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Letters to the Editor

July 08, 2009

Our respect for life has greatly deteriorated



To the editor:

In response to a letter written by Diane Silas, clinic administrator at Hagerstown Reproductive Health Services, with respect to the shooting of Dr. George Tiller ("Abortion can be debated with words, not bullets," Thursday, June 11, page A4), my first comment would be how she started out "in a civilized society"?

If you are going to discuss the event that occurred, you first must define "murder."

Dr. Tiller was shot in the head with a gun. A partial-birth baby is viable, and is put to death by forcing a pair of scissors through the back of the baby's skull. The only difference, as I see it, is first, age and innocence, and second, the method used.

I agree with Ms. Silas. This can be defined as extremism or terrorism, but only in both cases. This certainly should never happen.

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Now, in this secular age of society, if we genuinely recognized responsibility, love of life and a deep concern for others, regardless of age or station of life, would there not be a better solution?

I am a World War II veteran, and prior to that, a survivor of a 10-year Depression, and it seems that our respect for life has greatly deteriorated.

In closing, a famed microbiologist observed in a writing, "A society that blindly accepts the decisions of experts is a sick society on its way to death."

Richard W. Stotler
Hagerstown




Thanks to volunteer swim program instructors



To the editor:

The Eastern Panhandle (W.Va.) Chapter of the American Red Cross (EPARC) would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteer instructors who helped make our summer 2009 free swim program such an overwhelming success.

We always say volunteers are the heart of our operation, but that is the only way EPARC could offer this wonderful swim program every year at no charge to the community. Students enrolled in the free swim program learn basic and intermediate swimming skills as well as CPR and rescue breathing.

The summer 2009 free swim program had more than 80 students enrolled this year.

This year's volunteer instructors were Joy Duffy, Karena Moran, Suzy Munnis, the Rev. Dick Neal, Jessica Quinn, Debbie Summers and John Welch. Thank you for all you do to help your community.

Debra Palmer
public information officer
EPARC
Martinsburg, W.Va.




Man wanted to help roundhouse authority



To the editor:

The lead story in the B section of the June 12 edition of The Herald-Mail by Matthew Umstead stated CEM Martin, chairman of the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority, claimed he had received no responses to several published calls for volunteer help with proposed events.

Not so. I submitted a three-page resume to the address published for this board on Nov. 20, 2008. Receiving no reply, I submitted another copy a month or so later. Neither submission was ever acknowledged, and no phone number was offered.

David L. Woods
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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