Letters to the Editor

January 26, 2009

A wise decision

To the editor:

Bravo to Keedysville teen Haley Eckel for her compassionate choice to become a vegetarian ("Voyage to vegetarianism," Jan. 20).

As someone who also became a vegetarian as a teenager 15 years ago, I can say it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Not only does it help prevent cruelty to animals, but it's better for the planet, too. And of course, vegetarians have been to shown to enjoy lower risks of many chronic illnesses.

Here's to hoping that many of Haley's friends join her in her quest to make the world a better place. Each one of us can learn from Haley's example and act - every time we sit down to eat.


Paul Shapiro
Senior Director
The Humane Society of the United States' factory farming campaign
Gaithersburg, Md.

Support for literacy

To the editor:

The LIU12 Franklin County (Pa.) Literacy Council would like to show appreciation for the community's support. Jan. 18, the council hosted a movie to kick off the Buck A Book campaign.

Thanks to Linda Boeckman and her staff at the Theatre 60, families were able to enjoy a fun afternoon. Also, special thanks to Red Robin restaurant for sponsoring Buck A Book and bringing its mascot Red out to congratulate children, helping our council raise funds. The council would also like to thank the many volunteers who put together a great event.

We especially appreciate the parents who brought their children to learn more about the literacy council and to help us raise money to bring books to new adult readers.

It is only through community support that the literacy council can promote reading for all residents of Franklin County.

Improving literacy in our community is one way to improve the quality of life in our area. Literacy can help people get jobs, manage their money, maintain good health and become productive members of society.

If you would like more information about the literacy council please call the office at 717-504-4459.

Thank you for helping us to raise the level of literate individuals in our county.

Marie Steinbacher, Coordinator
LIU12 Franklin County Literacy Council
Chambersburg, Pa.

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