Seniors get runaround scheduling vaccinations

On Jan. 11, the Allegany County Health Department posted a notice that coronavirus vaccine was available for people over 75 by appointment through senior centers or online. On Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. the Frostburg senior center was accepting no calls. My husband resorted to the online option. He had to photograph his insurance card, download it to the computer and attach it to the application which are skills I don’t have. By the evening of the 12th there were no more appointments.

What this experience taught me was that people who don’t have a computer don’t stand a chance. They can only learn of the vaccine if they check the ACHD website daily, and without a computer this is impossible. People who learn of the vaccine availability have to hope the senior center answers the phone. People who try to register online need to be computer savvy or ignore the instructions and hope they can still get an appointment. Last you need to have access to a driver to get you there because you have to get to Barton Park Drive.

Please tell me how his is fair to the poor, handicapped, non-drivers, visually impaired and those with limited computer skills. There needs to be a better way.

Jackie Snelson Frostburg

Consider the importance of trash collectors in city

I followed a garbage truck in Cumberland today. There were two choices — sit in my vehicle and sigh or patiently wait while the workers rushed to grab the trash that lined the sidewalks.

Waiting reminded me of Tim Russert’s book, “Big Russ and Me.” Russert describes how his father, who labored on a garbage truck, performed his duty with sincere earnest.

The book focuses on the details his father discussed about his daily work. For example, it was explained how to avoid rats by using the garbage can lid as a shield. That tip about evading the rodents made me think of the local workers who must face many unpleasant situations beyond the odor of the food and junk that is embedded in the various vessels.

It makes one think that how essential these workers are and, with little imagination, it is easy to grasp a visual image of an area without this service.

They ask for very little from their customers such as requesting the use of bags for the waste deposited.

Just some thoughts for the next time fate decides that it is your turn to follow the vehicle that we depend on to accept our waste for proper disposal.

Please recycle.

Bernie Lechman Cumberland

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