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SUVs prove their utility. (The Goodness of America).

Political and environmental zealots Zealots (zĕl`əts), Jewish faction traced back to the revolt of the Maccabees (2d cent. B.C.). The name was first recorded by the Jewish historian Josephus as a designation for the Jewish resistance fighters of the war of A.D. 66–73.  have savagely assailed sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in recent months, insisting that they are weapons of mass destruction Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or  driven by financiers of terrorism.

To the chagrin of their critics, a cadre of SUV owners were instrumental in providing crucial transportation for health care workers and others during the huge snowstorm that blanketed the Washington, D.C., area in February. On February 18th, for instance, the Washington Times reported that "a volunteer army of SUV owners rolled through the area's snow-covered streets this week to help doctors and nurses reach their jobs" after "more than 20 area hospitals, nursing homes and hospices asked for help delivering essential staffers -- and in some cases patients -- as nearly 2 feet of snow made roads too slippery and clogged for most cars."

Dr. Richard Goldberg, vice president of medical affairs at D.C.'s Georgetown University Hospital Coordinates:

Georgetown University Hospital was founded in 1898 as part of Georgetown University, a Catholic, Jesuit University in the Georgetown neighborhood of
 (where 50 SUV owners volunteered), told the Times, "It's an amazing display of volunteerism." And Jackie Hubbard, a staffing assistant at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital Center, added, "I really can't believe the outpouring of the volunteers. We've had to turn people away." Hubbard told the Times that "about 30 drivers in sport utility vehicles This page lists sports utility vehicles currently in production (as of April 2007), as well as past models. The list includes crossover SUVs, Mini SUVs, Compact SUVs and other similar vehicles.  gave rides to hospital staffers, and that roughly 100 more drivers called but were not needed. 'They could be doing a lot of things on a day like this,' she said. 'They could be next to the fire reading a good book or lying in their bed. I know that's what I'd be doing.'"

One SUV volunteer, Phil Heuschen of Arlington, Virginia, "started driving staffers and patients to [Virginia's] Inova Alexandria Hospital on Sunday at noon, went home at 2 a.m. and was on the road again ... at 9 a.m. He said the roughly 40 volunteer drivers developed a sense of camaraderie over the two days and reveled in each other's snow stories."

Another SUV Good Samaritan Good Samaritan

man who helped half-dead victim of thieves after a priest and a Levite had “passed by.” [N.T.: Luke 10:33]

See : Helpfulness

Good Samaritan
, D.C. resident Tony Snesko, told the Times that he was untroubled by the anti-SUV crusade. He and wife Valerie "spent Sunday delivering meals in their SUV to people dying of AIDS for the group Food and Friends.... 'I figured I needed to start doing what Scripture tells me to do, which is help people in need. Where would America be without SUVs in this mess?'"

The February 18th Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun

Daily newspaper published in Baltimore, Md., U.S. It was begun as a four-page penny tabloid in 1837 by Arunah Shepherdson Abell, a journeyman printer from Rhode Island.
 reported additional SUV rescue efforts. Staff writer Scott Shane's account began: "A half-dozen shiny big SUVs were lined up outside [Maryland's] St. Joseph Medical Center St. Joseph Medical Center may refer to:

In the United States:
  • St. Joseph Medical Center — Burbank, California
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center — Bloomington, Illinois
  • St. Joseph Medical Center — Towson, Maryland
  • St.
 yesterday morning, their volunteer drivers proving to the world that they are nothing like the arrogant, self-centered, fuel-squandering ignoramuses of stereotype."

Jeff Hegberg of Parkville and Jack Fowler, a neighbor who served as navigator, "drove till after 10 p.m., stopping under bridges to scrape ice off windshield wipers
For the town in Belgium which was called 'Wipers' by British soldiers during World War One, See Ypres.

The Wipers were a punk rock group formed in Portland, Oregon in 1977 by guitarist Greg Sage, drummer Sam Henry and bassist Dave Koupal.
, picking up and dropping off workers from downtown Baltimore Downtown Baltimore is the section of Baltimore traditionally bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the west, Mt. Royal Avenue to the north, President Street to the east and the Inner Harbor area to the south.  to Stewartstown, Pa., and points between." Hegberg told Shane, "I actually enjoy doing it. It's the only way I can get out and play in the snow and not get in trouble with my wife."

A staffer at the University of Maryland University of Maryland can refer to:
  • University of Maryland, College Park, a research-extensive and flagship university; when the term "University of Maryland" is used without any qualification, it generally refers to this school
 Medical Center utilized his SUV to assure that he and other associates did not miss their hospital duties. Dr. Alan Jones, chief of trauma orthopedics at the medical center, "loaded his Ford Expedition with colleagues early yesterday, collecting Dr. Brian J. Browne, head of emergency medicine, in Green Spring Valley; a critical-care nurse in Cockeysville; and an anesthesiologist Anesthesiologist
A medical specialist who administers an anesthetic to a patient before he is treated.

Mentioned in: Anesthesia, General, Appendectomy, Parathyroidectomy

 in Stoneleigh."

In another instance reported by the Sun, Charles DeBaufre used his Dodge pickup to enable the wife of a 94-year-old man who was near death at St. Joseph's to be with him during his last minutes. She had implored hospital workers to keep her husband alive until she arrived. "It feels pretty good to be able to do that," DeBaufre told the Sun.

And, finally, database analyst Mark Lundin "made his first pickup for St. Joseph at 5:30 a.m. in Oliver Beach in Eastern Baltimore County and burned a tank of gasoline ferrying workers for most of the day in his red Nissan Xterra. He found two service stations out of gas because trucks couldn't deliver." When even Lundin's SUV became stuck on two occasions, he simply "dug the Xterra out," then "drove on to collect the next hospital worker who was depending on him."

The vital assistance rendered by these and other SUV volunteers during the Great Storm of '03 stands as a potent antidote for venomous venomous

secreting poison; poisonous.
 anti-SUV propaganda.
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Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 7, 2003
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