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No More Deliveries at Barnes-Kasson

There is a crisis brewing in rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The only hospital in our county delivering babies is Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, PA. We will be unable to deliver babies at Barnes-Kasson Hospital as of February, 2004. The Board of Directors has set that date for closing our maternity unit if we are unable to find any financial help to cover our losses. (We do a high percentage of PA Medical Assistance deliveries and the hospital is underpaid for those services.)

I fear a disaster is in the making. Many women will not get prenatal care because of transportation problems. Pregnant women will be coming to our emergency room in labor and without prenatal care.

I ask all residents of our community to contact their representatives (federal, state, and local) to ask them to help us in our quest to deliver safe and much needed prenatal and delivery services to the women of Susquehanna County.


Warren S. DeWitt, MD

True Blue Democrats

I would like to point out an observation that I made leading up to the recent elections.

Political signs for the Democratic candidates for Susquehanna County Commissioner were conspicuously absent from the Democratic Committee members’ neighborhood’ here in Susquehanna Depot Borough.

This is not the first time in recent voting history.

The Susquehanna Depot Borough Democratic Committee members did not display ANY political signage supporting the local candidate for Susquehanna County Sheriff.

Also, when I was running for Susquehanna Depot Borough Council, a certain Democratic Committee person was telling voters to vote for the Republican candidates.

I have no problem with anyone voting for the candidate of their choice.

However, I do have a problem with Democratic Committee members posing as so called True Blue Democrats when in fact they do not support the Democratic candidates.

I believe that these traitors should realize that they are living a lie and that they should cease and desist in continuing the charade.

Perhaps when Democratic Committee members actually support the Democratic candidates, we will see some real change in the political landscape.

Until then it will remain business as usual


Richard A. Fabrizi, Sr.

Susquehanna Depot Borough

Correction Necessary

Referencing Lou Parrillo’s article published November 5, he stated that he thought that the proceeds from Pa's lottery was allocated to education. This is, of course, incorrect as the funds are discretely dedicated to "senior programs."

Lou is a very good friend of ours as we believe he is to most of the folks in our town. He has been, we feel, an asset to our community for a long long time. We certainly mean him no disrespect for the composition of his articles as we enjoy them all without exception.

I'm attaching Gov. Rendell's recent news letter to Pennsylvanians followed by the paragraph (c/c/p'd) which makes note as to the allocation of the lottery funds aforementioned.

The pertinent paragraph here:

"Since its inception more than 31 years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery has generated more than $13.8 billion for programs that benefit senior citizens, including the PACE and PACENET prescription-drug programs; property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging that operate 650 full- and part-time senior centers throughout Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state Lottery in the nation that designates all its proceeds to senior programs."


George & Joyce Burdick

Oakland PA


National Family Caregivers’ Month

Millions of Americans make extraordinary efforts every day to care for loved ones who are elderly, chronically ill, or disabled. These caregivers make many sacrifices to improve the lives of their loved ones. Through their love, dedication, and courage, these compassionate children, parents, spouses, grandparents, and extended family members strengthen and preserve the importance of family and reflect the true character of our Nation.

My Administration is supporting family caregivers in their efforts to provide comfort and support to their loved ones. The National Family Caregiver Support Program, managed by the Administration on Aging and the Department of Health and Human Services, gives family caregivers counseling, information, respite care, and supplemental services.

As we mark National Family Caregivers Month, we express our gratitude to family caregivers and celebrate the great blessings they bring to their families and to our Nation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, the authority vested in me by the Constitution, and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2003 as National Family Caregivers Month. I encourage all Americans to honor and support family members, friends, and neighbors who assume important caregiving responsibilities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred twenty-eighth.



President of the United States

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