We Americans survived the “political storm” without casualties. A few losers, maybe, like the billionaire PAC donors, who bought very little influence, “The Donald,” and those living in the Fox News “bubble.” But winners and losers alike get to assemble together at the table and lunch on little “d” democracy to the envy of America’s friends and foes around the world. Our bruises and hurt feelings should heal even before we join to start work on the tough tasks of building a stronger, more prosperous and whole United States of America.
Come on everybody. Take your seat at the table. Enjoy.
M. Douglas Becker
Thursday set aside for those trying to quit smoking
To the editor:
Thursday, Nov. 15, is the Great American Smokeout.
Many Washington County residents will take the challenge to try quitting smoking for one day in the hopes of quitting for good. The Tobacco Free for Life Program of the Washington County Health Department in collaboration with the Tobacco Free Washington County Coalition joins in encouraging smokers to go smoke free that day.
Most tobacco users have been trying to quit for some time, even years. A crucial component to an individual’s success is support. Support is available in Washington County through the health department, which offers free tobacco cessation classes monthly and free nicotine patches while supplies last.
In addition, the Maryland Quit Line (1-800-QUITNOW or 1-800-784-8669) offers 24/7 free phone support and free nicotine patches or gum. Free text support is also available (Text QUIT to 47848) and the Tobacco Free for Life Program sponsors a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tobacco-Free-For-Life-Washington-County-MD/304222946278977) with additional support.
Why not join other tobacco users across the country and try quitting for one day for the Great American Smokeout? Prepare to quit by getting the support you need. Remember, quitting happens one craving at a time, one decision at a time, one day at a time.
If you have questions or would like assistance in quitting, you may call the Tobacco Free for Life Program at 240-313-3360; TTY 240-313-3391.
Paula Ernst, community health educator
Washington County Health Department