Advertisement

letters 2/5

February 05, 2001

Letters to the Editor 2/5



GOP stole power; we want our country back



To the editor:

We went to the inauguration parade. We were there to take a strong stand for honesty, for love of country, for the future of our children and all the children of the world. We did not wear signs or posters.

There were many people that went to show our distrust of this new administration. This administration started out by stealing their way in. They lied their way in. They stole the credibility of the Supreme Court.

They stole our vote. They are a black eye to the American dream of freedom and fairness. Many of us who went to this protest came home with a vow. We vowed to our families and our children that we will take a stronger stand on all future elections. We will go out and encourage people to vote. This is our challenge. We need our country back.

Advertisement

Rosie Singer

Hagerstown

A reluctant O for effort



To the editor:

Jack Ebersole took issue with some comments in a recent letter of mine discussing the grading system used in Washington County schools at the secondary level.

He stated that "it is factually incorrect" that effort grades were never implemented. I had stated that the system that was initially proposed, using A, B, C, etc. to denote effort was never implemented. That is accurate, and I stand by that statement.

That system was never used. O, A and E were used instead. There is a big difference between outstanding and average; "pretty good" comes to mind, the equivalent of a "B".

His second rebuttal has to do with the selection of a Valedictorian. His claim that I am incorrect "to imply that percentages work better in determining who is Valedictorian" is a strange claim indeed. To support his theory that I am wrong in that assumption, he states that North High abandons the percentages and converts to letter grades to determine the Valediction.

How can one logically fault percentages for failing to select a Valedictorian accurately, when percentages at North High are apparently not used and letter grades are? Rather odd rebuttal.

Thirdly, claims bersole, "Boyer seems unaware of previous Board policy in recommending a floor of 40 to 50 percent." I am not unaware of that fact; but I am aware that they no longer implement that policy and my suggestion of using a floor simply implied maybe they should.

He is dead right when he says that such a floor "gives a student misinformation" in that the student may have only earned a 20 percent. I would submit, however, that it is no less accurate information than an "F", since that letter grade does not spell out whether the student understood 20, or 30 or 50 percent of the work either.

As to his rather tortured paragraph comparing the biblical admonition "thou shalt not kill" to the Maryland Annotated Code governing homicide with his conclusion that the former is clearer than the latter, I wondered if he has considered the specificity of killing someone who is attempting to kill you as in "self-defense"?

All things considered, I give Ebersole an "A" for effort . . . or maybe he would rather have an "O".

Nancy Boyer

Hagerstown

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|