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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 10

December 09, 2012

Meals on Wheels needs drivers, donations

To the editor:

During the holiday season, many of us enjoy feasting, family and friendship. It’s also a time to remember our neighbors in need. The Washington County Commission on Aging’s Meals on Wheels Program provides a hot, nutritious noon-time meal to frail seniors. We need volunteer drivers with an hour or two a week to contribute.

Residents also can sponsor a senior during the holidays or for an entire year. Once again, there is a waiting list for this service. Only when a person leaves the program can a new person be added; however an annual pledge could add a person who is in urgent need. Meals on Wheels is partly funded by the United Way, but the rising cost of food has put a strain on the program’s budget. We need your help to continue delivering food and good cheer to the hungry.

Some examples:

 Sponsor a recipient for one week/five meals: $27.50

 Sponsor a recipient for one month/20 meals: $110

 Sponsor a recipient for six months/120 meals: $660

 Sponsor a recipient for one year/240 meals: $1,320

Amounts listed are suggestions only.

A gift of any size is gratefully accepted at: WCCOA, 140 W. Franklin St., 4th Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21740

According to a national survey conducted for the U.S. Administration on Aging, 93 percent of participants say Meals on Wheels means they can continue living in their own home. A Washington County Meals on Wheels recipient said, “I cannot stand very long or lift heavy pots with food to cook like I used to do. I am very grateful and happy to be a part of your program.”

Most Meals on Wheels recipients live alone, do not have a support system and most are low-income. One recipient said, “The volunteers are very nice. I know I am getting one good meal a day. Before, I only ate canned vegetables.” For too many, the daily visit made by the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only regular social contact in their lives.

Our vulnerable citizens deserve to live a life with dignity and without hunger. Won’t you please help? To learn more, please call 301-790-0275, ext. 209.

Hilary F. Lo
Community Educator
Washington County Commission on Aging Inc.
Hagerstown

Does the word “nothing “ come to mind?

To the editor:

Listening to the news these days, there is story after story about one impending crisis after another being reported as though the world is coming to an end and we are all doomed.

North Korea is going to test another rocket in violation of international law. What can we do about it?

Iran is getting close to a nuclear bomb. What are we going to do about it?
Israel and the Palestinians are at each other’s throats again. What are we going to do about it?

We are heading for a fiscal collapse because our politicians cannot compromise. What are we going to do about it?

Syria is about to use weapons of mass destruction. What can we do about it?

Does the word “nothing” come to mind?

The world has become a very complex place today. Our ability (and maybe our collective will) to do something effective about it is decreasing or nonexistent at the international, national and local level. The U.S. influence on world affairs has diminished dramatically in the last few decades. We can argue about the reasons, but cannot deny the situation. Politicians have forgotten about who they represent and are playing to the party, the media and looking two, not 10, years down the road. So, immediate problems, bandage solutions, (looking for media attention) take precedence, not real solutions. And the media has devolved into “look at me now!” and advocacy TV, rather than reporting and informing.

We, as citizens, have no power to affect these things. We are not even pawns. We get no attention. The politicians, after the election, look only to pleasing the party, producing sound bites, raising money and getting re-elected. The media wants nothing but dramatic events or sound bites. When they cannot get them, they manufacture crisis. There is a frustration that cannot be soothed. We can only shake our heads and ask “what can we do?” Does the word “nothing” come to mind?

Murray Deutchman
Sharpsburg

Greencastle project raises money for Holocaust museum

To the editor:

On May 1, 2012, after 18 months of hard work involving more than 750 people, including 100 students, viewed the screening of the film, “The Glorious and the Brave,” which features five area World War II veterans and two Holocaust survivors.

The stories of eyewitnesses and participants in history come to life in this film that chronicles the lives of two little girls caught up in Adolf Hitler’s quest to eliminate the lives of more than 9 millions Jews throughout Europe.

Along with their story, five local veterans convey their experiences fighting Nazi aggression and in liberating the victims of Hitler’s war against the Jews. A companion book features these veterans and survivors as well as student writing.

Since its first screening in May, the film has been shown at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa., aired on WJAL-TV, and was reviewed at two statewide conferences. Sales from the DVD and book have raised more than $2,500 and benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
 
Greencastle-Antrim High School students involved with the project appreciate the support of the people in the community who have purchased the DVD and book.

We presented our first checks for $1,000 each to the Wounded Warrior Project and to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recently. For more information about the DVD and the book, contact Project Coordinator Martina K. Fegan, at 717-264-1008, 7170597-3226, or go to www.thegloriousandthebrave.blogspot.com.

A comprehensive Educator’s Guide is available on the website for teachers and parents of home-schoolers.

Martina K. Fegan, teacher
Greencastle-Antrim High School
Greencastle, Pa.

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