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letters 10/30

October 30, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/30



Nipps delivers



To the editor:

With all the recent political focus centering on the national campaign, it is nice to read about local issues. The Herald-Mail has devoted ample space and time to addressing the issues surrounding the election of our Board of Education (BOE). It has been enlightening and helpful for those of us interested in understanding where the BOE candidates stand. However, as in most cases, when a candidate has the opportunity to declare his or her position on various issues, what is lacking is the answer to the question: Will he/she come through when it really counts?

To that end, this letter is sent in support of Doris Nipps, a current board member with whom I have had contact. Nipps has "come through" and "followed through" when approached about issues that have concerned me. She has taken my calls, she has made inquiries on my behalf, and, in the long run, has worked on behalf of all the children in our school district.

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It's easy for candidates to tell us what they will do, what money they want to spend (even when they don't have it), and how they plan to find that perfect world of education. As I have interacted with Nipps, it has become clear to me that she understands the realities and constraints of the educational system in Hagerstown. She's not afraid to fight when necessary, and she isn't afraid to tell the public what the realities are. Nipps focuses on goals, monitors those goals and keeps her eye on what needs to be accomplished. Her understanding of the budget, its process and how to maximize the resources stems from her early work on the board's Budget and Advocacy Committee, an independent citizen advisory group whose mission is to provide the board with recommendations pertaining to budget issues. It is this type of knowledge and dedication that will bring about continued improvement in our educational system. This is what we need in the members of our Board of Education.

Promises are nice. Delivery is better. In my mind, Nipps knows how to deliver.

Jeanne Hugg

Hagerstown




Ober, Wagner for school board



To the editor:

The sad truth is that many of us parents know more about the school lunch menu than we do about the Washington County School Board candidates. In the remaining days before the November 7 election, let's take a few minutes to change that.

Talk with friends and neighbors. Read the newspaper. Go to a school board meeting. Read campaign literature or call the candidates personally. None of us have a right to complain about the perceived shortcomings of our schools if we don't bother to make an informed school board vote.

It really does matter who we elect to the school board. These men and women make decisions about which programs get funded, how scarce resources are allocated, how many kids get crammed into a classroom, and many other important issues. We need to make sure we elect sharp, creative thinkers to tackle these and other important issues.

That's why Roxanne Ober and Bernadette Wagner deserve everyone's vote as they run for two of the four contested school board seats. Ober and Wagner visited every single Washington County public school and talked with principals and teachers to prepare for this election - something no other candidate has ever done. Ober is a budget and finance professional; Wagner is an educator. They have eight kids between them in the school system. And fortunately for the rest of us, they are willing to take on this challenging civic responsibility.

Remember to vote for Roxanne Ober and Bernadette Wagner for the Washington County School board - and know you've done something wonderful for your child.

Susan Reed

Hagerstown

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