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Letters to the Editor 12/28

December 27, 2000

Letters to the Editor 12/28



Kids are up too early



To the editor:

I am writing in great concern for our middle school children. My son started middle school this year in Washington County public school. These poor kids, barely 11 years old, are expected to complete mounds of homework which some nights have lasted 'til well past midnight, then get back up and get ready for school again the next morning at 6 a.m.

My 11-year-old child has to set his alarm for 6 a.m. every morning if he is to catch his bus at 7 a.m. By the way, it is still dark when his bus picks him up. Whose bright idea was it to think that our very young children should be up and on a bus before most adults are waking up for work?

Why are we expecting so much out of these very young children? I can speak for my child and many other parents who I have talked to that feel the same way. My son is so tired all the time, failing school because it's becoming too much for him to deal with all the long hours of work and no sleep.

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These schools are expecting more out of these children than most employers expect out of adults! And I also believe that it is very very unsafe that these young children have to be standing out for buses in the dark and some are walking to school before daylight. It is absurd! We allow our high school kids - 15, 16 and 18 years old - to be at school 15 minutes til 9 a.m., but expect our 10-11 year olds to give more than most adults. My son averages six hours of sleep a night and he has to do this for the next three years?

How much can our middle-school kids be asked to take? I'm a very concerned parent of a very tired sixth grader.

Shantell Setters

Hagerstown




Why the pay hike?



To the editor:

Current actions by the Washington County Board of Education should cause concern by all citizens. Recently Donna Messina, public relations officer, left the board of education to accept employment with the City of Hagerstown.

When Messina left the board of education she was being paid approximately $36,000 per year. The board has advertised her position and has listed a salary range of $56,046 to $73,128.

I find it difficult to understand how the duties have changed in a way that calls for this large increase in salary.

I believe there is a possibility the posting of this vacancy should re-occur.

Meredith Fouche

Rohrersville




Sour grapes



To the editor:

This is response to Vernon K. Williams' letter of Dec 10. "Sour grapes" is all I can read into your letter. You say that you are back in prison for a "technical" parole violation. The only thing I can say to you sir, is that it seems that you had a chance to avoid the predicament that you're in by keeping your nose clean on the street. If you had followed what was asked of you, no matter how trivial you felt it was, and you would not have been writing your letter.

Anyone who has read any of my previous letters knows my stance on taxes; I hate them. But if my tax money goes to keep you in jail, so be it.

You had your chance and blew it, and I am willing to bet that if (big if) they give you another chance, you will not choose behavior that will land you back in MCI-H. Time on the street is only "served" when and if you abide by the terms of your probation. If not, you lose it, as you found out. You would do better by preaching to your fellow inmates the importance of good behavior on the street, than crying to the public your song of injustice, for that is a drumbeat that will not be heard.

Daniel Trey

Thurmont, Md.

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