Letters to the Editor

May 06, 2009

Hospital week

To the editor:

West Virginia University Hospitals-East is joining health care facilities across the nation in the celebration of National Hospital Week, May 10-16. "A healthy commitment in changing times" is the theme for this year's celebration. The message that health care facilities across the country are voicing is that America's hospitals are changing to meet new challenges.

National Hospital Week is also an opportunity to recognize our dedicated WVUH-East health professionals. We are extremely proud of our "team" of employees, physicians, volunteers/auxilians/chaplains and volunteer board members. We recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.

During this 2009 National Hospital Week celebration, I ask each of you to join me in thanking these dedicated health professionals whose care and commitment to excellence makes a big difference in all of our lives. Change is inevitable but our goals and mission are constant. Our team wants only the best for our patients, and that's what they bring to our hospitals every day of the year.


Albert Pilkington III
President & Chief Executive Officer

Join the party

To the editor:

Many people are asking why the Hagerstown TEA Party drew a crowd of over 300 people from the area in a driving rain; why many stood, cold and wet, with their homemade signs waving to passing motorists; and why many motorists honked in agreement as they drove by. People are wondering if this is a one-time event, or the start of something greater.

The Hagerstown TEA Party was held on tax day, April 15th. The party was not simply about taxes, but something far greater. People in our community are seeing changes made at the federal and state level and want to make their voices heard. They want to maintain our freedom and American way of life for our historically great nation, our children and our children's children.

People are realizing that at the current rate, we will be the first generation who leaves an America in far worse shape than the one we inherited.

In fact, the current administration and Congress plan to increase the national debt in this year alone by more than the last 200 years of debt combined. Del. Andrew Serafini indicated that every American household's share of the national debt is in excess of $86,000.

If this debt were called in by the Chinese and the Japanese, who own over half of the national debt, where would we as Americans get the money? I know I don't have $86,000 just sitting around ready to pay my share of the debt, do you? People in the greater Hagerstown area understand that taking on massive amounts of debt is no way to run a household, a corporation and certainly not an entire nation.

People are also very concerned that the constitution itself is largely ignored as the government moves toward a socialistic state. Instead of a country which provides the freedom for individuals to make choices that may lead to either great advantage or to undesirable consequences, we are creating a nanny state where the government wants to take care of us from cradle to grave, thus reducing all of our freedoms. Former Rep. Dick Armey asked whether a husband always gets birthday presents that his wife wants. If most husbands can't, then how in the world could we expect the government to know what is best for each of us? People know that the government is no substitute for family, for nonprofit organizations and for self-made decisions. They know that in order for freedom to work, the free in the society must work to support themselves, not rely on government handouts which simply create generational dependency, leading to low motivation and self-esteem.

As the federal government gets bolder and bolder in its move toward government takeover of the private sector and toward socialism, the electorate will not stand by and watch the freedoms in our country disintegrate.

Our ancestors fought and died for these freedoms. Former President Ronald Reagan once said that, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same."

The April 15 TEA Party was just the beginning of a movement of concerned citizens working toward an America that will continue to protect freedom. We invite you to join us.

Neil Parrott

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