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Letters to the Editor

April 08, 2010

Doctor's thoughts on health care were sensible



To the editor:

Congratulations to M. Douglas Becker, M.D., of Hagerstown for his letter published in the Friday, March 26, edition of The Herald-Mail ("Universal health care is 'humane' thing to do," page A4).

His thoughts on the health reform bill recently approved by Congress were the most sensible and certainly most logical that I have read about during the long debate. His point concerning the millions spent by the health insurance lobby and its minions was most noteworthy. Why did they spend that much? To protect their profits was the primary reason. If the insurance companies have that degree of money to spend on their lobbying campaign, in a way, they have just refuted their own argument.

Becker's point that our current health care system only can work for the wealthy, healthy and lucky is very factual. The health care system (I guess we can now refer to it as the "former system") reminds me of the mortgage meltdown. If a foreclosure occurs to someone on your block, it is just something to talk about. When it happens to you, it is a "crisis."

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One can draw the same parallel with the health care system that was reformed. As long as there are many that fit into that wealthy, healthy and lucky group, they fail to see the overall problem. The old misguided belief that "I got mine, so leave it alone" hardly stands up to common sense or logic. Actions were needed to bring about reform. Whether it works as well as we believe remains to be seen.

However, reform had to be initiated sometime and, in this case, the sooner, the better. What good is the "best health care system" in the world if and when a large percentage of the population cannot afford it?

Many of those who argue against the reform bill and say they are happy and content with what they have now should recall exactly where they received "what they have now." It was provided with the same foresight and vision of those some years ago who initiated the system. Reform of systems is just as necessary as the system was when it was initiated. No system, regardless of how well crafted, designed or intended, is fully workable forever.

It was most pleasing to read the thoughts and rationales of a medical professional on this matter. Thanks for the letter.

Bill Hahn
Maugansville




April is month to start taking care of our planet



To the editor:

April is National Lawn Care Month, and the month in which National Arbor Day and Earth Day occur. April is also the time of year when many people start thinking about getting outside again.

It is important for all of us to take the time to think about the positive impact of a green environment - the aesthetic impact, as well as the environmental and economic. Trees and plants in open green spaces - yards, parks, fields, etc., provide a mechanism for cleaning air and purifying water. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) reports a lower incidence of crime in neighborhoods with well-kept lawns and landscapes, and a 15 percent to 20 percent increase in property values. It is critical that we take care of our green spaces and protect them so that everyone in the community can benefit.

This month, our company, Grosh's Lawn Service, will take part in a nationwide volunteer event, the PLANET Day of Service, which will be held April 22 (Earth Day). This day of service was created by the lawn care and landscape industry to draw attention to the importance of green spaces and so that its members could organize volunteer projects in their hometowns and also be part of an event with nationwide impact.

Our company will spend the day at the Clear Spring library branch at 12624 Broadfording Road in Clear Spring. We will remove three dead trees and replace them with two redbud trees and one pink dogwood tree. Grosh's Lawn Service volunteers also will edge around nine total trees and install shredded hardwood mulch around each tree. We will remove grass and weeds from area beside the glider and install drought-tolerant plants to give this area the much-needed attention it deserves. We also will install mulch to this area.

Grosh's Lawn Service will supply lunch (pizza, chips, soft drinks, water and dessert) for all volunteers.

Currently, there are more than 30 million acres of lawn in the United States. These healthy lawns and landscapes provide a cooling effect in summer months. In winter months, well-placed trees and shrubs protect buildings from heat loss. Plants, trees and grasses also convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, reduce our carbon footprint, absorb rainfall and stop runoff.

It is incumbent on everyone in the community to find ways to enhance the green spaces around us and to consider their own personal responsibility as stewards of the environment.

Tom Grosh
Grosh's Lawn Service
Clear Spring




Palin's proclamation of patriotism is hypocrisy



To the editor:

Sarah Palin loudly proclaims family values and patriotism.

But what does she do? She leaves her family to tour the country, all the while stridently and falsely maligning the government. What do you call that?

Some call it politics as usual. That might well be, but I call it hypocrisy and treachery.

Harold C. Craig Jr.
Emmitsburg, Md.

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