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Letters to the editor

August 26, 2003

No manners


To the editor:

What has happened to parents teaching their children manners, morals and respect for others?

As I sat in my car in the CVS parking lot on Cannon Avenue in Hagerstown, I observed a group of children between the ages of 5 and 14 riding their bikes and skateboards into the paths of cars, and blocking the wheelchair accessible entrance and exit to the store. Two more children came from McDonald's with food and drinks. Needless to say all the trash went on the parking lot.

When I asked them to pick up their trash and move out of the way so people could get through, they proceeded to curse me out and tell me they didn't have to pick up trash. I then went to a supervisor in the CVS Store who told me there was nothing she could do.

I said why not call the City Police, and she told me it would take them 11/2 to 2 hours to get here and they would be upset with her for wasting their time. She also stated that several customers had been threatened by these children.

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I then called the City Police and talked to the deputy officer who blamed CVS and said it's private property and they couldn't do anything without CVS consent, and even if they did something nothing would happen because the children are too young to understand. Where are their parents?

I am 45 years old and would have never thought about talking back to an adult when I was these children's age and I would have never cursed at an adult or I would have gotten a backhand. I would have never thought about telling my parents that I threw trash on the ground because I know it is wrong. I was taught morals and respect for people and property. I think the citizens and the police should be willing to take the responsibility for teaching these children so they become productive adults. I think right now is the time for the parents to be put on notice for their responsibility, before these children grow up. I hope I am not the only person out there seeing this behavior. Please do something to help out. Let your police know they need to talk to these children so they become part of the solution and not a part of the problem as adults.

I see too many children looking to sports or TV for their role models when they should look no further than their own homes. Their parents should be their role models.

Larry Lorshbaugh
Hagerstown




Hospital belongs at Robinwood


To the editor:

As a long-time practitioner at Washington County Hospital and a charter member of the Board of Washington County Health System, I have long been involved in local health care decisions. At that time, the building of Robinwood, and the fleshing out of the Health System were our priorities. A new hospital was not discussed.

With no official association with either organization and now retired, I nevertheless follow health care decisions and discussions primarily in the local press. This has only reinforced my impression that this area needs and its residents deserve a new hospital to maintain its outstanding level of care. Changing times, changing needs and changing methods indicate this is so.

The desire to maintain that presence in the city is understandable, but logic indicates it should be at Robinwood. This decision is reinforced by two recent events:

First, an orderly, careful, and logical presentation of the time and effort to bring plans to their present state as presented recently to the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club by James Hamill, chief executive officer of Washington County Health System.

The second was a visit to a friend hospitalized at Washington County Hospital. When two of us entered the semi-private room which had only normal equipment, the two visitors already there found it expedient to leave to prevent overcrowding.

On another front, does this pose an argument for a single political entity be it City-County or County-City?

Harold H. Gist M.D.
Hagerstown

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