(enlarged brain ventricles). The severity of the hydrocephalus caused another
condition called anencephaly (absence
of brain matter). In addition, the nerve
center that connects the left and right
hemispheres of the brain (the corpus
callosum) was only partially formed,
which means that neurons are unable to
fire to the opposite hemisphere if there is
an incomplete pathway.
Many people are born with hydrocephalus without additional brain complications, and one would never be able to tell.
Hydrocephalus can be caused by a myriad of reasons and can occur during gestation or even in adulthood. For us, this was
only one of myriad issues that resulted in a
bleak prognosis for our children.
I am so appreciative to Bethesda Magazine for running the article, as abortion
is a touchy subject, despite it being the
law of the land for the past 40 years. Situations such as mine reinforce to me the
importance of choice.
Getting Out of the Spirits
I enjoyed Steve Hull’s “worst of” editorial in the last edition (January/February
2014). May I add some additional comments about one of the items, the Montgomery County liquor stores?
This has been a pet peeve of mine for
years. Government does not belong in the
retail business. However, as to the point
about prices, I find the county stores are
usually cheaper than their nearby D.C.
counterparts. Additionally, the county
seems to have stepped up its customer-relations efforts. The stores at Wisconsin
Circle and Westbard especially employ
very cheerful and helpful personnel.
You mention the $30 million the
county takes in from its liquor stores as
the reason for their existence. I would
argue the county would be money ahead
if it privatized. Imagine the revenue
it would reap from the sale of liquor
licenses to private companies! If you add
in what Giant and Safeway would pay to
be able to sell beer and wine, and sub-
tract the cost of renting and staffing the
county stores, I’ll bet the revenue would
exceed the $30 million threshold.
It makes no more sense for Montgomery County to be in the liquor business than it would be for it to sell shoes.
The National Gallery of Art is not part of
the Smithsonian Institution. “Requiem
for a Peacemaker” in the January/February 2014 magazine suggested otherwise.
In the wedding of Nina Bajaj and
Zeshawn Uddin (“Weddings of the Year,”
January/February 2014), hair was by
Jean Jekel of Talio Hair Design in Washington, D.C. The name was misspelled in
the magazine. n
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