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Letters to the Editor

November 10, 2007

WJEJ story great, but where was Lou?



To the editor:

Your article in last Sunday's Herald-Mail was interesting and informative and a tribute to the great 1240 AM radio station.

However, I was shocked that Mr. Hagerstown, Lou Scally's name never got a line of note. Lou's a class act DJ and has contributed much to the success of WJEJ.

Lou, you are a natural. Keep up the good, professional and entertaining work for your city.

Rev. Joseph L. Stahura

St. Mark the Evangelist

Greencastle, Pa.




Herald-Mail should stick to stories on important topics



To the editor:

I would like to respectfully reply to the editor's response to my letter. I appreciate your comment and your defense of the article written in Saturday's paper (Oct. 27) about Commissioner Terry Baker.

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If The Herald-Mail considers allegations (an allegation is a declaration without proof) in a non-served divorce document newsworthy, then so be it.

A precedent has been set; continue to write these types of articles. I, personally, am more interested in the safety of United States men and women serving in Iraq and throughout the world, the presidential campaign, health care, education, rising gas prices, global warming, and on a lighter seasonal note, the NFL. I might peruse the local residents' divorce stories and think to myself, "Hmm!"

The Herald-Mail should reconsider this type of reporting as being newsworthy and continue the well-established reputation of writing wonderful and poignant articles for Washington County and the Tri-State area, whether it's local, national or world news. Keep The Herald-Mail a first-rate, world-class newspaper.

Anita E. Kay

Hagerstown




Three cheers for Meagan Graff and her cause



To the editor:

I give three cheers or more to Meagan Graff hi-lighted in the Oct. 14 edition of The Herald-Mail, for outstanding action in taking a stand and being a voice heard as to an unnecessary requirement put forth by her school, not just for her own self gain, but for the peers around her.

In part, it's the issue that Meagan is taking a stand about that impresses me, but more so the fact that she is willing to step up to the plate. In our "too accepting" or "tolerant" society today, most adult people do not take the opportunities allowed to them to speak, let alone our younger generation.

This is a generation that is largely taught on "feel good" programs within our school systems; most parents do not question the necessity of such programming. While some programs can be for the common good, many are a far cry from what should be concentrated on our learning and achieving in these young people's future lives.

May I be so bold as to suggest to her school principal that maybe this young lady has it exactly right when Meagan tells you "this class is a waste of valuable learning time?" Possibly the class could be offered as an elective for those who feel they need to form teacher/student relationships.

As a parent of a child in this school, I believe I would also question the safety issue of the class being held in the stairwells of the building. Is this not against the fire code?

We are moving forward in society with fewer and fewer people who are willing to step up, speak out or be a leader. Speaking frankly is becoming rarer by the day. Please make not to keep Meagan in the recesses of your mind. I see her as a future leader. Best wishes, Meagan! You will go far.

Felicia Hollingshead

Greencastle, Pa.




Better diet can help to control Type II diabetes



To the editor:

November is Diabetes Awareness month, and it's a good time to focus on the tremendous challenge faced by the more than 20 million children and adults in the United States who cope with this potentially life-threatening condition.

According to a recent study in Diabetes Care, many participants ranked the burden of comprehensive diabetes care as just as bad as the painful daily complications from diabetes.

Most people with Type II diabetes take dozens of medications to control cholesterol and blood sugar. But as a dietitian, I am excited by new research showing that a vegan diet can help reduce or even eliminate the need for a multi-drug regimen.

Researchers have demonstrated that a diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits can lower blood sugar and cholesterol, cause weight loss and decrease the risk of diabetes complications, including heart failure. Studies have shown that this dietary approach is easier than one requiring portion limits and carbohydrate restrictions.

Using a vegan diet as part of a Type II diabetes treatment plan is a way for people, in consultation with their physician, to take control of their health without the cost, inconvenience or discomfort of measuring portions or taking dozens of medications. For details, please visit www.PCRM.org/diabetes.

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

Physicians Committee for

Responsible Medicine

Washington, D.C.

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