Your Nov. 25 editorial “Life-saving HIV tests” sent an important message: HIV is treatable and with proper care, people with HIV can live long, productive lives.
Here’s what you missed: Free HIV tests have been available in the Toledo area since the mid-1990s. Today, a person can be educated and confidentially tested by a trained counselor using an oral mouth swab and get results in 20 minutes.
If a person tests positive, medical care may be covered by Ryan White Grant funding. Free testing is available somewhere in our community most days of the week. People should get a free test and know their status.
Editor’s note: The writer is a social worker and counselor at the Ryan White Program at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Andersons closing to hurt East Side
I was disappointed to hear that The Andersons at the Woodville Mall in Northwood will be closing (“The Andersons to close Northwood store” Nov. 19). I guess we east siders don’t count.
I have been a loyal customer of that outstanding store since it opened in 1988. It has always been a one-stop store. The people who work there have been cordial and willing to help in any capacity.
Shame on The Andersons for closing this great store. My heart goes out to all the wonderful people who have worked at that store through the years and have been my friends.
Return holidays to the family unit
Remember when the holidays meant that the family got together, ate good food, laughed, and watched silly holiday TV shows? Now we stand in lines for hours on Thanksgiving so we can trample our fellow man for one of the handful of items on sale.
Three movies will open on Christmas Day. Nothing says family like a day at the movie theater.
People have been trying to figure out what happened to the family in our country. We should spend the holidays thinking about how we got here, and how we can go back to these values we all say we have but don’t use anymore.
Sylvania lights up holiday display
Those who want to enjoy a spectacular holiday display should drive up and down Main Street in Sylvania. The trees on either side of the street and light poles feature lights from top to bottom and overhead for several blocks. It is beautiful.
Kudos to the authorities and the work crews of Sylvania who made this possible.