August 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 17, 2013


---- — Supportive people

TO THE EDITOR: On July 17, our wife, mother and grandmother, Mary Melhorn, lost her courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was a kind and generous person, always putting the needs of others before her own. I would like to thank all of you who made this journey a little easier: Drs. DeLucas, Piche, Gretz and Astell; the nurses at FitzPatrick Cancer Center, especially Suzy Rock, a trusted friend over the years; the technical folks in radiology and the clerical staff; the nurses on R-5 who took care of her during her three stays; doctors and nurses at the ER; the staff at Meadowbrook rehab; Father Schnob, who comforted us during this most difficult time and for the Mass; Sally Kokes and the Bereavement Committee; Neil Hamilton, Glen Miller and staff at Hamilton Funeral Home; and family and friends who attended the viewing, the funeral Mass and sent flowers and cards.

A special thank you to Theresa Senecal, herself a caregiver, who still managed to visit as often as she could; Julie and her mom, who helped with the meals; and finally, to our children and grandkids, who supported Mary throughout this demanding time: Christina, the oldest, who gave a moving remembrance; Gabrielle, who, as an RN, knew what questions to ask when they needed asking; Robbie, who was our rock in those final last minutes; and Ron, who is more like his mom than anyone.

To the grandkids, Skinny Butt, Slick (aka Jarhead), Olive (Miss Oil) Scooter, Chatter Box and JB. always remember, whenever you look in a mirror, that a little piece of your grandma will be looking back; always make sure she is proud of what she sees.

I did the best I could, Chicken Lady — Sarge.




Event restrictions

TO THE EDITOR: Just a letter to compliment the City management in providing an excellent Fourth of July celebration and Mayor’s Cup fireworks.

They were well attended and enjoyed by all ages. The fireworks were superb.

As one who has attended many such celebrations, and mostly have enjoyed sitting on the steps, there are several things that have to be done to maintain pleasant and safe conditions.

Dogs, skateboards and smoking have to be prohibited on City Hall property. Every event has 12-to-16-year-olds sitting on the steps and smoking. Adult smokers are also abusive of their surroundings.

Very young children climb and horse around on the side walls, a very dangerous practice.

People disregard the hand railings and completely block access to those of us who depend upon their use for access. Some resist moving aside but do when confronted.

Within the past few years, I addressed the council by letter of this problem and asked that “No smoking” or “No blocking hand rail” signs be hung on the three rails. Nothing was done. This is a public building, and the elderly, handicapped and all should be considered.

For some reason, even though signs prohibiting dogs and skateboards were displayed, there has been little or no enforcement. That should be corrected for the future.

Please consider having this discussed and implemented.

Also, after the rail disaster in Canada, it is time to find out what the contents of the tankers (PROCOR) and others are. There is daily movement through the city, and if there is any dangerous material being transported through here, it should be addressed.




Regret Civil War

TO THE EDITOR: Why do we at each Gettysburg anniversary continue to consecrate the Civil War, a war that killed and maimed over a million Americans?

Or should I question, as many have in recent years, whether this war was one of necessity that justified its appalling costs? Was it a “good” war because it destroyed slavery? Did 19th century Americans have to slaughter each other to do that?

The Civil War did not bind the nation back together. Instead, the South became a stagnant backwater, a resentful region that lagged and resisted the nation’s progress — not too unlike the role played by the GOP since 2008.

It’s taken a century and the civil-rights struggle for blacks to achieve legal equality and for the South to emerge from poverty and isolation. Was the war and its immense toll in blood and treasure worth it? No.

Historians may glorify the battles fought, but soldiers told different stories: of being “sprayed by the brains” of men shot in front of them, or hugging the ground and waving white handkerchiefs. This and other scenes of horrible slaughter don’t get much notice during Civil War anniversaries.

Do we plan to honor the anniversaries of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars when, if ever, our total involvement in them ends?