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Letters to the Editor 1/10

January 11, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/10



Christians have skeletons too



To the editor:

I am always amused by the letters from your readers who claim that only a return to God will save this country. How far back should we travel to go back to God? Long before that "lady who caused prayer to be removed from school," we had such stalwart citizens who kept and tortured slaves and tore their families apart.

Then there were the three good Christians who found it necessary to bomb a church in Alabama, killing four young girls, to make known their Christian feeling against blacks. What of the K.K.K. members carrying a cross who ambushed, murdered and buried three young men who had come to help Southern blacks to register to vote? We also have the Lynchburg preacher who blamed atheists and gays for the September atrocities. So much for charity.

In his letter, Philip Snider accuses "other religions and gays" of producing 1) pornography: (have we forgotten Pastor Jimmy Swaggart seeking the comfort of prostitutes after church?) 2) Murder: (Medgar Evers was slain in his driveway by Christians who opposed his fight for voting rights for his people). 3) Extortion: (remember Jim and Tammy Bakker, good Christians making millions by lying to their followers?). 4) Slavery: (the great Southern plantations flourished because hymn-singing owners saw nothing wrong in subjugating other men). 5) Illegal drugs: (I doubt our jails are filled with non-Christian addicts and that Betty Ford, Elizabeth Taylor or Elvis are members of those "other religions"). 6) Alcoholism: (How many Hollywood stars, sports heroes or Joe Citizens are arrested for D.U.I.? Do they all belong to synagogues, mosques or temples?).

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Stop flying the Christian banner as being the only means to salvation. Humanism has said it for centuries: Man has free will. Only he can make choices be it for good or bad. He should not have to use a crutch to lean on other than the Ten Commandments.

Mrs. Harold H. Jacobs
Hagerstown




Administrative leave? Hardly



To the editor:

I have read with interest two recent letters by school administrators defending the generous salaries of local school officials. I suspect that the superintendent has sent out marching orders for a letter-writing campaign to justify this exorbitant pay scale.

The fact is that it cannot be justified. The tired argument that we must keep up with our neighbors' pay scale or lose administrators is a humbug. An example is the second letter writer himself. My understanding is that Robert Brown, "Supervisor of Statistical Assessment and Testing," whose letter appeared on Dec. 27, taught in Frederick County before coming here to Washington County and becoming an administrator.

Isn't administrative traffic supposed to flow in the other direction?

If administrators find Frederick or Howard counties' pastures greener, then let them go; let them uproot their families and endure the higher cost of living and the congestion that exist in those counties. Let our "Supervisor of Statistical Assessment" present some statistics that show how many administrators actually left Washington County, and offer an assessment as to the reason why.

The fact is that we will never have a shortage of administration candidates in Washington County. What does salary matter when you would sell out for a big desk and a nameplate? This school system, like many private companies and other government agencies, is awash in people who live to be part of "management."

Too many school administrators are overpaid. Frankly, there are too many school administrators. If they want to leave, let them. As anyone who works for the school system can tell you, their replacements could not be less dynamic and more obtuse than the current flock.

Kurt Britner
Williamsport

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