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letters 11/9

November 09, 1999

Stadium project is a 'must do'

To the editor:

I am writing in support of a new sports stadium for our community. I feel that this project is a "must do" for Hagerstown. The loss of our baseball team will only demonstrate to the outside world that Hagerstown is a second-rate community.

We need this project to be able to market ourselves to businesses looking for a viable place to settle. The recent feasibility study showed that this project is doable. Similar communities with new stadiums have all been successful, i.e. Salisbury and Frederick, Maryland; Ashville, North Carolina; Erie, Pennsylvania; and many more. Our community needs to find ways to do things, not reasons why they can't be done, which is, unfortunately, the prevalent attitude at this time.

William G. Plavcan, M.D.

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Washington County Health Systems, Inc.

A good week to go to school

To the editor:

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November 14-20 will mark the 78th annual observance of American Education Week - a time for saluting our public schools and the people who work in them.

This year's celebration is part of a long tradition that began back in 1921. Distressed that 25 percent of draftees in World War I were illiterate, and that schooling for most youngsters ended at eighth grade, the National Education Association and the American Legion created American Education Week to rally support for quality public education.

The theme of this year's celebration - "Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow" - reflects the fact that today's schools do more than teach basic skills. They nurture and inspire children. They help shape young minds and equip them with a range of skills for leadership in the 21st century.

Visit your nearest public school during American Education Week and see today's educators in action. But remember that public education is a public enterprise. Parents, businesses, churches, civic groups, retirees - everyone can lend a hand. It doesn't matter whether you have children of your own in school. Your time and your talents are needed!

American Education Week is also a perfect time to say "thank you" to those special teachers you remember from your own schools days. Via note, phone call, or visit, let them know they made a difference in your life.

A little gesture can go a long way.

Sharon R. Chirgott

President, WCEA

Hagerstown

People missed the 'ghost' point

To the editor:

I am writing in regard to the article printed about the Williamsport High School color guard. The fact that people were offended that we painted our faces black blows my mind.

We paint our faces so that we would look mysterious to our audience, not to disgrace anyone. Our job as the color guard is to express the emotion that the band is playing musically with our flags. That also includes our dress and makeup. The theme "ghost train" is not supposed to be happy and cheerful. It is supposed to be dark and heavy - hint: the name "ghost train." And to the alumnis who is ashamed to have been a member of this band, it is more like we are embarrased to have a supporter such as yourself.

If you had attended at least one of our shows you would have realized that we have always painted our faces black. You would have noticed how it creates the mood of the show. We have been working on this field show since last April. That is a lot of time and effort to have a few people talk so poorly of our show. We are ranked among the best on the East Coast and are ranked second in the state of Maryland. Some people just do not have the creativity and imagination needed to understand our show.

Danielle Perini

Senior member of the color guard

Williamsport

Guardian angels, step forward

To the editor:

Will the two "Guardian Angels" who saved a couple from a very nearly fatal auto accident, on Friday evening, Oct. 8, 1999, about 7:30 p.m., off of Dual Highway, please leave your name and phone number with the editor of this page? You and your wife were on your way to "House of Kobe" for dinner. We apologize for making you late.

We shall be eternally grateful to you for saving our lives.

Robert Shestack

Hagerstown

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