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Letters to the Editor

May 25, 2009

Volunteers did a fine job



To the editor:

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, Antietam National Battlefield participated in both the Civil War Preservation Trust's Park Day and the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Both events call for volunteers to take part in a variety of conservation and preservation work projects.

This year's projects consisted of planting seedlings in the historic East Woods as well as picking up trash along a 1.5-mile section of roadsides and stream banks. Despite chilly temperatures and blustery winds, 68 volunteers planted 500 seedlings and removed more than 50 bags of trash.

While many of these volunteers came from Maryland, other participants came from Virginia, Michigan, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and New York. It is truly amazing that volunteers from 26 different towns and cities chose Antietam to donate their efforts! This volunteer pool was comprised of members from the Civil War Preservation Trust, families, individuals and the History Club of Williamsport High School.

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Their cumulative efforts have made a very visible improvement to the battlefield and their enthusiasm and perseverance are to be applauded. To all the volunteers, please come back often and admire your work. Thank you for answering the call and for a job well done!

John Howard
Superintendent
Antietam National Battlefield




Say no to national health care



To the editor:

Hooray for the caller who brought attention to the flaws of the British national health system. It isn't just the British "nationalized" health care - it's all "socialized medicine."

People who know nothing about it think it sounds great. Well, how does this sound to you? The government will tell you whether or not it thinks you need to see a doctor and if so, it will tell you "when" you can see a doctor.

Again, the government will decide "if and when" you might get care. (Remember the 3-year-old girl who may die because her surgery has been "re-scheduled" due to "lack of beds"?) And if you live to reach 60 or 70 years of age, your medical options may become even fewer.

Should you develop too many medical problems during your golden years, the government may decide you're now "too expensive to keep" and your options become even fewer.

If you've never lived under socialized medicine you're in for a shock should the White House sneak it in on you with its back-door politics.

Barbara Murphy
Hagerstown

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