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Letters to the editor

February 23, 2005

Writer doesn't know hard times


To the editor:

In answer to Michael D. Wasiljov's letter: You may be against Social Security for your own reasonings, but please do not call our senior citizens selfish. As the old saying goes, "don't judge others until you have walked in their moccasins."

Sounds to me as if you have been raised as a spoiled kid, now reaching the age of 33. Have you ever read history, besides reading the Constitution? You should be grateful that senior citizens can get by on the "small pittance" that you mentioned. (Instead of having revolutions in this country as they did in France, when it had too many poor citizens.) Did you live through the Depression, or through the two great wars?

No, you never knew what it was like to lose your home, or to lose a loved one in the war.

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Then you said that senior citizens were too stupid to save their money when they were younger. So too bad if senior citizens had no fiscal sense, as you have given yourself credit for. Perhaps they did not receive the good education you had. I don't think the senior citizens need your support, so go out and invest your money in the market, and see how far you get.

F.D. Miles
Hagerstown




Establish fund for Holly Place


To the editor:

I am writing about the situation regarding Holly Place. I am hoping that a bank account might be set up to which individuals and organizations might contribute to prevent the closing of this assisted living home. Some help while the state deliberates sources of funding could mean a great deal.

It would seem if this community, state and nation, can raise funds to send to victims of a natural disaster such as the recent tsunami, then we could give at home for people in need of help.

My husband and I and our three therapy dogs and one cat went to visit Holly Place recently. As part of a local group called Our Furry Friends, we do visits like this to nursing homes and assisted living establishments. We learned that Holly Place did not have a pet visitation program, so we decided to do at least one visit, with the administration's approval.

Unfortunately, there is not much time to help these people. But I want to report on our visit, where we learned about them firsthand.

First of all, the care being given the residents is outstanding. The staff members are friendly, outgoing and seem to be alert to the slightest need of a resident. The residents were so happy to see our animal ambassadors that we feel it was a very successful activity. They responded so wholeheartedly to any effort to connect with them.

These people should not be turned out of their home. Please, readers, open your hearts, and some financial institution, please try to help. You will be glad you did.

Shirley Taylor
Falling Waters, W.Va.




Union endorses council candidates


To the editor:

The Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council has endorsed the following candidates in the City of Hagerstown primary election.

Mayor: Robert E. Bruchey II; city council: Walter E. "Nick" Carter, Kelly S. Cromer, Penny May Nigh, and Harry W. Renner Jr.

Bobby Fouche
Hagerstown




Bus not staffed with local officers


To the editor:

There are two issues I would like to address in this letter. First, I would like to educate the good citizens of Washington County about the Division of Corrections transportation bus on which an inmate died. This bus comes out of the Baltimore area and is staffed by officers from the Baltimore area.

Please do not let what may or may not have happened on that bus reflect negatively on the fine officers who work at the Hagerstown prison complex. There were no officers from Washington County or the Hagerstown prison complex on this bus. These officers have maintained their professionalism through these difficult times of understaffing and the lowest morale I have seen in my 21 years of employment.

Second, I would like to congratulate every employee who took the time to make phone calls, send e-mails, and send letters concerning the Senate Bill that state Sen. Alex Mooney was going to sponsor in the legislature repealing the 50-mile involuntary transfer law. Please don't allow any employee organization, union, or group to take credit for this great accomplishment.

This was done by all employees, period. This is an example of what great things can be accomplished if employees stick together and look out for each other. The next election for governor is about a year and a half away. I would to urge those who aren't registered to vote to please do so, and then vote for the person who is friendly to state employees and not constantly trying to shorthand us hard working employees.

Rod Beard
Williamsport




Help save Holly Place


To the editor:

Please call your representatives for the purpose of keeping Holly Place open.

My sister was 87 at the time she entered the facility and lived there about six years until she died.

She didn't have a lot of money for a more expensive home.

Nancy Kline
Hagerstown

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