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Letters to the editor

January 06, 2004

Hospital must move forward


To the editor:

Kudos to Tim Rowland for his recent opinion piece titled "City fought the good fight, but it's time to move hospital forward."

It is big-picture time. Modern medicine simply cannot take a back seat to a fuss over the new hospital relocation itself, or whose ego - Mr. Hamill's or Mr. Breichner's - will end up with the biggest bruise.

The City of Hagerstown stands to lose very little financially, but the citizens of the greater Hagerstown area do stand to lose a lot in the event a fine new hospital is not built at the Robinwood site.

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Rowland is right in stating that the Hagerstown council members need to step up and lead. That means going to the mayor and saying "Enough. A new hospital has our vote." Storming the Maryland Medical Commission with lawyers is also futile and wrong.

It is time that the citizens of Hagerstown contact the City Council members and demand that "It's time to move the hospital forward."

Albert W. Schreiber
Hagerstown




Hunting alone


To the editor:

I would like to respond to the article in the Letter to the Editor about hunting in pairs. I believe Mr. Singh meant well by his concern about hunters hunting alone and I do send my sympathy to the family that lost their loved one while hunting.

I am a hunter, fisherman, boater and outdoorsman. I have traveled through the West, neighboring states, Alaska and Brazil and served a lifetime career as a park ranger. I enjoy most of my outdoor activities alone.

My question to Singh is, should we pass laws prohibiting people from doing these activities alone? This becomes a matter of individual choice and restricting one's right of movement, which is a basic constitutional right.

My choice as an outdoorsman is adventure, exploring, finding new territories, meeting new people, hunting wild game and to enjoy the beauty of God's creation. Much of this is hiking or canoeing alone.

These adventures take planning, preparation, experience and caution. Many of these adventures are by God-given faith and direction and we really do not know what the outcome will be.

Many of our forefathers who were hunters, trappers and explorers, founded new territories, new routes, conquered the wilderness, were independent, had faith and yes were loners. They helped to establish our nation.

When my time comes to leave this earth, having made peace with God, I hope I will be hunting, exploring the woodlands, mountain peaks and trees which are cathedrals pointing to the heavens, witnesses of the God who created them and us. I say what a way to go.

I know my family would be sad, because death is sad. However, it takes place and they would be happy I went enjoying what I love to do.

You cannot put us in a box. It is our freedom to choose to hunt or not to hunt or to hunt in pairs or hunt alone.

Guy Mullinix
Clear Spring




Donations sought


To the editor:

While traveling to Renfro Valley, Ky., last week I learned that Pam Perry's 24-year-old daughter Christine King was killed in an auto accident on Oct. 11, 2003. She is survived by three young children, Summer, Trenton and Hunter who were in the car at the time.

A benefit show was held on Nov. 23, at the Old Barn Theater at Renfro Valley to help with funeral and medical expenses.

Anyone who would like to make a donation may do so at the following address:

Christine King Memorial Fund, Berea National Bank, 424 Estill St., Berea, KY 40403.

Inky Eckstine
Boonsboro

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