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Letters to the Editor 5/27

May 26, 2000

Lively event

To the editor:

All fourth graders in the county went to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on April 27. What I liked the best about the Maryland Symphony was the percussion.

I liked percussion because I liked the sound of the xylophone, chimes and all the drums. Citibank sponsored the orchestra concert. I think mostly every kid liked the orchestra. Thank you, Citibank, for the experience of hearing a live symphony orchestra.

Justin B. Smith

Hagerstown

Awesome concert

To the editor:

My name is Garrett J. Jessop. I go to Old Forge School. I am 9 years old. I think the symphony concert was awesome. My favorite group of instruments is the percussion group. All fourth graders in the county came to the concert. The concert was on April 27, 2000. Citicorp sponsored us because they wanted us to learn something.

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Garrett Jessop

Hagerstown

Pass amendment against sports

To the editor:

The following is an open letter to the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to ask them to petition the legislature to amend the Constitution of the State of Maryland to erect a wall of separation between sports and the state.

The present action going on in Washington County clearly indicates the need for such an amendment. The state, if it approves spending $6 million ($10 million or more when finally paid), the city of Hagerstown with over $5 million dollars and the County Commissioners with over $5 million dollars are, against what they know are the wishes of the majority of taxpayers, committing more than $20 million taxpayer dollars to support one sport - baseball.

Not one penny of the increased hotel/motel tax will go to improve the facilities of other sports activities such as Hagerstown Speedway or the Mason-Dixon Dragway both of which draw far more fans and bring far more revenue into the county than does baseball. It is grossly unfair to make all sports fans support baseball with the tax they will have to pay when they stay in local hotels and motels.

If an amendment prohibiting the use of tax dollars to promote any and all sports is not possible, at least there ought to be some legislation in place to obligate legislators to support all sports by using some formula based on, say, paid attendance.

Edward L. James

Hancock

A good sound

To the editor:

I just went to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert at the Maryland Theater. It was performed on Thursday, May 27. I would like to give special thanks to Citicorp for giving all of the fourth grade classes in Washington County the opportunity to hear the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

It was the first time I ever went to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra perform and I really enjoyed it! Also I would like to thank the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for taking their time to perform for us. My favorite instrument was the violin because I like the sound it makes and also because I play it!

Michael A. Baer

Hagerstown

Health workers to the rescue

To the editor:

I wish to thank the Boonsboro Rescue/Ambulance and the Washington County Hospital staff for the excellent care I received during my recent illness.

You see, during my 70 plus years, this was the first time I had ever been seen by a doctor, much less being a patient in the hospital. I had been sick for a couple of years and for some reason, was afraid to go to a doctor. Originally, I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, in very critical condition, and over a period of three weeks, I was moved from E.R. to 3rd, 8th and 7th floors until I was able to come home. All the staff was gentle and caring and made me feel at ease.

Thank you to everyone connected with my care. I am now receiving excellent care from Home Health Care, and recovering quite well and I feel wonderful.

Again, my thanks and appreciation for the splendid care and all the prayers, as I know this was all through the work of God's hand.

Mildred L. Harding

Brownsville

Citicorp's gift

To the editor:

I think Citicorp deserves a lot of credit for sponsoring the trip to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert for all 4th graders in the area. I'm a fourth grader at Old Forge School and appreciate Citicorp's gift. I think all fourth graders should have the opportunity I had. Thanks, Citicorp.

Robert Lee Wolfe III

Hagerstown

World War II vets truly were greatest American generation

To the editor:

In 1984, Tom Brokaw, well- known news analyst and broadcaster, was sent to Normandy to prepare a special program for the 40th anniversary of D-Day. Little did he expect that the moments spent on Omaha Beach and among the hedgerows of Normandy would change his life. For Tom, it was almost a mystical experience as he walked the sands of Omaha with the original cast of D-Day. He experienced the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he said, "This generation has a rendezvous with destiny."

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