their unemployment; Maytag is moving to Mexico - that's 300,000 jobs; $2.8 million has been cut from veterans; there are no funds for after-school activities, or, in some states, kindergarten class, and after 130 years of service, a casket company was closed.

There have been cuts in homeless programs, and we will be in debt for more than 30 years.

The stock market hasn't been this bad since 1978, and the federal deficit is twice as deep as last year. It cost from $1.2 to $1.4 billion each day for war, 41 million are without health insurance, 9 million children are without adequate support, Standard Register cut 500 jobs and the S&P 500 index lost 40 percent over the past three years.

A $4 trillion surplus has turned into a $7 trillion debt. Economic pressure forces school hours to be cut. Senior services, fire, police, ambulance, nursing care and hospitals have been cut.

Bush blocked grants for Head Start and disabled children. Homeland Security laid off 6,000 screeners, 6 million children are left behind and unemployment is up to 6 percent.

There is so much more, this paper would look like a Washington Post on Sunday if I mentioned them all.

It has not been this bad since 1931. This is what the first tax cut created; ready for another one? Other than what I mentioned, Bush is doing a great job. But not for us. He needs another war to take our mind off of economy.

John Baker

Clear Spring

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