Letters to the Editor -- May 13, 2011

Fashion show fundraiser a success

On behalf of the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club, I would like to thank everyone who helped make our Wrapped Up In Fashion luncheon an overwhelming success.

The event, held at Baywood, which offered beautiful springtime scenery, was a “sell out” weeks ahead of time due to the support of many guests who return year after year. The fabulous fashions presented were from Crazy Ladyz, located in West Ocean City. The event raised just under $4,000 for our scholarship and community assistance programs.

Many thanks go to our local community merchants for their donations of wonderful auction items. We are truly blessed to have their continuing support. Thanks to the owner and staff of Crazy Ladyz for making our models look marvelous, and thanks also to the membership for their contribution of hundreds of hours of their time, as well as auction items. This support is what enables us to assist in fulfilling the many needs that exist in our community.

Betsy Christian
Lord Baltimore Lioness Club

Women’s Civic Club’s event a big hit

On May 12, 2011, the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach held our annual May Luncheon and Fashion Show at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club. The club would like to thank Ken Crooks from Treasure Island Fashions for providing our fashions and accessories.

My thanks go to Barbara Bozak and Joann McGaughey for chairing this event and to Vice-President Sondra Mueller for her support in making the luncheon a success. Thank you to our models, assistants and all members who worked on this special day, especially Robin and Elaine Rabinowitz, who were in charge of obtaining our raffle gifts from our local businesses.

The WCCBB sends out our appreciation to the following members of our business community: Angel Hair Salon, China Express, Clare’s Keepsake and Scrapbook Cove, Dirty Harry’s Restaurant, Fish Tales, the Frog House Restaurant, Gems Boutique & Fine Jewelry, Giant, Harris Teeter (Salt Pond), Japanesque, Jimmy’s Restaurant, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Maureen’s Ice Cream & Desserts, Ocean View Family Restaurant, Penguin Diner, PNC Bank, Recess, Romeo’s Kitchen, Sea Crest Gift & Gallery, Sea Level, Seaside Country Store, Shades at the Beach, The Cafe on 26, and Wear It Out.

We also thank the WCCBB members who contributed gifts for the raffle. All of the proceeds of this raffle go to our annual giving to our community.

The generosity of our local merchants and members of our club is incredible. Thank you to all who were involved in making this day a success.

Suzanne Evans
Outgoing WCCBB President

Reader upset by lack of guidance at LB

Yesterday I became aware that Lord Baltimore, our excellent local elementary school, will lose its school counselor in the 2011-2012 academic year.

The current population at LB is over 650, and the state guideline for counselors is one for each 250 students. In a time of high unemployment and many stresses for our local families this is a sad loss and a false economy and will surely increase the burden of already overworked teachers.

In my position as a religious educator at St. Ann’s, I have often witnessed the valuable work done by Nancy Ward, the current counselor. Besides educating about bullying, addictions, obesity, respect, grief counseling and values we all hold dear, plus one-on-one counseling, she is the one providing support in a crisis.

At Thanksgiving time and Christmas, she coordinates food and gifts for families in need. Some local children who could never afford to go away to camp are helped each summer through a program she facilitates with St. Martha’s and other area churches. Her group sessions and class special lessons in citizenship and civility provide a formative foundation for our children.

I am a concerned community member and educator. My father and children have attended Lord Baltimore, and now we have two grandchildren there. It has a history of being a superb school with an outstanding staff and caring families, but, if next year it is the only school in the district without a counselor, it will be a daunting challenge to maintain that legacy.

Please join me in asking your school board to rescind this decision.

Jeannie Bennett Fleming

Mitchell makes case to senator on issue

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Sen. George Bunting Jr. and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication:

You originally voted against Greenhouse Gas Caps (SB 263) in 2008, and so your support of HB 86 to force Delaware to withdraw from the RGGI agreement is of little surprise. SB 263 passed the Senate 15-5 with the support of the late Sen. Adams, Sen. Venables, Sen. Simpson and the support of seven Republicans. Yet, you voted against it and the wishes of your constituents.

