Letters to the Editor - Nov. 13

November 13, 2011

Sewing machine spared after Internet search

To the editor:

When my more than 30-year-old Pfaff sewing machine became old and grumpy, I called and visited local repair shops for service information. Unfortunately, I was told the machine was too old to be repaired. Going to the Internet, I found a repairman on, of all places, eBay. Off to Pennsylvania the machine went.

Not only does the machine run as if new, I was sent a sample of all the stitching options that had been fixed. And, when was the last time you got a handwritten note from a service provider thanking you for working with them?

Don’t give up on the local shops, but if you are determined to keep a piece of equipment, explore other options.

Melanie Files
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Election candidates are very much alike

To the editor:

I believe all election candidates are very much alike. They promise what they will do if and when they are re-elected or elected, but then they don’t follow through with what they say.

Anyone can go around, give a great speech and say what most Americans love to hear from their lips just to put on a big show in front of a lot of people to get elected. But do they actually do anything? Not hardly.

Most politicians are very much alike. Put them all in a sack and chances are they will all come out the same way whether they are a Republican or a Democrat.

Pete Seville
Greencastle, Pa.

Genetic disorder is widely underdiagnosed

To the editor:

My son was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, in 2006 when he was 18 months old. Since then, we have had to make changes in our lives to help keep him healthy. He has had many trips to Johns Hopkins and undergoes testing such as lab tests, pulmonary function tests and live biopsies. He has both lung and liver involvement; at this time, both are well controlled.

I am writing in hopes of generating awareness about a serious genetic condition that is widely underdiagnosed and affects an estimated 100,000 Americans.

Most patients and many physicians have never heard of Alpha-1. All too often, Alpha-1 causes permanent — and even deadly — organ damage because of delayed diagnosis.

I urge all of those who have shortness of breath, nonresponsive asthma, recurring respiratory infections, rapid deterioration of lung function or unexplained liver problems to learn more.

Melanie L. Snyder

Killer of beautiful swan should be prosecuted

To the editor:

I am writing this letter with a sad heart. I walk along the canal every day, not just for the beauty but also for medical reasons.

In early spring, a beautiful swan appeared in our canal. As I walked each day, he made me feel beautiful, too.

In the middle of a recent week, I found him dead at the end, by the canal at the locks. It put a hole in my heart with sadness. I cried as I walked to Cushwa Basin, where I reported it to a park ranger. I was told the swan was shot. Whoever did this, I hope he or she is prosecuted.

We need to take care of our beautiful canal and our creatures that God has provided for us. As I walk each day I feel God’s presence, but without the beautiful swan.

Judy Palmer

PSU Board of Trustees made right call

To the editor:

My high opinion of Joe Paterno began deteriorating 13 years ago as I saw him continuously allow All-American linebacker LaVar Arrington to bully punters and kickers on the opposing football team. It continued to erode approximately five years ago as I saw him chase down officials at the end of a football game and give them a piece of his mind. And even prior to this past weekend’s events, my opinion continued to sink even lower as I saw a man consumed by arrogance continue to coach a football team by sitting in the press box, too frail to walk the sidelines.

This arrogance was never more displayed than it has been over the past weeek. Upon finding out that the great cover-up at Penn State had finally been exposed, JoePa’s resignation should have been on somebody’s desk by 9 a.m. Monday. At the very least, he should have made his retirement effective at the end of this weekend’s game with Nebraska.

To come out on Wednesday and announce his retirement effective at the end of the season was despicable, and I was thrilled to wake up this morning and find out he had been fired. Kudos to the Penn State Board of Trustees. I can only hope Mike McQueary is let go, too.

David W. Hinebaugh

Please don’t forget Korean War veterans

To the editor:

On page A8 of today’s paper (Nov. 10), there is another unfortunate example of those who have forgotten the Korean War. Under the Calendar for Friday, Nov. 11, the event titled “World War II- and Vietnam-themed veterans dance” says, “As a salute to all U. S. veterans, a variety of music and rhythms from World War II and Vietnam eras will be played.”

For those who have forgotten, I would like to remind your readers that from 1950 to 1953, the United States was engaged in a fierce war to stem communist aggression in Korea. During this war, nearly 34,000 American lives were lost — on average, about 1,000 a month. Those who sacrificed and served in that war can be proud that their mission was accomplished and that the dynamics of world politics was changed for future generations.

The Korean War has been labelled the “Forgotten War” and the mission of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Associations is to educate the public about the war and to honor the sacrifices of those who served. It is in this spirit that our chapter is planning to erect a Korean War monument in Hagerstown to honor Washington County veterans.

We are currently asking for financial support for this project. If you would like to make a donation to this project or if any organization would like to have us speak to your organization about the Korean War, call me at 240-420-3755.

Les Bishop, Vice Commander
Antietam Chapter 312

Fire companies deserve our thanks

To the editor:

I belong to Friends of Fort Frederick. Several years ago, we were splitting firewood for an upcoming event when I accidentally crushed my finger in the woodsplitter. The damage to my hand was bleeding and painful. The Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. was my closest source of help. When I arrived, they treated my hand swiftly and professionally. From the fire company, I went immediately to an urgent care center in Hagerstown. The doctor there said that he could not have done better.

We should be proud and thankful for our volunteer fire companies. Their service to the community goes far beyond controlling fires.

They were there for me, as they are there for the community.

Paul C. Helm

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