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Letters: Generous support helped create new health facility for south county

Health center

I would like to thank Charles “Chuck” Goodman and Lauren King of the C.R. Goodman & Associates architectural firm for the outstanding service they have given to our small community health center here in south county.

They have, over the past year, directed our behavioral health project from the plan drawings through the building phase by the Mackenzie Contracting Co. in the space once occupied by the post office.

The space has been totally renovated and rebuilt to accommodate two therapists with offices, a group therapy meeting room and another room for use in tele-psychiatry encounters. This is a service greatly needed in south county, giving access to care for members of the community with behavioral health issues.

This is the second time Chuck Goodman has volunteered his company and his personal talents to Owensville Primary Care. In 2001 and 2002 he managed the renovation project of the health center in which we tore down and completely rebuilt the interior of the building.

Our community health center has offered assistance on a sliding-fee scale to our community for 43 years on the basis that no neighbor will ever go without needed health care. We give medical care to friends and neighbors in our community without regard to their ability to pay for those services.

The assistance from generous members of our community like Chuck Goodman helps us to support our mission by offsetting costs with volunteer expertise and labor.

On behalf of our patients and the community, we thank C.R. Goodman & Associates and the Mackenzie Contracting Co., which did the construction at the lowest possible cost. They are true community service volunteers.

SYLVIA FIELDER JENNINGS

CEO

Owensville Primary Care

West River

Gun violence

When is it time for our political leadership to say enough is enough about the gun violence in our country and to do something about it?

The gun violence in our cities appears to be increasing at an exponential rate. Meanwhile, our political leaders — both nationally and locally — continue to want to look the other way.

For example, a House committee voted recently to pass a law that would expand the ability to carry concealed firearms across state lines. The National Rifle Association has called the legislation its highest legislative priority in Congress. I wonder how much money the NRA has provided members of that House committee? This piece of legislation will only add to the potential for more gun violence.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, we see gun violence reaching record levels. Repeat gun offenders continue their return to the streets — and this even includes a 14-year-old with two gun violations within a two-week span.

It’s time for our leadership to step up, be courageous and to do the right thing — and that includes saying no to the NRA lobbying machine.

TOM JURKOWSKY

Annapolis

Be yourself

Regarding Arthur Mensch’s letter headlined “Judges,” (The Capital, Dec. 23):

This has got to stop. I am tired of people evoking the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to validate their retro racial attitudes, especially when they simultaneously deride “political correctness,” which is something the Rev. King clearly supported!

Folks, this 2017 — the era of Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Michael Peroutka. You don’t have to hide behind inappropriate paeans to dead civil rights leaders. Be yourself. It seems to be all the rage — pun intended — these days. In any case, as they say around my way, “You need to keep Dr. King’s name out your mouth.”

TONI JORDON

Severna Park

­Hats off

Pictures related to a poetry and math mixed class at North County High School (The Capital, Dec. 19) show the instructor and male students wearing hats.

I understand that times change, but isn’t proper etiquette encouraged in schools anymore? I see the same thing happening with young males at indoor public places and gatherings.

Hats off to those of my generation who practice acceptable behavior. It is the manly thing to do.

FRANK E. JAREMA

Annapolis

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