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To the Editor:
The Minerva Heritage Holiday Quilt and Art Show is over for 2010. If you were one of those who attended our display, you know we had an excellent show. We had 41 quilts and they made a beautiful display. These quilts were all from the Minerva Local School District. Some of the quilts were handmade; some were new and some were antiques. Some were hand quilted and others were machine quilted. No matter how they were done, they were beautiful.

To those of you who displayed a quilt, thank you. To those residents in the Minerva Local School District who have quilts but did not display them this year, we hope you sill consider it next time we have a quilt show.

Marilyn Tarbet
Minerva, OH 

To the Editor:
With the recent area near drownings and crowds flocking to area pools and lakes in Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties, we must remember to keep individuals safe in and around the water.  According to the Center of Disease Control drowning is the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for youth ages 5 to 24.

In an effort to save lives, the American Red Cross recommends the following tips:

* Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe is to learn to swim.  Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.  Enroll in a swim course and swim in supervised areas only.

* Obey all rules and posted signs.

* Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”—too tired, too cold, too

    far from safety, too much sun, and too much strenuous activity.

* Don’t mix alcohol and swimming. Alcohol impairs your judgment,

    balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.

* Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop

    swimming at the first indication of bad weather.

* Know how to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies.
Safety is the number one issue to stress.  Unless people receive proper water safety and swim lessons - pools, water parks and even bathtubs can be dangerous places.  

For more water safety or swim lesson information, contact the chapter at 330-343-8633 or e-mail or visit

Chad Conrad
Director, Muskingum Lakes Chapter
American Red Cross 

To the Editor:
Don’t think it can’t happen to you.

For 44 years I paid for health insurance and never filed a claim. I didn’t have a need to see a doctor.

Seven years ago, by accident, it was discovered I had three aneurysms, one of which was ready to burst. Before they could operate I had to get a release from a heart doctor. The tests showed I had five blocked arteries; the main artery was 95 percent blocked. I never had a single symptom.

I was 63 years old and had been a physical fitness and vitamin enthusiast since I was a teenager. My job allowed me to walk more than five miles a day for 29 years. My weight never fluctuated five pounds in 30 years.

I recently called several major health insurance companies to see if I could get coverage and was told due to current guidelines, they could not insure me. I paid for health insurance 44 years and never used it. This is how I was repaid.

According to CNN News, the CEO for Aetna Insurance was paid $38 million last year and the annual compensation for the CEO of United Healthcare was paid $58 an hour.

Thanks to Ohio Heart Care’s screening program, I take no prescription medicine for either surgery. I thank God every night for Medicare, which I paid into for 40 years and accepts everyone who has a pre-existing condition, and for Social Security, which I paid into for 45 years.

Recently George W. Bush stated his biggest mistake while president was not privatizing Social Security. He fully intended to put the money in the stock market.

If he had been successful, when Wall Street collapsed in 2008, everyone receiving Social Security would have been wiped out financially.

The poverty and devastation this would have caused would have been equal to the Depression.

President Bush’s plan was to repay Wall Street for the campaign contributions and eliminate paying $2.5 trillion the government borrowed from Social Security.

Social Security should never be privatized.

Marc Blanc
Carrollton, OH

To the Editor:
On July 1, my brother was using his farm tractor to brush hog. He hit something and the steering wheel went out of control. He drove the tractor to the barn, shut off everything and as he approached us, I saw both hands were bleeding. We wrapped them in paper towels and headed home. He then said he would need stitches.

Not knowing what time Carrollton Aultman closes, we drove to the entrance. My friend went to the receptionist and she told her to bring him in. After taking the necessary information, the doctor and nurse did the repair. By then it was past closing time.

I just want to commend the staff, doctor, nurse and receptionist for cooperating to get the job done and on the clean up of the facility so everyone could go home. They provided great care, making sure my 88-year-old brother was able to walk to the vehicle and the doctor walked with him.

Mabel Hudak
Carrollton, OH

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