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Letters to the Editor

January 15, 1998

Letters to the Editor

One study plan, two results

To the editor:

My congratulations to Hancock Middle/Senior High School for being named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

However, the description of the criteria used to determine the winners brought a question to mind.

Recently, the group hired by the Washington County Board of Education to evaluate the system supposedly found significant problems and shortcomings with the county curriculum. Yet, one of the major areas evaluated for the Blue Ribbon of Excellence award was the school's curriculum, which is the county's curriculum.

How can two prestigious groups evaluate the same curriculum and come up with totally different results?

Jacqueline B. Fischer

Clear Spring

Full-time job

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To the editor:

After reading Julie Green's article about my husband in the Saturday, Jan. 10 edition of The Herald-Mail, I felt I needed to respond to a statement that Green made. My husband is the Mayor of Hagerstown, and the article was about his new position with Hagerstown Ford.

The statement I am referring to is "His wife does not work." I consider this statement an insult, and it is entirely untrue. In fact, I have many jobs - teacher, counselor, accountant, housekeeper, chef, chauffeur, coach, nurse, and mediator - to name just a few. My official title is mother, and while I reap no monetary benefits from this position, the rewards of being a full-time mom are priceless.

My husband and I made the decision that I would stay at home with our children because we feel it benefits our family as a whole. We both believe that being a parent is the most important job anyone can have. We also know that in this day and age, it is not possible for all families to have a parent who can stay at home.

We both worked full-time for years, and we know what a struggle it is to raise a family. We applaud those single parents and two-income families that are making it work. We've had to make sacrifices in order for me to stay home, but overall this situation works best for us.

All the stay-at-home moms know we don't always get the respect we deserve. We work hard, and after Green's statement I really felt I needed to take the time to express the fact that my husband and I both know that I (and all full-time moms), do indeed have jobs. After all, we are taking care of our future generation, and what could be more important than that?

Susan Bruchey

Hagerstown

Ice rink director says thanks

To the editor:

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you publicly to all the terrific customers, staff, and board members at the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex.

As I leave the position of interim director of the ice rink in order to pursue an opportunity in the ministry, I take with me fond memories of the wonderful people with whom I've been serving.

Thank you to the board of directors. You have done a terrific job in setting things in order. It seemed that whenever I needed your help, someone from the board was always there to offer a hand. No one will ever know or appreciate all that you good people do to make the rink such a great place.

Thank you to the staff at HISC. Your hard work, professionalism, and dedication in spite of the obstacles will not be overlooked. It was a privilege to work with such a fine group of employees. The sense of humor you displayed made the rink a better place in which to work.

Finally, thank you to the customers of the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex. We know we exist only to serve you, and I hope that during the time I was there we accomplished that goal. You were patient while I learned, tolerant when I failed, and flexible during all the changes.

I believe the changes we made were done to improve the rink so that we might serve you even better in the future. Thank you so much for using the rink. You are appreciated!

I have been spoiled as a manager because I cannot possibly hope to work with or for a better group of people than those associated with the rink. I look forward to visiting in the future and seeing even more progress being made in this wonderful facility.

Michael Griffith

Clear Spring

Prison group gives to charity

To the editor:

I recently visited approximately 30 friends in the Maryland Correctional Institute in Hagerstown. Like many of my previous visits over the past two years, they again donated $600 to the Maryland Sheriffs Youth Ranch to ensure that each of our students was remembered at Christmas. This group of men who really have become friends over the last two years, is officially known as the CAP Jaycees.

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