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Letters to the Editor 12/19

December 27, 2001

Letters to the Editor 12/19



This bill only stimulates the rich



To the editor:

The Senate has been charged by President Bush with putting an economic stimulus package on his desk before the end of the month.

The House of Representatives already passed a laundry list of new tax breaks, two-thirds of which would go to large corporations, particularly energy corporations. Forty-one percent of the money would go to the best-off 1 percent of our population - an average tax cut of $27,000 next year. The worst feature is the repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax, put in place to make sure the corporations at least paid something in taxes. Because of this proposed repeal, all of the taxes paid by these corporations during the past 15 years would be reimbursed to them.

Call your senators to say no to this non-stimulus bill.

There is still time for senators to pass a descent stimulus bill that will help the 700,000 people who lost their jobs last month and those already unemployed as a result of the current recession.

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Isaiah 25:4 urges our leaders to provide a "refuge to the poor, a strength to the needy in distress, a shelter from the rainstorm or a shade from the heat."

We need an economic stimulus package that will provide a refuge for the poor and the average worker in this society, not just a tax shelter for the rich. Some ordinary workers lost their lives and others lost their jobs in huge numbers over the last two months. We need to respond.

Mary E. Butts
Chambersburg, Pa.




Too much homework



To the editor:

I write this letter out of great concern for our children in elementary school. The reason for my concern is the amount of homework these children are being assigned and expected to do - as much as two to three hours a night. I wanted to bring this to the attention of Washington County parents. Surely there are those of you out there who feel the way I do.

These children do not have a chance to be children thanks to the school system and the excessive amount of homework being assigned.

I have tried to go through proper channels to address this and have been doing so. This school year starts my third year. The first year I tried to address this with teachers. The second year I worked with the assistant superintendent with the county board of education.

All of this has gotten me a lot of promises but no resolution. The assistant superintendent had sent me an e-mail regarding a conference she went to which states homework in elementary/middles school is of no use and of little use in high school.

This year I have tried to address this with the state superintendent; she has not bothered to answer me. I even called my state delegate who tried for a month to contact both the assistant superintendent and state superintendent.

The assistant superintendent never returned the calls. The office of the state superintendent was to call me, but has yet to do so. They have no fear of repercussions, even from our own delegate. Yet this excessive amount of homework continues. This has left me with no faith in our school/government system.

This is just a very limited list of what I have done. To list more detail would be too extensive for this format.

The board even has a policy that states homework should never be used as punishment or be "excessive." In my opinion and in the opinion of others I have spoken to, this amount of homework is excessive and can only lead to stress in our children.

It makes me wonder if the violence and drug use is not a result, in part, to the stress involved with this excessive homework.

It is up to parents to stand together to get this resolved and let our county school system know that we will not stand to be ignored.

Wendy Mumma
Hagerstown

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