Letters to the Editor - April 4

April 04, 2011

Bullying is a serious problem in the workplace

To the editor:

We have all heard about bullying in our schools. The consequences that occur can range from the victims becoming so depressed that they require professional counseling to the victims resorting to violence to stop the abuse.

When that bully grows up and enters the job market, you now have a bully in the workplace. The bully’s behavior is often misinterpreted as assertiveness or ambition. The results of workplace bullying and school bullying are the same. The victim feels helpless, depressed, frustrated and shamed, and has an anger that can turn to rage. Health-related physical issues can result.

As stated by the Workplace Bullying Institute, 35 percent of the U.S. work force are currently the victims of workplace bullying. Seventy-five percent of the bullies are in a supervisory capacity. The problem is there is no legislation to prohibit this from happening or to protect the victims of workplace bullying. This problem can occur in any workplace because there is no law against it.

We, the workers need to make a stand against workplace bullying. It’s easy to say, “This can’t happen to me.” It might not be happening to you today, but a change in staffing can result in anyone becoming the victim of workplace bullying. And abuse, once it occurs, you have no recourse. You either remain in the abusive environment or leave the job that you love or need, either by quitting or being terminated.

I am asking you to take a stand. Contact your legislators before you become the victim of a workplace bully and become just another statistic with no rights.

Deborah Stone
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Cancer survivor says thanks for day of pampering

To the editor:

I would like to express thanks for a fantastic day. Marsha Knicley Masood, and her daughter, Jordan Knicley, and the staff of Sagittarius Salon and Spa, donated their time and talents.

Marsha’s mother died from breast cancer. This is a beautiful tribute to her every year.

Any cancer survivor is invited. You are welcomed and the pampering begins. You are treated to a shampoo, scalp massage, haircut and styling. You move on to a makeup session, hand massage, lots of treats to eat and door prizes. In the end, you get a portrait taken.

Many of these brave women have never had a day just about them. A wonderful time was had by all.

Mary E. Jones

Pitts proves in recent column that he is not a theologian

To the editor:

Mr. Leonard Pitts’ column printed March 29 proves he is not a theologian. He compared the Old Testament of the Bible, an ancient history of the Jewish religion, to the Koran (Qur’an).

The Qur’an was commissioned by The Third Caliph, Uthman (644-656 A.C.) A better comparison would be the New Testament of the Bible to the Koran.

The New Testament Gospels were written by apostles of Jesus who had first-hand knowledge of what they saw and heard. The Koran was cobbled together by scribes sent throughout the Arabian Peninsula by Uthman to write down the stories of those who claimed to have witnessed the deeds and sayings of Mohammed.  

However, when it comes to the Qur’an, the life (Sunnah) and teachings (Hadith) of Mohammed, Allah’s messenger, there is represented a warlike form of theology that is both literal and implied. It also fuses the religion and the state into one entity with one worldwide goal.

We should realize that the Koran is to Muslims as the New Testament is to Christians. When asking us to believe that one is equal to the other, he displays his lack of knowledge of Islam and its theology/political ideology.

Leonard should stick to secular logic and leave religion out of his discourse and ruminations.

Roland E. St. Germain
Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Foundation invites public to learn about writing a will

To the editor:

More people make charitable contributions while they are living than later through their wills. Fact is, most people never get around to making a will. The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. would like to change that by celebrating April as Write a Will Month.

What is there about a will that makes people put off writing one? Why do so many of us seem to lack the will to make a will? Well, for one thing, it is inconvenient. It’s easier to put it off.

Another reason to delay the decision to make a will is the uneasiness many feel in having to contemplate their own deaths, or the death of a spouse. Others might think they have too few assets to bother with a will or might assume that everything will go automatically and equally to all members of the family. They fail to understand the benefits of a will, not only in settling their estates according to their wishes, but also making things easier for the loved ones left behind.

At the Community Foundation, we have seen the difference a will can make. We have witnessed the peace of mind it provides for the maker and for family members. We also have seen the great good a bequest does for local nonprofits that depend on estate gifts to help them serve future generations.

The Community Foundation can provide you with helpful information about making a will. We also can provide material on basic estate planning and ways you can use planned giving techniques to benefit your charitable interests, as well as yourself.

The Community Foundation has scheduled seminars around the county to explain everything you need to know about writing a will and other estate planning options. These seminars will be held on Tuesday evenings in April in Williamsport, Smithsburg, Boonsboro and Hancock. The seminars are free but do require advance registration. Please call us at 301-745-5210 to register.

Brad Sell, executive director
Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc.

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