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Letters to the Editor 4/21

April 21, 2000

Walk worked

To the editor:

A big thank you to Lowe's and Martin's on Wesel Boulevard for sponsoring me in the MS 10K Walk at Antietam Battlefield held on Saturday, April 8. I also want to say thank you to Old Orchard Liquor on Virginia Avenue for their support. I especially want to thank Joe Moran at Crazy Horse Steakhouse for his generous donation.

This was my first walk for MS and it was most gratifying and inspirational. If everyone would give this worthwhile activity a try one time, I believe they, as well as those who have been diagnosed with MS, would benefit from the experience.

I hope to participate in future walks and look forward to continued support from the local business community.

Marla Walch

Hagerstown

County must pay for good teachers

To the editor:

On Monday, March 20, I read a very interesting article about Rob Hovermale and his talents and success with recent song contests. The article was very well written and Bruce Hamilton deserves a compliment for the content.

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There was however, one omission that I thought that everyone should know. The article indicated that Rob was a Band Director/Teacher at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, but it did not indicate just how dedicated a teacher Rob really is.

Rob not only loves music, but his passion is also teaching music and sharing his talents with his students. Rob is one of the many teachers who always put forth 110 percent for their students and the results show.

How do I know this? I have had the pleasure to be associated with Rob in the band Spectrum for the past seven years. I have seen first hand just how much time Rob devotes to his students. He spends late evenings, weekends, all to help his students be their best. All of them admire and respect Rob.

This leads me on to another topic. Rob is one of many dedicated teachers who work countless hours teaching their students. Over the past 10 years, we have watched the county funding to our Board of Education decrease from 59 percent to 51 percent, while our county wealth has grown.

Rob and teachers like him are becoming a scarce commodity. Why ? They can simply go to neighboring counties and states for up to $ 8,000 more annually.

Why teach in Washington County? For our children's future and the future of our county, we must be able to attract and retain good teachers like Rob. We must be competitive in wages and benefits. The highest percentage of the educational dollar spent is teacher salaries, so we must encourage our County Commissioners to fully fund our budget.

Please contact the commissioners now and let them know that we have provided them with the accountability, long term plans, improved test scores and a school system heading in the right direction.

We have met all of the commissioner's demands/requests, now it is their turn to live up to their part of the bargain and fully fund our school budget !

I encourage everyone to attend the County Commissioners' hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m., Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theatre, and voice your opinion. Remember that many of these commissioners were elected on the platform of support for education. Now, let's see if they live up to their commitments.

Stephen L. Hummel

Hagerstown

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