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Letters to the Editor - July 13

July 13, 2013

Monterey Pass Battlefield group expresses thanks

To the editor:

Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. would like to thank all of the visitors and supporters who contributed to making our 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Monterey Pass a success. Without the support of our community and our visitors, we would not be where we are today. 

Our support team includes John Miller, The Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield board of directors, Washington Township Board of Supervisors, Mike Christopher, Clint Rock, Washington Township administrative staff, Janet Pollard and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau staff, The Martin House Bed and Breakfast, the Cantwell family, Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Sesquicentennial Committee, David Finney, Shockey Foundation, C-Ely Signs and Graphics, Eichholz Flowers, Blue Ridge Summit Library, Blue Ridge Summit Fire Police, Supervisor Elaine Gladhill, D.L. George, Washington Township Municipal Authority, Rolando Woods Lions Club Park, Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wayne Hutzell, Ted Alexander, the Rev. John Schildt, Steve French, Tom Clemens, Linda Richters, Patricia Meyers, John and Jodi Nolan and Dusty, Mark Dudrow and Eve, Julia Suchanek, Rich, Jen and Holly Fehle, Tim Morrow, Marshall Miller and Terry McClellan.

Thank you for your continued support in our vision to preserve and interpret the Monterey Pass Battlefield.

Alicia Miller, chair
Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc.


Society must answer tough questions for caregivers

To the editor:

For 15 years, from 1997 to 2012, I was primary caregiver for my parents. During that time, caregiving made employment impossible. I lost Dad in 2001. Mom was already having significant health issues. In 2008, she suffered a massive stroke that left her severely handicapped. In 2010, I brought her home from the nursing home and cared for her until her passing in October.

Since Mom passed, I have been trying to find employment but to no avail. At 58, I have no job, no income, no means of support and I face losing everything I have, including my three pet cats and my home. I am finding among caregivers I am not alone.

Everyone seems to want to get me everything but what I need. “We’ll get you counseling. We’ll get you into this program and that program.” What I need is a job, a way to support myself. I don’t want handouts. I want a good job using the skills I have to earn a living.

The problem is that cases like mine force society to face some uncomfortable issues and questions. Society doesn’t want to deal with or face the real problem. If no one gives me a job, a way to earn a decent wage and support myself, then what do I live on? If there is nothing for me to live on then how do I live? Or don’t I live at all?

When we take away from someone everything they have and leave them with nothing, what do they have to live for? What do they have to continue on for? So they can hurt and suffer? So they can feel sad and empty the rest of whatever time they have in this life? Forced into a kind of living death? That is what I face.

Does society have the right, or should it even have the authority to impose that kind of living death on someone whose only crime is that they are unemployed and have no means to support themselves? These become even more poignant questions in cases like mine where the person has already been through many years of extreme struggle and stress, and has for years given of themselves to others. 

Ultimately, cases like mine force society to examine what it is to be human and humane, and to ask if we as a society are in fact human and humane.

Raymond E. Scott II
Zullinger, Pa.

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