Letters to the Editor

August 03, 2009

Editor's note: These letters appeared in The Herald-Mail on Sunday, Aug. 2:

How is it that Canada can do health care right?

To the editor:

How is it that Canada and other small nations, in contrast to our large nation, has a comprehensive and effective health-care system which costs half the price per capita of our patchy and less than comprehensive plan?

Why are our pitiful politicians screaming about the cost of a comprehensive plan when the Canadian example shows that the costs can be cut in two? Is it conceivable that the politicians benefit personally from the present inadequate and ruinous system? I refer, of course, to campaign contributions from those whose fees are boosted by prescribing unnecessary treatment and tests.

Harold C. Craig Jr.
Emmitsburg, Md.

Friends from Canada warn against health care reform

To the editor:

I am a snowbird who spends the winter in Florida so many of my friends are citizens of Canada who emphatically advise us against government health care.


On the plus side, they say health care is free for everyone, paid for by heavy taxation of workers. On the low side of the scale are those who will not work expecting those who do work to care for them.

All the illegal immigrants who use and abuse the system are usually in line to see a doctor ahead of people who pay the taxes.

The only alternative the people have is to come to the states and pay so they can be assured of care in case of serious illness. As soon as they cross the border they apply for extra insurance to the tune of more than $3,000 for six months while in Florida.

Once an individual reaches a certain age it seems as though the government delegates their appointments so far in advance that many die before they can get treatment. Do we really want this?

Mary Jane Albiert

Can't we all just be Americans?

To the editor:

I believe President Obama seems intent on dividing this country rather than uniting its citizens. Is he trying to run the country for all of its people, or is his agenda more of a racism movement?

Can't we all just be Americans, not African-Americans, Asian-Americans, etc.? It's good to be proud of your heritage and genealogy, but we are in the present, not the past. It's time to move on and stop dredging up unfortunate events of the past. Many nationalities have very sad and tragic pasts.

We need to concentrate on unity and standing strong together as Americans if we are to ever live in harmony and save this great nation. We can't continue to point fingers and blame if we are going to recover from the current situation.

Look forward, not behind, we are new generations with fresh starts and freedom in a country full of opportunity. Embrace life as it is now and make the best of it for everyone.

Sarah Hendershot

Sheriff's department academy a real eye-opener

To the editor:

Earlier this year I responded to an announcement on the back page of The Herald-Mail for the opportunity to attend the Citizen's Police Academy hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The professionalism of the officers involved in the program was exemplary. If you have ever wanted to gain a better understanding of the protections these men and women of law enforcement provide I would encourage you to watch for the next academy opportunity.

The 11-week program was a comprehensive overview of the duties and responsibilities the officers of your sheriff's department face every time they report for work.

The course contained lectures and class question-and-answer sessions on traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, computer crime, gang awareness, arrest procedures, Special Response Team, CERT disaster preparedness, communications, firearms and much more. The course included a sobering tour of the detention center.

Academy students also toured the Circuit Court and had the opportunity to have a presentation and interactive session with Administrative Judge John H. McDowell on aspects of the judicial system.

Following completion of the course, class members were given an opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer.

Most of us live with day-to-day challenges and at times the frustrations our jobs present. Add to those daily frustrations and challenges the fact that as law enforcement officers, the deputies of the Washington County Sheriff's Department respond to dispatches find themselves dealing with citizens in highly stressful situations.

I chose to ride from midnight to 4 a.m. starting on a Friday evening. While most of the county residents slept, I had the privilege of seeing officers from all the law enforcement agencies work hand in hand to support each other in keeping you and your loved ones safe and help citizens seeking assistance.

To the sheriff, the officers, and the civilians working at the Washington County Sheriff's Department, I say, "thank you," for all you do to serve and protect the citizens of our community.

Dale Williams

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