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Letters to the Editor 12/22

December 21, 2000

Letters to the Editor 12/22



Blazer comments hit the mark



To the editor:

Lisa Andrews is to be commended for her well-written and well-reasoned letter regarding the Blazer mascot of Clear Spring High School. Readers may recall that some Board of Education official has decreed that the official Blazer, an 18th-century frontiersman, may not be portrayed with the one thing he would never be without: his musket.

This is the same policy which prevented Smithsburg High School students from using wooden tommy guns in their production of "Sugar" last spring. It is time for the newly elected Board of Education members to root out the politically correct Orwellians from Commonwealth Avenue who not only attempt to corrupt the history of the frontier, but also insist that their decision not be discussed.

The argument of the Education Overlords is that the mere image of a firearm will trigger (pardon the pun) some latent lunacy in a Washington County student and we will have a shooting on our hands.

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I recently witnessed a student carrying an actual rifle down the halls of Smithsburg High School, yet not one student - or faculty member - was inspired to run home, arm himself or herself, and then return to commit mayhem. This was, of course, a rifle used in the band front, which, in defiance of their own reasoning, is allowed in school.

One thing is certain: Whoever sets this "policy" is either an admirer of Big Brother or a monkey with a Magic 8-Ball. I urge the new configured Board of Education to institute an intelligent policy regarding firearms that will include classroom demonstration and education concerning historic arms as specifically provided for by Maryland law. The Board should also rearm Clear Spring's Blazer.

Austin Gisriel

Williamsport




Literacy in the prisons



To the editor:

I really appreciate your publishing Doug Arey's letter Nov. 26, which highlighted Marion Chalfont's volunteer efforts with the Laubach Literacy Program at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown. She is a highly dedicated and skilled volunteer which is why I nominated her for the MACE award last spring.

As a member of the Community Correctional Services Committee, I want to make the point that the fine volunteer programs that we have at MCIH are so successful because of the support they receive from the prison administration and employees there. We are very fortunate that Case Manager Victor Wachs and Officer Sheldon Greene organize and support the Laubach program and make volunteer work with the program.

I'd especially like to thank Warden Waters for supporting Laubach and all the other self-help and educational programs that provide opportunities for learning and growth.

Nancy Hutchins

Sharpsburg




Remember the folks



To the editor:

Kids remember Mom and Dad at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I haven't had a Mom and Dad for many years.

And I've spent many Thanksgivings and Christmas's alone.

And I ask myself why do I deserve this? What have I done?

Just remember, they're still your Mom and Dad.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown

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