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OPINION
September 29, 2011
"I'm calling regarding the discussion of smoking at the Meritus Medical Center. It's my belief that the medical center should not support, in any way, smoking on their facility. They are a health-conscious organization, and just as they would not promote people drinking on the job or taking a break to ... take alcoholic drinks, they should not give breaks to people, to employees, to smoke during the day. " - Washington County "The Republicans in Congress refuse to raise taxes on the millionaires, billionaires and corporations, while the burden of attempting to balance the budget remains on the backs of the middle class and the poor.
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OPINION
April 11, 2012
“You know, this Romney running for president on the Republican side, he brags about how many jobs he's saved, his Bain Capital, but he doesn't tell you how many jobs he got rid of and fired, and pulled the money out from these factories for his ... buddies, and laid the people off and bankrupted the company. He didn't tell you that. ... But he lost more than he won.” - Hagerstown “What a wonderful column in this morning's paper by Tom Firey, talking about the stadium.
NEWS
February 23, 2006
"My mother, Margaret Nixon, and I want to express our sincere delight and pleasure for the many cards, visitors, and phone calls she has received since I called about her to Mail Call. You have given her much to think about and talk about, and brightened her days while convalescing at Ravenwood Nursing Home. I also want to express our sincere appreciation to the entire staff at Ravenwood Nursing Home. My mother has received the finest care possible from all the caregivers there. We love you and thank you for your dedication and every kindness.
NEWS
By ANDREA ROWLAND | May 7, 2000
Becky Stanley tried not to snag her nylons as she hiked through weeds and debris in a vacant lot across the railroad tracks from Statton Furniture Manufacturing Co. in Hagerstown. The marketing executive was looking for cats. She left behind her a trail of canned cat food leading to a pickup truck, where Stanley's husband, George, waited with a metal cage. "I get the dirty work," he said. The Williamsport couple has made it their mission to trap, seek medical attention and find homes for the 50 or so feral cats in the long-established colony near the furniture factory.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | April 19, 2005
A mist rises over a crisp, autumn hayfield. The boy, out on his first hunt, trembles ever so slightly as he levels his .410 at his prey. "Careful son," the proud dad advises. "Make sure you get him with the first shot - there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded kitty. " Sadly, this wholesome scenario never will play out in Wisconsin, where officials have rejected recommendations by the state's Conservation Congress to allow cat hunting. Apparently stray cats are causing a problem in the land of snowballs and cheese, and this Conservation Congress had an elegantly simple solution: Shoot them.
NEWS
April 4, 2001
Waynesboro council cracks down on feral cat feeders By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro Tender-hearted Waynesboro residents who feed stray cats that end up on their doorsteps can now be arrested, fined up to $300 or even spend 30 days in jail, according to an ordinance passed Wednesday night by the Borough Council. The council, bowing to pressure from a handful of residents on Ridge and Fairview avenues who complained that stray cats were messing on their properties, passed the law unanimously.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 14, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Brenda Shane has played mother hen to a feral cat colony at Hagerstown City Park for 10 years, feeding them every day she can get there. So, she was upset when she heard the city would battle fleas at the park's Mansion House by getting rid of the cats. Initially, Junior Mason, the city's parks superintendent, said last week that the Humane Society of Washington County probably would remove the cats and look for homes for them at shelters. In a follow-up interview, he said the city instead might simply catch some or all of the cats, treat their flea problems and return them to the park.
NEWS
September 27, 2006
Cat colonies can be managed To the editor: Feral cats are the result of abandoned, lost, and outdoor family pets that owners have failed to have spayed and neutered. Removing and killing feral cats does not reduce feral cat populations. It only provides space for more cats to move in and start the breeding process again. This is well documented worldwide as the "vacuum effect. " Feral cats establish territories based on availability of food sources and shelter.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | August 1, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com An animal shelter already "overwhelmed" with cats and kittens has been forced to ban cat adoptions for two weeks because of an outbreak of feline distemper. The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter at 2325 Country Road in Chambersburg also has stopped accepting cats and kittens until the crisis is over, Jim Hardy, executive director, said Thursday. Symptoms of feline distemper, a highly contagious viral disease among cats, include lethargic behavior, vomiting and dehydration, Hardy said.
NEWS
September 19, 2006
Elsewhere on this page, Brenda Shane of Williamsport takes us to task for opposing her support of a feral (undomesticated) cat colony in Hagerstown's City Park. Her letter said that the editor should do research before commenting. As it happens, we have looked at some of the research. And, much of it does indicate that a cat colony whose members have been spayed, neutered and vaccinated poses little health risk to humans. But that is only true if membership remains constant, according to state park officials in California, where it is illegal to dump a domestic animal on park land.
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