Hopefully, wiser now, you should reconsider your sponsorship of HB 86 and vote against HB 86 because:

? RGGI has an important success record that has resulted in a substantial decrease in CO2 emissions, plus adding as little as 1$ a month to home electricity bills.

? While the increase in electricity costs has been marginal, the main reason for increasing electricity costs has been the failure of DPL to increase generating capacity and rising fuel costs. In 2002, the legislature allowed DPL to sell or transfer all of its generation assets.

? Employers have the benefit of forming co-ops to reduce their costs, but households do not. I fail to see how employers are leaving the state because of high electricity costs.

? RGGI has put Delaware on the path to reduced health care costs for the future. Elimination of RGGI would reverse that trend and impair our Sustainable Energy Program. SB 263 directed “all proceeds from the sale of RGGI CO2 allowances be used for public benefit purposes and directs revenues to the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) for the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to programs designed to help low income ratepayers, to a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program and to DNREC for administration of the program.”

Thank you for your consideration.

Perry J. Mitchell
Ocean View

Writer explains importance of nursing

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Nurses Trusted to Care” as the theme for 2011.

The celebration of “nurses trusted to care” is very appropriate. In 2010, Americans voted nursing the most trusted profession in America for the 11th time in 12 years in the annual Gallup poll that ranks professions for their honesty and ethical standards. Nurses’ honesty and ethics were rated “very high” or “high” by 81 percent of poll respondents.

Our nurses here at Atlantic General Hospital can be proud of their patient satisfaction scores: Patients rate AGH nurses well above the national average in patient education, courtesy and respect, and discharge planning.

National Nurses Week began on May 6 and will end on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, our nursing staff has received massages and other gifts as tokens of our appreciation, and registered nurses in the Atlantic General Hospital and Health System were honored at a recognition dinner hosted at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.

For those considering a health care profession, nursing is an excellent choice. Nursing continues to be the largest of the health care professions and is still growing, thanks to the outstanding local nursing programs at Wor-Wic Community College, Sojourner Douglass and Salisbury University.

With health care reform there will be expanded opportunities for nurses in the role of primary care and wellness. Nurses are in demand and will continue to be trusted and appreciated by those they serve, providing the potential for a very rewarding career.

On behalf of Atlantic General Hospital and Health System, I want to recognize and thank the outstanding nurses that deliver high quality nursing services with a caring and genuine touch. The community is very fortunate to have a diverse and committed team of nurses who focus on continued learning and excellence in the care they provide to their neighbors and your family. Take a moment and thank a nurse today.

Colleen Wareing, Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO
Atlantic General Hospital

Writer: Cuts on senior services unfair

As I watch Congress and the president figure out a way to pay our country’s bills, I am struck by how easy it is for some in Washington to confuse Medicare and Social Security with numbers on a balance sheet.

They are not. They are cornerstones of retirement for 47 million seniors. Slashing them, to balance the budget on their backs, violates an American promise to our nation’s seniors.

Seniors need peace of mind. They need to know that Medicare guarantees affordable health care. They need to know that Social Security is always there. And they need to know that their hard-earned benefits will be honored. They do not need new economic burdens.

Reducing the deficit and controlling government spending are important. But arbitrarily cutting Medicare and Social Security is not the way to do this. Limiting how much care Medicare will provide could force seniors to pay higher premiums and co-pays.

And trimming Social Security payments denies seniors money they currently count on.

Political leaders must know that, to seniors, Medicare and Social Security are more than line items in the federal budget. They are pillars of stability. They offer health coverage and income to live on in retirement. They are the foundation of the American dream.

Recent proposals to target Medicare and Social Security for harmful cuts are unfair to America’s seniors, who have earned the peace of mind these programs guarantee. Instead of putting seniors’ health and income security in jeopardy, politicians need to find a better way to solve our nation’s budget problems.

John G. Walsh
AARP Executive Council