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Hospices and Hospitals in a Changing Environment

I am writing to clarify some facts from the article that appeared in The Sun on June 7, entitled "Hospice Will Join Hospital."

Tri-Home Care, Hospice and Services, Inc. was discussed in the article due to its for-profit tax status. There was no intent to imply that Tri-Home does not offer volunteer, bereavement and

spiritual programs.

That program, as all Medicare-certified hospices, is required, and does provide volunteer, bereavement and counseling services at charge to the family. In addition, I understand that Tri-Home recruits and trains volunteers and hires employees from Carroll County to serve county residents.

Secondly, it appears that the quote regarding health maintenance organizations' practice of using volunteers and children's bereavement camps is attributed to me. I did not speak to these issues when I was interviewed for this article. I would appreciate that being clarified.

I wish Carroll Hospice and the hospital good luck in achieving their goals with their affiliates.

Hospices are not immune to the drastic changes occurring in health care and it is important to find ways to continue to provide high quality hospice care to all Maryland residents.

Susan Riggs


The writer is executive director of the Hospice Network of Maryland, Inc.

Constitution Doodling

I heard tell that there are no less than 148 proposed amendments to the Constitution sitting in the congressional hopper. Woo-wee!

That is all I can say to that, and I can only imagine the consternation that those 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held in 1787 would feel were they to know of the efforts being made by today's politicians to tamper with that sacred document and to treat it as if it was still a rough draft into which they were free to insert changes for self-serving purposes or in response to a popular protest movement of the day.

In the intervening 208 years since the meeting of those delegates, who were virtually locked up for 17 weeks crafting the Constitution, there have been a total of 27 amendments added to that document. The first 10 of which, the Bill of Rights, were adopted only four years later in 1791.

Subsequent amendments were made, in large part, to rectify some gross inequities in our nation, such as abolishing slavery, establishing the rights of citizenship, eliminating race as a bar to voting and giving nationwide suffrage to women.

One that none of us likes, of course, was the 16th Amendment that authorized income taxes. By far and away the silliest one was the 18th Amendment prohibiting liquor, which was destined to failure from the start and led to the emergence of organized crime in this county. That still haunts us today.

William Howard Taft, who was on the Supreme Court when the Volstead Act took effect in 1920, made the following observation that we as a people (and Congress in particular) should reflect upon before rushing forth with Constitutional amendments designed to prescribe our personal behavior and restrict the basic freedoms that we cherish so highly.

He said, "No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people."

MA I am certain that our Founding Fathers would heartily concur.

David R. Grand


No Fighting Allowed

I am writing in response to the article written by Donna R. Engle, printed June 14: "Bar owners fined $250 for serving police cadet." Your paper misquoted me as saying that I was "worried a fight might break out."

It upsets me that readers of this article would be left with the impression that Clarence and Ann's Place is a dangerous place where someone would have to worry about his or her safety.

This simply is not true. I do not have fights in my establishment, and the enclosed list of customers will attest to that. My real concern on May 6 was that a robbery was going to take place when I saw county liquor inspector Charles Kaiser and his associate enter my establishment with a concealed gun.

I operate a clean, decent tavern, and my customers are some of the most wonderful people around.

I welcome any of your readers to stop in at any time to see for themselves the kind of place I run, and I can assure you that they need not bring a weapon.

Annie Yinger


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