Letters to the Editor

November 18, 1997

Letters to the Editor

Team serves students and business

To the editor:

Remember what it was like to sit through a high school algebra and physics class and wonder how the lesson related to real life? Well, learning is changing.

Today, educators, parents and business leaders in Washington County are coming together to build an educational system that will provide students an opportunity to apply what they learn in school to real-life work experiences.

This system is called School to Careers or Career Connections. It provides an opportunity for all students to be better prepared for academic success and the career of their choice, and it requires high academic standards for all students.


Over 25 business people recently joined with secondary and post secondary educators in Washington County to form the Washington County Career Connections Team (WCCCT).

We are committed to working together for the common goal of preparing students for life in a technological society. We recognize new and emerging technologies continually change our professional and personal lives. We recognize Americans need academic and technical knowledge and employability skills - communication, problem solving and team working, to be prepared to work successfully in the global marketplace.

At our recent organizational meeting, we signed a Declaration of Support for implementing Career Connections in Washington County.

We believe that Career Connections will ensure that all students will have the opportunity to graduate from high school focused on a career pathway that leads to further education and employment; that Career Connections ensures employers will have a well prepared work force with the necessary academic, technical, and employability skills to meet their future needs. The Career Connections team seeks participation and support from business, industry, labor, students, educators and parents to ensure success.

Ellen Gercke



Missing a ring?

To the editor:

In 1969 my son had a job at Centerport Beach in Huntington N.Y. He had recently finished four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. On the beach he found a 1969 graduation ring from North Hagerstown High School. It had a red stone and the initials inside were "ECG." By its size it seems to be a lady's ring. The ring has been lying in my china closet since 1969. Now I am hoping to find the owner.

I have made numerous calls to North Hagerstown High School, trying to find the owner. Of course, after 28 years it is not easy. The school seems unable to find any records of past graduates. In 28 years many changes have taken place.

Perhaps one our readers will know of someone (probably but not necessarily) female - a graduate of 1969 or 1970 who lost a class ring in Huntington.

I was born on a farm near Roconoke City, Md., on Nov. 25, 1916. It would be a great birthday present for me if I could locate the owner.

Henry Griffin

Huntington, N.Y


Segregate HIV victims

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the recent thank you letter concerning the volunteer help at the fuzzy, feel-good walk for AIDS awareness at one of our state prisons.

I have spoken to one of those officers that was mentioned by name in that letter. He told me that the bulk of those names were not there on a "volunteer status." Many of the staff members were assigned to those duties that day and a refusal to participate could bring penalties to the staff members, up to and including being fired.

Many of those staff members are now suffering ridicule from others, because of convicted felons' implication that they would participate in such a sham. The fact of the matter is that we will never stop the spread of HIV by hugging, sewing quilts, or having functions like walk-a-thons. The cold hard fact is that in order to stop the spread of this always-fatal condition we must separate those infected from those not infected.

The lesson from the recent case in upstate New York, where an infected person has infected scores of young people, should be an example to convince any rational person. That was the effective solution in biblical times, and it's the only way we can stop the spread now. I'm not saying that we won't cure it some day, but why should we put ourselves and our children in harm's way until then? Also keep in mind that it is a virus and we have never been able to medically combat a virus.

Perhaps you feel that what I have said is heartless. Ask the parents of those scores of newly infected children in New York and I'll bet that most now wish that no one with HIV would have been allowed to roam free and intentionally give a horrible and lingering death to their children.

Charles Allen


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