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Letters to the Editor 10/25

October 24, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/25



Music was better in my day



To the editor:

I would like to comment about the music that was played on the radio station WWMD. That radio station truly was a good number (104.7) on the dial that gave us "easy listening" music.

I appreciated it because most of it was instrumental. I didn't have to listen to some screaming microphone swallower. The easy listening music was just as it implied - easy to listen to.

Now let's take for example the noise maker - those boom boxes that violate the meaning of true musical tone and quality.

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The general effect of that sound is nothing more than noise.

The so-called country music of today is in no way compared to the music that was played and sung in years past by those who knew how true country music should be played. Those were the sounds and voices that were melodious and harmonious and was appropriately combined to the sound of skillfully tuned instruments that provided a musical arrangement that was truly "easy listening." Those performances are nearly non-existent today.

Whenever a singer of today's generation tries to render a song that was once "easy listening" it is so badly obscured, greatly reduced in quality and could possibly be considered an offense of dignity.

Arthur P. Keifer

Boonsboro




Show respect for Clear Spring



To the editor:

A comment was made Oct. 14 at a Goretti-Clear Spring soccer game on Goretti's home field. My father, husband and others including myself overheard a statement made by a person working at the food table behind us.

The statement was made to several other people, the statement being "Clear Spring is a low-life high school." Was he saying the school, the students, the faculty and teachers are nothing but low-life because we are a public school and not a Catholic or private school?

I am Catholic and I don't find myself any better than any other person, school, area or religion. This person ruined my day. There are some great people in Clear Spring. It is surely a bad day when a Goretti person decides that Clear Spring is low-life. This person knows who he is. I think he owes Clear Spring High an apology and I think he needs a very serious attitude adjustment.

Lois Smith

Hagerstown




Helmet law saves more than lives



To the editor:

I am disappointed in the view of The Herald-Mail on the motorcycle helmet law. There are times when those opposing a rule or law do not understand or care about the consequences of their desires.

An insurance policy to pay for additional medical costs resulting from serious accidents is only the tip of the iceberg. Consider the ambulance personnel who respond to the accident. Are they, in fact, being spread too thin? Is there another call waiting while they are responding to the motorcyclist? What about the emergency room personnel? While the doctors and nurses are in the trauma room caring for the head-injured cyclist, they could well be utilizing their time caring for those who are victims of accidents or diseases that are not self-destructive.

Consider the drain on the blood bank, radiology department, lab, intensive care unit and progressive care unit. These are precious resources that are frequently being utilized to the maximum without the addition of those persons who desire the wind in their hair. Employers lose the services of the "victim" of serious cycle accidents.

Families of those who survive serious head injuries lose time from work anguishing over the welfare of the hospitalized patient. I have watched, first hand, these people walking the halls outside ICU waiting for news of their loved one.

I would hope that The Herald-Mail will reconsider its stand on this important matter. The effects of helmetless riding are irresponsible and reach far beyond the dollars to pay for care.

Barbara Caton-Miles, R.N

Big Pool




Promote the vote



To the editor:

My name is Susan Kelly and I go to Maugansville Elementary. I think that it is very important to vote, especially for kids. Kids should vote because it gives them an idea of how they are supposed to vote when they become adults.

I also think that it is important because when children want to vote, they will bother their parents to bring them to the voting polls. The parents, seeing all of the children voting, are then also encouraged to vote. Last, but not least, I think that Kids Voting is important because children should know and learn what is going on in the world around them.

These are my ideas and thoughts on voting. I hope you share my opinions on this subject, and I hope that you will help me to encourage children and their parents to vote.

Susan Kelly

Fifth Grader

Maugansville Elementary

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