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Letters to the Editor

February 06, 2009

Lay off the cola



To the editor:

I read with interest the recent article, "Cola wars are back in high gear." It seems that soda sales fell about 4.8 percent in the U.S. during the first nine months of last year. Cocoa-Cola's U.S. soft drink sales fell 4.4 percent in the same period.

I hope this indicates that the U.S. population is getting smarter about knowing that soft drinks are empty calories, with no nutrition and are one of the greatest causes of obesity. Even the artificial sweeteners are now suspect for tricking the body into weight gain like regular sugar, not to mention the nervous system problems caused by many artificial sweeteners. We would live our lives pleasantly in a less expensive way if we would drink good water and/or fruit juices in moderation rather than waste money on soft drinks. This generation has been reared on soda rather than milk and the weight increases show this very thing.

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As Coca-Cola starts its new campaign, "Open Happiness," and "Coke Side of Life," don't be fooled into spending your hard won income on such unhealthy frivolity.

Judith McLean
Waynesboro, Pa.




Help our veterans



To the editor:

Proud, young American fighting men and women are serving and sacrificing for freedom around the world. These same young men and women, as veterans, will be coming to the VA with special needs and challenges that require the hearts and hands of a new generation of VA volunteers.

The Martinsburg, W.Va., VA Medical Center invites citizens, young and old, to join us in honoring our veterans and learning more about our VA volunteer program during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Feb, 8 to 15.

Every citizen can make a positive difference in the life of a hospitalized veteran. Visits from school children and other community groups do much to lift the spirits of our hospitalized veterans. I invite every member of our community to participate.

Call our Voluntary Service office at 304-263-0811, ext. 3309 or 3310, to schedule a visit or to learn how to become a volunteer at our Medical Center.

Ann R. Brown
Medical Center Director
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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