Letters to the Editor - Aug. 25

August 25, 2011

Foundation accepting nominations for annual award

To the editor:

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. invites you to nominate an unsung hero or a pair of heroes who give generously and unselfishly of their time and talents to make Washington County a better place in which to live.

Judges will consider length of service of nominees, lifelong commitment to volunteerism and the recommendations of the organizations served. Multiple nominations for the same individual are discouraged, but letters of support for the same nominee are welcome.

Three winners will be chosen to be honored at the Annual People’s Choice Award Dinner on Nov. 10. A $5,000 endowment will be established at the Community Foundation on behalf of each winner and will benefit the nonprofit organization of their choice.

Nominations must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, to be eligible for consideration. You may call the Community Foundation at 301-745-5210 with any questions. A list of previous winners and a nomination form are available at

Kristy Smith, program manager
Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc.

When did pregnancy become a disease?

To the editor:

Recently, we became aware of a provision in the new health care act that mandates preventative health care for women. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., was instrumental in having this measure included in the bill, and on the surface, this looks like a good thing. No one can argue with the benefits of preventive care and early detection.

However, according to one encyclopedia, “Preventive medicine or preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms. Simple examples of preventive medicine (for women) include handwashing, immunizations, pap smears, and mammograms.”

The key phrase in the above definition is “to prevent diseases.” I have been on this earth for more than 70 years and, until now, I have never heard anyone refer to pregnancy as a disease. Birth-control pills and morning-after pills do not prevent disease, they prevent conception.

Mikulski’s attempt to look out for women’s health opened the door for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, with encouragement from Planned Parenthood, to consider an unwanted pregnancy to be a preventable disease.

Thanks to Mikulski, Sebelius and Obamacare, we will all have to share in the cost of administering pills to people who don’t have enough sense to use contraception.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have yet to discover what other “obominations” (sic) are in Obama-care.

Dick Byrne
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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