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March 13, 2009

Thanks to all who support Hagerstown's Holly Place

To the editor:

To all the wonderful people who came out to the concert for Holly Place, I want to say "thank you" and extend my apologies if there are those who feel it's late.

I believe in God's perfect timing and waiting for that has always been right for me.

I am still in awe and humbled to have seen all of you there, including friends I hadn't seen in years. Our plan for the fundraiser was to have it and see how much we could raise.

Then we planned to go back to Holly Place, see what was needed and purchase it. We raised nearly $5,000 and started out with the wish list from the kitchen.


They were in need of things that we all take for granted in our own homes - a nice set of dishes, pots and pans, mixing bowls, a tea pot, silverware, cooking utensils, a dish drainer and frying pans.

We purchased nice sets of everything and a new 20-cubic-foot upright freezer.

The next things we selected were new carpet for the downstairs, the stairway and elevator. Back to God's perfect timing, the carpet will be installed at the end of this month and was purchased within the budget that we had.

The roof needs some work done on it, but we need to wait for warmer weather.

I believe I can speak for all of us in saying that we found a blessing within the blessing.

I know that I have been blessed to meet and spend time with the people who live there. They are all very special people. I was able to take one lady, who is very dear to me, to church and we had a wonderful day. I have enjoyed just stopping in to visit with everyone and hope to be able to do more things with them in the future.

All of us - myself, Bud and Doris Kline, Gary Carter and Dave Martin - all plan on having more involvement with them. That will include Christmas dinner again.

And for this next blessing, to God be all the glory and the praise. A church downtown where I sang for Unity Sunday has given the use of its dining and kitchen area for us to use this coming Christmas.

We will continue to have concerts and fundraisers, to help not only Holly Place but wherever God leads us.

I found such warmth and caring by the nurses, the cooks, office workers and all involved at Holly Place.

I believe each of them has a special gift of caring and sharing. So from all of us to all of you, God bless and keep you until we meet again.

Mariah Neff

Nurse anesthetist warns of possible law change

To the editor:

As a registered nurse I appreciate the coverage the Herald-Mail gives readers about the important issues and challenges of providing effective health care to rural Maryland and Washington County.

Erin Cunningham's article in February "Bill would increase access to trauma fund" talked about efforts to attract and keep quality doctors in the area.

I am writing about another issue that could negatively impact health care services in Washington County. It is an attempt to crowd out of training facilities in Maryland the nurses who provide more than two thirds of anesthesia to rural communities.

Senate Bill 798 and House Bill 1161 would license anesthesiologist assistants (AAs) to practice in Maryland and would drastically alter the anesthesia delivery model currently utilized in the state.

I am a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and because of my training can work independently in an operating room without an anesthesiologist.

AAs are required to be directly supervised by an anesthesiologist at all times. Anesthesiologists typically shun working in rural communities, and rural facilities cannot afford to employ both anesthesiologists and their highly paid assistants.

If an AA takes up a spot in a training hospital it is not available for the CRNA who can come out and help us in operating rooms here.

This legislation is simply wrong for Washington County.

Kendall Pease, CRNA

The wisdom we've forgotten

To the editor:

This quote came across the Internet the other day.

Does anyone ever learn from history?

"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be filled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance of foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero, 55 B.C.

Why must we repeat the failures of the past? Why do we bother to teach history?

Bob Wilson

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