Letters: Grateful for masks donated to direct support professionals; In support of Titus for Circuit Court judge; No shortage of milk thanks to dairy farmers

Grateful for masks donated to direct support professionals

During the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, well-deserved attention has been given to the needs of our health care workers and first responders. This holds true with the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, commonly called “PPE.”

Unfortunately, essential direct support professionals (DSP’s) supporting citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at the bottom of the list when it comes to the allocation of PPE. There are numerous group homes and assisted living homes across Carroll County supporting many segments of our population who are considered “vulnerable.” The Direct Support Professionals working in these homes need PPE too!


I would like to give heartfelt thanks to Edith Burbage and Kathy Smyth. These two ladies reached out to me after reading Jon Kelvey’s March 24 article, “Vulnerable in group homes coping with concerns.”

Edith and Kathy made over 80 washable fabric masks for use by the DSP’s working in the group homes operated by Flying Colors of Success. It is nice to know that there are community members willing to help us as we care for some of Carroll County’s most vulnerable citizens!


C. Michael Hardesty

Littlestown, Pennsylvania

The author is the president and CEO of the nonprofit Flying Colors of Success, Inc.

In support of Titus for Circuit Court judge

I am writing in support of Judge Richard Titus, and his election to the Circuit Court. There are many reasons that I support retaining Judge Titus, Gov. Hogan’s selection to the Circuit Court. I could mention that he is the only one in this race that has been vetted by a rigorous selection process, and is the only one who has actually served as a judge on our Circuit Court.


Mostly, though, I support him because I know him to be a thorough, thoughtful and impartial judge and person. I also know of his professionalism and skill as a litigator. I litigated against Judge Titus when he was a practicing attorney. I also had the privilege of being on the same side with him representing the same client for a brief period before he was appointed to the bench. I have seen up close his legal ability, hard work, honesty and skill in the representation of his clients. Even as his opponent, he treated me and my clients with courtesy and civility, while at the same time vigorously representing his clients.

As a practicing attorney, I believe that he lends the kind of skill, diligence, temperament, impartiality and professionalism that makes him well suited to be on the bench. Judge Titus has already proven, as attorney and Judge, that he possesses each of these qualities. I urge everyone voting in the upcoming election to strongly consider voting to retain Judge Titus on our Circuit Court bench regardless of your political party. The election of Judges should not be a partisan matter. It should only be about who is best qualified in terms of skill, temperament, experience and diligence to serve on the bench. To me, that is Judge Titus.

Tom McCarron


The author is former chair of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee and former chair of the Freedom Area Citizens Council.

No shortage of milk thanks to dairy farmers

On behalf of the 10,000 dairy farm families that I have the privilege to represent, I want to acknowledge how difficult this time is for everyone. Our prayers are especially with those families whose health has been affected by the coronavirus. 

Our dairy farm families are committed to providing wholesome dairy products to feed our communities, especially during these challenging, changing times. And even though times are tough, we are in this together. While consumers are facing unprecedented changes in the way they live their lives, dairy farmers are affected as well. With dramatic shifts in the distribution network, school and restaurant closures, the dairy supply chain has been disrupted.  

Half of all the cheese that’s produced is normally consumed through restaurants, and about 7% of the milk that’s produced is used for in-school meals. And while school meals are still being provided to families, it’s not nearly as much as when school is in session.

The good news is that more consumers are preparing meals at home, so the demand for milk at grocery stores has skyrocketed. Initially, panic-buying led to limited availability in stores; however, the distribution system is catching up, products are becoming more readily available, and supply limits are few.

Rest assured that there is no shortage of milk. Farmers will continue to produce a product that is safe and nutritious. Consumers can continue to support the local economy and farmers by purchasing dairy as a part of their regular groceries.

Rick Naczi

North Syracuse, New York

The author is the CEO of the American Dairy Association North East.

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