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Letters to the editor

April 12, 2005

Dick Trump a breath of fresh air


To the editor:

I have known Dick Trump for 10 years. I met him when I began my real estate career. He owns and operates most of the real estate books I use for advertising.

In the entire decade that I have worked with Trump, I have never once known him to speak negatively about anyone. Anything he says and does is always positive.

He is very honest and trustworthy, which is rare these days in a politician. He exhibits strength and character, having just lost his wife, Roxanna (who by the way was also one of the best human beings I have ever known), two days before Christmas.

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It is my belief that Dick Trump will be the breath of fresh air that we need in Hagerstown. And, if you hear any negative comments about him, just consider it sour grapes.

Cynthia Moler
Hagerstown




Only profit drives developers


To the editor:

The out-of-county developers flooding Washington County at this time of extraordinary growth are by and large an arrogant, disdainful bunch. They treat county residents condescendingly, as if they are ignorant and can't possibly grasp the meaning of "environmental impact."

Our farm streams mostly flow to our larger creeks and then on to the Potomac River, and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay. What is done here in Washington County has an impact all the way downstream. If we do not observe sound preservation/conservation standards here and now, future generations will be paying the price. The most inexpensive solution to the endangered Chesapeake is conservation efforts that take place all along its watershed.

These developers want to dismiss residents' concerns and the county's ordinances as "unwarranted" and "overkill." The ordinances are just something the "little planners" want to enforce. They scoff at our laws and our regulations as something they can get around and if the planning commission turns down their requests for variances, they say "I'll go to the board of zoning appeals and they will grant it."

When the rural building moratorium is lifted, the new-to-the-county developers would do well to listen to their next door neighbors - they are the ones who have observed the land through the years under many different scenarios, including drought and flood. They know where the water flows and which roads wash out; which wells are likely to become contaminated or go dry; where the snow remains long past melt time. These newcomer/developers would be wise to listen instead of disparaging the current residents and remember that the residents are the ones who will pick up the tab for essential services when they leave.

Hank Livelsberger
Rohrersville




A chance to shop for hospitals


To the editor:

Your paper may have missed an opportunity to inform readers about a new resource from Medicare that provides quality of care data on local and national hospitals.

On April 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that runs Medicare, unveiled its new consumer resource, Hospital Compare, available by visiting www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov or www.medicare.gov and selecting Compare Hospitals in Your Area.

Hospital Compare offers free, objective quality information on how hospitals treat patients with certain illnesses. The same information is also available by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

As the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in Maryland, Delmarva Foundation wants to make sure your readers are aware of this important tool.

The Medicare quality measures are one way to see how well a hospital is caring for its patients in treating specific conditions like heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. Seniors, caregivers and health care consumers should also consult community resources and senior networks for information when making decisions about hospital care.

The quality measures on Hospital Compare come from data from each hospital's patient records.

Delmarva Foundation works with Maryland hospitals to improve their quality of care through on-site training and other resources. We applaud our area hospitals that have voluntarily reported quality data. Their efforts to publicly report quality data and improve their quality of care benefit everyone who needs, or may someday need, hospital care.

Maulik Joshi
President and CEO
Delmarva (Md.) Foundation

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