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Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury would like to thank local authorities for their recent assistance in helping us prosecute the individuals responsible for stealing prescription medications from our residents ("Former nurses convicted of stealing drugs," Aug. 26 issue).

With our state-of-the-art security system, stringent pre-employment testing and random monthly drug testing, we continuously strive to maintain a safe and secure environment for our resident and employee family.

In this year's resident satisfaction survey, conducted by an independent research firm from Pennsylvania, a resident made the following comment about our nursing staff: "The personal care and attention of staff is the greatest asset. The lead nursing staff members deserve whatever it takes to keep them. The Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury reputation for care is based on consistent care quality. They assure this every day in many ways and protect our dignity in the process. They make us feel safe."

Westminster-Canterbury takes resident safety and security very seriously and it is a top priority for our administration. We are grateful that the local authorities helped us successfully prosecute the individuals who took unfair advantage of our residents.

Jeannie Shiley
President and CEO
Shenandoah Valley
Westminster-Canterbury
300 Westminster-Canterbury Drive
Winchester
Aug. 26, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

When you turn on the lights, have you wondered what was behind the switch? In the United States, nearly 50 percent of electricity is generated by coal.

Coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels, is harming both people and our environment. It is important for Americans to understand the role they play in this destructive process.
After participating in a three-week long seminar at Signal Knob Middle School, we have discovered the true cost of coal. If coal was so good for Appalachia, it should be a region of wealth. Yet when we traveled to Whitesville, W.Va., we found a region of poverty, communities with health problems, coal mining jobs that had been replaced by machines and missing mountaintops.

More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal mining. The mountains are leveled when coal companies use explosives to blow off the tops of mountains to get at underlying coal seams. The waste is then dumped into valleys below, filling streams and rivers.

If you think this has nothing to do with you, think again. Most of us are connected to mountaintop removal mining. Our electricity provider, Shenandoah Valley Electric Coop, buys coal from companies engaged in mountaintop removal.

It is unrealistic to assume we can break our addiction to coal, but there are things we can do to help. Conserving electricity by turning off lights and unplugging appliances, when done by enough people, can help save a mountain. Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy can help save the environment.

You can write to Congress and ask your representatives to co-sponsor the Clean Water Protection Act and Appalachia Restoration Act, bills that would help keep our water safe from mountaintop removal mining operations. The time to act is now, since it is the future of our youth that is at stake.

Next time you turn on a light, stop for a minute and think about where that electricity is coming from. Think of the mountains that have been destroyed, the rivers that have been polluted and the communities in Appalachia that have suffered.

BETHANY GOCHENOUR
MILEY HUPP
& 3 OTHERS
Signal Knob Middle School
687 Sandy Hook Road
Strasburg
Aug. 27, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

After suing to stop health-care reform and the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse emissions as well as going after a university professor on climate change research, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at it again.

The man, who is an outspoken opponent of government intervention, nonetheless seeks to require clinics providing legal abortion services to meet much more stringent facility standards than they do today, without any proof such changes are needed. The result would be the shuttering of many of these entities.

As a state legislator, Cuccinelli, an ardent abortion foe, sought to pass legislation mandating stricter state oversight for buildings providing these services. This legislation was never enacted, so now the attorney general seeks an alternate route for his right-wing political agenda.

This activist approach is expensive, intrusive and not in the best interest of the citizens of the commonwealth.

Sid Sirota
921 Barksdale Lane
Winchester
Aug. 27, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

More Americans then ever are now disapproving of how President Obama does his job and the disapproval rate has now hit an all-time high. More than half of all voters surveyed are now saying they disapprove of how Obama handles the presidency. This new high disapproval rate certainly doesn't look good for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

The news now comes as Democrats are looking at the fallout from President Obama's remarks made in support of the mosque being built near ground zero, the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

With the Obamacare law, which is a socialistic program that more than 62 percent of Americans reject, Letting the much needed Tax Cuts from the Bush Era expire, unemployment at or above 10 percent and the economy lagging way behind, it's high time that the likes of Harry Raid and Nancy Pelosi and others be voted out of office and that the conservatives take our country back in November.

AL EISNER
12609 Farnell Drive
Silver Spring, Md.
Aug. 17, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

The horrific massacre of 72 migrants at a ranch in Mexico near the U.S. border has been attributed by various media sources to human traffickers and/or drug cartels.

I have not seen a single article that places a large share of the blame where it rightly belongs: on the U.S. government. As long as the government fails to do its duty to maintain the integrity of the border, drugs and illegals will be drawn to a porous border between the U.S. and Mexico just as sure as water is drawn by osmosis through a porous membrane.

It doesn't matter whether the open border is allowed because of economic interest in cheap labor, political interest in cheap votes or any other interest such as cheap drugs.
Letting the condition of our borders continue as they are is a crime against humanity that should be stopped. Not after the election -- not during the days leading up to the election -- but now.

HOWARD FENTON
435 Indian Spring Road
Woodstock
Aug. 27, 2010


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