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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 14

February 13, 2012

Rail trail in south end of Washington County a great idea

To the editor:

I heartily commend Tim Rowland and Marguerite Klein for their informed endorsement of the proposed Civil War Rail Trail. It seems to me especially significant that Ms. Klein is a resident of South County, and I hope that she speaks for the majority who live in that beautiful section of Washington County, since when the idea was floated two decades ago, some vocal residents voiced great opposition.

With the construction of the trail, we are not overly concerned with economic development and definitely not with urban sprawl. Rather, we are concerned with exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Tim invites us to visit the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail in Loudon County, Va., (where some of my family live at the midpoint) and see for ourselves. I would also invite you, if you haven’t done it, to see the Western Maryland Rail Trail east and west from Hancock. Yes, there are private residences there and roads which cross the trail, and as far as I can tell relationships between bikers and local residents are very good. Some local residents exhibit the capitalist spirit and offer food supplies to riders, gaining their pay from an “on your honor” table.

As a bicyclist myself, I look forward to being able to see South County from elsewhere than a busy highway, and may I assure residents that we are not out there to steal your chickens or your children.

Thomas L. Perry
Williamsport

Valentine's Day is a great time to show you care

To the editor:

Is it possible to celebrate Valentine’s Day when someone you loved has passed away or you feel you have no heart left because of a broken relationship due to a divorce or separation? I think so.

Although Valentine’s Day has become a big moneymaker for marketing candy, cards, flowers and our favorite foods for the occasion, it still was meant to remind us that love does indeed exist. Sure that sounds corny, but most could use a little corny now and then to get past all the stuff life throws at us.

For the person who thinks their spouse doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day, why not surprise them with a special card or a colorful bouquet of flowers? You might bring a much-needed breath of fresh air into a stale atmosphere and experience once again how love can make you feel.

To those who miss a parent, grandparents or friends who are no longer here, you can always look around you and give that same gift to a neighbor who might be alone as well.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is a chance to show someone how much you love them, but this really should be done every day of the year. Be it death, divorce or just the parting of the ways that might sour some on taking a chance to love once more, remember love is the elixir to recharge the soul and fill our hearts in a way nothing else can. If you find someone to love and it lasts a lifetime, then you are truly blessed.

I value Valentine’s Day because I value those I love. When all else crumbles around us, as it often does in life, love will appear in some quiet manner to remind us just how powerful a force it really is. As the scripture in I Corinthians 13:8 states very simply and beautifully, love never fails.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown

Bill in W.Va. House would require AEDs in all public schools

To the editor:

I am writing to ask the community to please take a moment to write, call or email Charleston, W.Va., in support of House Bill 4442. This is a bill very near to my “heart.”

The purpose of HB4442 is to require AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in all public schools. This bill has been presented by Del. Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, and is under consideration by the Education Committee, chaired by Del. Mary Poling, D-Barbour.

AEDs save lies. Just a single second of time can make the difference between life and death, even quality of survival. Placing AEDs in all public schools will not only benefit our children but also the numerous and countless members of the community at large who attend gatherings at school facilities.
 
My family has quite a personal interest in seeing that this bill becomes law. You see, not long ago, I was deeply afraid to send my three young children to school. Their father had been diagnosed with an unusual heart condition called Brugada syndrome. This illness causes an unusual heart arrhythmia that is not only fatal, but also genetic. Not long before the 2010 school year began, our genetic doctor from West Virginia University instructed us that in order for our children to be safe, it was imperative that they have access to an AED at school facilities. At that time, Warm Springs Intermediate School did not have an AED.

Thanks to the generosity of the Seeley Foundation and the support of our local school superintendent, Dave Banks, we were able to provide one AED for each school in the county. More AEDs are essential to save lives, and their timely accessibility during a cardiac incident is imperative for a victim’s recovery. 

Please help make HB4442 a law. Email, write or call Del. Poling. Encourage your friends to write, too. HB4442 can save lives and protect our children.

Let’s make HB4442 a law. It could be your heart that needs it.

Angie Hott
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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