Letters to the Editor 8/3

August 02, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/3

Our boys played hard

To the editor:

It's all over now but the memories, and again it didn't end the way we had hoped. For the second year in a row, the Conococheague Little League 11 and 12 year-old all-star team finished second in the district.

Hats off and congratulations to South Mountain for winning both district championships this year. Way to go.

Good luck in the states, South Mountain. I know you will represent District One very nicely.

Now, back to the boys from Williamsport. You guys should be very proud of the way you played in this tournament. You gave it everything you had and never gave up. It's tough when you lose that first game, to battle all the way back to the championship game. You guys played some good baseball and beat a couple of real good teams.

Every player on that team should hold his head up high and be proud of himself. You played hard and with a lot of heart. You did Conococheague proud, boys. Please don't let anybody tell you any different. You guys know better. Believe me, we are very proud of you guys.


As for the coach who told these young men differently, you really should be ashamed of yourself. There are things that are a lot more important than winning. You need to take a look at yourself in the mirror. Your bitter and harsh comments were uncalled for and unnecessary.

These are 11 and 12 year old boys playing baseball. It's about having fun and learning how to play the game.

I've said enough. I just wanted the guys on this team know how great they did and how proud we are of them.

David W. Hines Sr.


Why all the green netting?

To the editor:

Could anyone who traverses Interstates 70 and 68 in Maryland tell me what is going on which accounts for all the lane changes and construction?

To my uninstructed eye it appears that green mesh alongside a trench is being stretched over the outer portions of the median strip. I can discern no useful purpose for this.

I can't believe a conservative locality such as Western Maryland ( and I use "conservative" in the best sense of the word) would let such an unusual expenditure of tax funds go unnoticed. Even assuming the traditional bipartisan indulgence of gold plating the freeways this task strikes me as comically wasteful.

As a resident of Baltimore City I notice that transportation expenditures in the metro area generally are a convenient whipping boy for your Western Maryland legislators and the parking lots which Martin O'Malley subsidizes and seems to be the entire raison d'etre of his administration makes me inclined to concede unwillingly that they have a point. But I would think that two 140 mile strips of nylon would be subject to the same standard of cost effectiveness.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr.

Baltimore, Md.

Notify parents

To the editor:

I still find it upsetting to know that my child, after riding the school bus to Charles Town Middle/Junior High School on June 8, was allowed to leave school property without parental knowledge. Superintendent David Markoe has acknowledged that it was "unwise and unfortunate" that some ninth graders "were allowed" to do just that.

He feels that Principal Larry Mullin's letter to parents in which Mullin apologized for any concern parents felt for not being notified of the change to the school schedule was "appropriate and adequate." Markoe feels confident a situation such as this will not occur again.

I hope he is right, and I hope a policy is enforced wherein any changes in school schedule must be in writing to parents. I think it is a shame that the ninth graders, for whatever reason, weren't able to say their good-byes to staff and students at CTMJHS since next year they move on to the high school.

Bonnie J. Kerns

Charles Town, W.Va.

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