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Letters to the Editor 1/30

January 31, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/30



Literacy council offers classes



To the editor:

The Literacy Council of Washington County will soon be offering its class to train tutors for teaching adults to read. It is quite astonishing when one comes to realize how many adults in our county and the surrounding areas are unable to read at a functional level, thus limiting their ability to find productive employment or to even find the help that they need for maintaining themselves.

The Literacy Council provides tutor training, free of charge, for any who are willing to work with these adults on a one-to-one basis.

My husband and I took the two-day training course a few months ago, and within a few weeks we were put in contact with two students who wanted to learn to read and to do basic arithmetic.

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Over these past several weeks, we have both felt that we are engaged in some of the most productive and gratifying work we have ever done. Our students (and this is true of most adult learners) are so very eager to learn that teaching is a joyful activity. By working with such students through the Literacy Council you can be assured that you are making a positive contribution to your student, your community and yourself.

The next scheduled training sessions are Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. It is important to attend both days of classes. These basic workshops will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at Lappans. You can get more information and register for this workshop by calling Bill Price at 301-739-4208 between 8:30 a.m. and noon on weekdays except Wednesday, before Jan. 31. I encourage all of you who are seeking a worthwhile and up-lifting project to investigate this great opportunity.

Margie H. Ng
Hagerstown




It's all the Clintons' fault



To the editor:

Think about it:

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1,000, President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, D.C. that are dead now would be alive today.

An interesting question:

This question was raised on a Philly radio call-in show. Without casting stones, it is a legitimate question. There are two men, both extremely wealthy. One develops relatively cheap software and gives billions of dollars to charity. The other sponsors terrorism. That being the case, why is it that the Clinton administration spent more money chasing down Bill Gates over the past eight years than Osama bin Laden?

Think about it:

It is a strange turn of events. Hillary gets $8 million for her forthcoming memoir. Bill gets about $12 million for his memoir, yet to be written. This from two people who have spent the past eight years being unable to recall anything about past events while under oath. Incredible.

Harry Myers
Maugansville

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