To the Editor:

I totally agree with Marilyn Hendrick of Warren who finds it incredible the Western Connecticut Health Network wants to close the birthing facilities of New Milford Hospital.

I came into the world at the New Milford Hospital in September of 1920.

The population of New Milford was 4,000. Today it is nearly 30,000.

Not only should the birthing center be retained, but it should be expanded. New Milford Hospital has the best medical and nursing care in the area.

Closing the birthing facilities makes no sense. Shakespeare put it best: "What fools we mortals be."

I was a patient at the New Milford Hospital in 1928 with tonsillectomy and several years ago with a knee injury. The medical and nursing care was superior.

I remember the early days when the founders, Adeline Strong and Dr. Rupert Day, gave their hearts and soul to founding an outstanding hospital.

Dr. Day would come to our home in his model-T Ford. Each patient would receive the same small black pills, but they seemed to work.

If he spotted a child wearing patches he would not charge.

Our family life and education was superb. Every morning we would recite the Lord's Prayer, salute the American flag, and sing the National Anthem.

In grade school, we learned to read and write, ancient classics and American history and we had respect for parents, teachers and police.

I remember with fondness our eighth-grade teacher reading Longfellow's "Evangeline," swaying to and fro with tears running down her cheek.

When we graduated from grammar school, we could read and write and balance our check books.

Today, by contrast, the town has hired a police officer to maintain discipline.

What has happened to our society?

More than 50 percent of marriages have ended in divorce. Forty-three percent of children are born out of wedlock and a large number of people are living together unmarried.

Clearly, divorce has raised havoc in family life and the children are the victims.

Oh, for the good old days.

Harry Cohen

New Milford