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Letters to the Editor

June 09, 2009

Remembering Ruth E. South



To the editor:

It has been nearly four months since Ruth E. South, our dear friend, leader and such an inspiration to all who knew her, has passed.

She led a full life with all of her activities, but most fondly was her love for the Manor Church Senior Citizens Club, for which she served as president for the past 20 years. What is most amazing to many is she was 95 years old and the president of a club.

Ruth, we will miss you always and know you are the angel watching over our club as we are continuing on. Our love and thanks.

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Betty L. Stoup
Hagerstown




Concerned citizens should run for school board



To the editor:

Although the filing deadline is over a year away, from recent newspaper coverage, it appear officeholders are beginning to make plans for the 2010 election. The race for school board was only given a mention. Three seats will be up for election for the Washington County School Board in 2010.

I have been a contender in school board races over the last two decades. I have made a firm decision that I will not be a candidate for any office in 2010. As to reasons, I feel it is time to devote time to several areas in my personal life that are priorities over any public involvement. To the best of my knowledge, my health is excellent. This is just not the right time in my life to seek any public office.

I encourage concerned, caring citizens to consider running for election to school board in 2010.

Once again, I thank all citizens who have supported me in a number of ways in the past. Rest assured, I will be continuing to speak out in a variety of ways when I feel input is warranted.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg




Media should not control life-or-death issues



To the editor:

I'm 37 years old. I watched "Charlie's Angels," and yes, I am a Farrah Fawcett fan. I am imploring the mass media to stop reporting about Farrah's "dying days." Does the media have no boundaries or is this just payback time for years of Farrah's silence? A human being (no matter of stature) deserves dignity and privacy when faced with their own mortality.

As members of the media are typing their stories about Farrah's battle with cancer, I wonder if they shed a tear for her or known loved ones that have had struggles like hers, or do they do their jobs aimlessly without any sense of right and wrong?

I could understand if we stand to gain more knowledge about the disease, but the woman is still alive and still hoping. It just seems wrong to write about someone in the past tense when clearly they haven't given up themselves.

As far as I know, the media doesn't control life-or-death issues. At least not yet.

Matthew Donegan
Martinsburg, W.Va.




Benefit golf tourney an outstanding success



To the editor:

The James Buchanan Athletic Booster Association recently held its 16th annual Nelson Gerhart/J. Robert Meyers Memorial Golf Tournament at Majestic Ridge Golf Course. Once again, it was an outstanding success. The tournament benefits the Athletic Facilities Fund of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa.

We would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the more than 65 businesses, groups and individuals throughout Franklin County that supported our tournament through sponsorship and donations. Although all are too numerous to list here, we would especially like to recognize our special sponsors - Coca-Cola, Majestic Ridge Golf Course (John Rogers), Fred B. Nair TV & Appliances and Stoner's Hijos Hill Inc. dairy farm.

For a full listing of our generous sponsors, please see our Web site at www.jamesbuchanan athletics.org.

Thank you also to our many Booster and committee members, helpers and of course, golfers, who made this a very successful and enjoyable day.

Special thanks to our co-chairs, Bob Hoffman and Wayne Henry, for their tireless efforts to ensure the success of this tournament.

Tim Witter
president
James Buchanan Athletic Booster Association




How to help our society's health and welfare



To the editor:

The stark contrast between our frenzied reaction to unfamiliar hazards and our reckless tolerance of familiar ones never ceases to amaze me.

The recent incidents of swine flu, which killed five Americans, captured the headlines, canceled public events and closed dozens of schools. At the same time, we have blithely continued our consumption of meat and dairy products, which has been linked conclusively with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually.

But it's not just about chronic diseases. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, leading to catastrophic floods, droughts and sea level rises, which threaten human survival. It uses more fresh water and dumps more deadly wastes into our water supplies than all other human activities combined.

Each of us has a shared responsibility for our society's health and welfare. The best time to exercise this responsibility is on our next trip to the supermarket, where we can explore the rich variety of meat-free and dairy-free ready-to-eat frozen dinners, veggie burgers and dogs, lunch "meats," and plant-based cheese, ice cream and milk. Helpful transition hints and recipes galore are available at www.tryveg.org and www.chooseveg.org.

Ron Saniko
Frederick, Md.

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