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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 4

January 03, 2012

This is no time to politicize and legislate personhood

To the editor:

Nearly 50 years ago, the Supreme Court in the Griswold case indicated individuals were entitled to privacy in their most intimate relations into which government might not intrude. I would suggest that the recent failed efforts to legislate personhood are designed to counter that ruling with respect to women.

Proposed personhood legislation would impact much of family planning and birth control. In the case of rape, it would give government and medical facilities the right to deny services to women because an egg might be fetililzed.

Fertilized personhood raises serious legal questions regarding miscarriages — spontaneous or medically induced. Would some governmental agency wish to investigate such cases?

Rather than protecting, it gives license to what is already occurring in some hospitals, due to their own religious teaching — the unwillingness to intervene when a woman is experiencing a birth labor that might threaten her own existence.

Assigning terms like children, babies and the unborn to what might or might not be a fertilized egg demeans the developmental process and the mystery of birth. For more than a millennia there has been a discussion about when ensoulment occurs. Wisdom dictated against legislating a decision; this is no time to politicize and legislate personhood.

Stephen D. Harris

Waynesboro, Pa.

Days at Miss Lily's tavern didn't harm this youth

To the editor:

As a former resident of Froghollow, located between Antietam Furnace and Dargan, I found Pete Waters' column of Dec. 11 about the Mad Dog Saloon (formerly Lily's Tavern) quite interesting. I grew up in Froghollow during the '40s and '50s.

When my father had a desire for more than a beer to go from Bill Parker's off-sale beer and grocery, we would wander on down to Miss Lily's place. He'd order up his Old Export, and if my older half brother, Jake Tucker, was along, he'd ask Miss Lily for a National Boh. I had to settle for a soda and some nickels for the jukebox so I could listen to that good ol' country music.

That was back when every young boy wanted to be Hank Williams Sr. and all the young girls tried to imitate Kitty Wells. It was also a time when a kid of any age was allowed in bars, or as we called them, beer joints.

Today, the law prohibits that. We don't want the children of today witnessing anyone having a cigarette or drinking a beer.

At that time, smoking was permitted inside the bars. But, I don't see that I was scarred for life by being taken into a bar by my father. And I don't believe Pete was harmed by his visits to Lily's Tavern with his grandmother, Gen.

I think that Pete and I, along with thousands of other kids from that era, turned out pretty darn good. We got a good education and held honest jobs.

I have never drunk alcohol. I stopped smoking several years ago. The only addiction I have from those childhood trips to Lily's Tavern is my need to listen to traditional country music.

I guess one out of three ain't too bad.

George S. Coyle


Thanks for luminaria service at City Park

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Maria Long, CEO of Hospice of Washington County, and the City of Hagerstown for the luminaria service they had at City Park on Friday, Dec. 2. My neighbors and I agree that since Maria has been in charge of the Hospice there has been extensive outreach efforts and incentives to provide services for patients, families and members of the community.

With the many proposed cuts in Medicare spending and with the prospect of many of us living well into our 80s and 90s, it is comforting to know Maria and her folks at Hospice are available to meet our needs.

Our thanks and appreciation are extended to Mrs. Long. She is a Washington County hero.

Loretta Mae Porter


Congress candidate making unfair comparisons

To the editor:

The 6th District hopeful (John Delaney) touts his jobs record in Montgomery County. How on earth could he compare his jobs record in Montgomery County to what he can accomplish here? There is no comparison.

Mr. Delaney is delusional if he thinks he can sell the people of Washington County on an agenda that he accomplished in Montgomery County. There is no comparison. It is totally absurd.

Rolanna Roberts


Inmates deserve credit for care given to dogs

To the editor:

Thank you to Rocky Hines from Roxbury Correctional Institution for his letter to the editor on Dec. 18.

I didn't know about the care, love and concern given to unwanted dogs at Roxbury. I surely give much credit to the inmates for their love and therapy given to the dogs people have mistreated, etc.

I'd love to be a judge in sentencing abusers of animals. People are way too cruel. I have no patience for people who are mean and so self-centered.

Rosa Lee Meyers


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