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Letters to the Editor

June 07, 2009

Holly Place still needs the community's help



To the editor:

So close to the goal, but not there yet. Holly Place supporters raised more than $145,700 this past year and protected the vulnerable elderly residents by continuing to provide them with vital and loving care. The goal was $165,000 to carry the organization through its fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The community rallied and our thanks are profound. We almost hate to ask for more, but with the stakes being what they are, we are asking for help with the balance and a little to start the new fiscal year. In August, we have some other resources coming. We also have our first fundraiser of the 2009-10 fiscal year, the annual auction of donated goods and services, for which we are accepting donations now. No junk, please.

The auction will be Aug. 15 at the Maugansville Ruritan Club. There's plenty of parking and everything is completely accessible. This is also where we have our annual holiday outing for the residents, complete with food, gifts and Santa.

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Thanks to the members of the club who help with both events. Thanks also go to the volunteers who help to sort donations and operate Holly's Fashion Place, the store on the square that sells gently used clothing that has been donated.

And finally, thanks again to everyone - individuals, businesses, churches and organizations - who made our mission of assisted-living care for our residents, whose options have diminished, a part of their priorities. We urge your continued support.

Doug Wright
board chair
Holly Place




Jefferson County Relay for Life set for June 26



To the editor:

On Friday, June 26, the Jefferson County Relay For Life will begin at 5 p.m. at Jefferson High School. The residents of Jefferson County will join forces to eliminate the human suffering that is caused by cancer.

It is a community event in every sense of the word. Relay For Life is not your typical fundraising walk. It's a unique opportunity for all to make a serious difference in the fight against cancer while having fun at the same time. It is a chance to remember those who sadly lost their battle to cancer and honor and celebrate the lives of cancer survivors.

The most moving part of the evening is the luminaria ceremony. During this emotional ceremony, participants light hundreds of candles. The candles illuminate the perimeter of the track, symbolizing respect for the survivors and reflecting on the lives of those who did not win the battle.

Everyone is welcome to participate in Relay For Life, but cancer survivors are our special guests. There is no registration fee for survivors (who are not on a team), but we ask those who wish to participate in the survivor celebration ceremony preregister beforehand.

Volunteers are needed to continue the fight against cancer. We are seeking new teams and individuals to devote a little time to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

For more information on Relay For Life of Jefferson County, call 304-725-5815 or go to www.relayforlife.org/jeffersonwv.

Daniel Hart
relay chairman
Charles Town, W.Va.




Thanks to all who had a part in my victory



To the editor:

I want to thank all of the Republicans in Franklin County who signed my petition and all who came to the voting polls for me.

Thank you to the many workers who put my sign in your yard and circulated them around the county. Thank you to the many who gathered them up after the election to keep the highways clean. Thank you to the faithful who stood at the polls for me on a very hot, sunny day.

It was a great victory for me as well as the Republican Party of Franklin County.

Thank you, everyone who had any part in the victory.

Allen V. Twigg
Franklin County jury commissioner




North Korea is still a danger to the world



To the editor:

I have read Allen Loser's opinion about how President Obama should handle North Korea's test of a nuclear weapon. Mr. Loser believes the United States should acknowledge North Korea's right to provide for its own protection.

First, North Korea is not doing anything for its own protection. It is testing nuclear weapons for attacks on South Korea, as well as other countries, including the U.S. The only way to protect against North Korea's aggressiveness is to ensure they do not have the capability to attack other countries.

Second, apparently Mr. Loser wasn't there on June 25, 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea, burning and killing all who stood in their way. Apparently, Mr. Loser wasn't there when North Korea's army overran the small military units that were in South Korea. He apparently wasn't there when U.S. military personnel were captured, had their hands tied to their backs and shot in the head. I'm certain Mr. Loser wasn't at the Chosin Reservoir nor was he there when North Korea's Army tried to capture Pusan. He apparently wasn't at Pork Chop Hill, Mae West or any other hill where Americans gave their lives to stop aggression by North Korea.

Third, North Korea is a dangerous country. Human lives mean nothing to their leadership. They want nuclear weapons, not for protection, but for world domination. They refused to sign a peace treaty, but on July 27, 1953, agreed to a cease-fire. They have violated that agreement numerous times over the years.

Wayne Winebrenner
First vice commander
Antietam Chapter 32
Korean War Veterans Association

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