Letters to the Editor - July 12

July 12, 2011

Consider all your health-care options

To the editor:

The Meritus Medical Center gives residents of the Tri-State area a beautiful new building and basic health care. The old Washington County Hospital gave residents of the Tri-State area a beautiful old building and basic health care. Basic health care is a lifesaver for many in our community and we are fortunate to have a local facility that delivers it.

But whenever members of my family want a second opinion or desire more than basic health care, we travel to Baltimore. The University of Maryland School of Medicine and its clinical partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine are located in Baltimore.

America’s oldest public medical school, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was established in 1807. The University of Maryland Medical Center has an extensive website which includes: A free “Ask the Expert” feature that connects you with University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine physicians, who can answer questions on a wide variety of health-related topics; and, a “Make an Appointment” webpage which provides several convenient ways to make an appointment with a University of Maryland Medical Center provider.

Real world-famous medical centers such as the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine need to care for many patients in order to support the fantastic organizations that they have become.  

These medical centers of excellence treat not only the very rare medical conditions and difficult to heal patients but also many patients who do not have rare diseases and do not require heroic efforts to cure.  It is a symbiotic relationship because the medical centers need patients and the patients need treatments.

Please consider all your options when you need health care.

Daniel Moeller

Take a pass on the fur coat

To the editor:

As a former fur-wearer, I hope that Miss Maryland Carlie Colella will take PETA up on its offer to put her donated fur coat to good use (“Miss Maryland mum on whether she’ll keep fur coat,” July 7).

After I learned that animals that are trapped for fur often chew off their own limbs in a desperate attempt to return to their babies and animals on fur farms are in some cases skinned alive, I decided to clear my conscience and my closet by donating my furs to PETA.

It was a great feeling knowing that my furs — the products of such suffering — could help alleviate suffering, by being used as bedding for orphaned wildlife or helping to keep women and children who are freezing in Afghanistan warm.

It’s too late to help the animals who suffered and died for Carlie Colella’s coat, but our new Miss Maryland can still take a stand for compassion by donating the coat so that it may help others.

Let’s also hope that the Miss Maryland pageant stops putting winners in this awkward position and turning animals into fashion victims, by making this the last time it gives away real furs.

Katie Moore

With synthetics, there’s no excuse for fur

To the editor:

PETA is right on the mark about the issue of fur coats. The Herald-Mail front page article on July 6 was a great way to bring people’s attention to this brutal practice.  

Thanks to the efforts of undercover investigators, organizations like PETA and The Humane Society of the United States have documented evidence of the cruel and inhumane treatment of these beautiful creatures.  

We have no need to wear fur in this day and age of synthetic fabrics.  I have a wonderful coat that not only keeps me warm but serves as a windbreaker that keeps me comfortable on winter’s coldest, windiest days. And it is completely synthetic.

I do hope Miss Colella will decide to donate her coat, but my sincere hope is that the officials of the Miss Maryland Pageant will follow the lead of so many others and leave fur out of all future events. That will prevent future contestants from having to make any such decision.

Brenda L. Shane

Take advantage of band concert series

To the editor:

Are you taking advantage of the wonderful free band concerts at Hagerstown Community College — The Red, White and Blue Series — now in its seventh year?

Don’t let military bands scare you away. The recent 257th Army Band (50 pieces) played marches, Latin music, polka music and had two wonderful vocalists.

These bands have anywhere from seven members, as the Navy Cruisers did on June 21, and they were really good. They had two vocalists with “Broadway” voices.

We want to thank Wayne and his committee for bringing the bands here and to those who sponsor them.

There are five concerts left, two Army bands, two Navy and one Air Force. Hope to see you there if you like music. Join us.

Peggy and Ellis Duffey

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