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Letters to the editor for 6/6

June 06, 2002

Quick thinking salvaged the day


To the editor:

I am appalled at the lack of concern and sensitivity displayed by the American Theater Company.

We were supposed to see the production of "The Little Mermaid." Our field trip for the three kindergarten classes at Southern Fulton Elementary School was pre-planned and pre-paid by Kathy Cutchall, Nancy Brandt and Louise Strait for May 9.

The kids were excited and looking forward to seeing the play. Upon arrival at the theater, the three teachers inquired as to where we were supposed to go in the theater only to be told that the play was canceled for May 9, and rescheduled for May 22. The kids were heartbroken and the 20-some parents who took off a day's work to be with their kids were not happy, to say the least.

Neither the theater company nor the Maryland Theatre contacted Cutchall to let her know of the change. Cutchall called a month ago to verify that the play was still on. She also had two area McDonald's restaurants notified that we were coming after the play around 11:45 a.m. for lunch.

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What do you do with 70 disappointed kids and 20 some parents (who were really upset) for two hours waiting for lunch? Due to the extraordinary efforts of Cutchall, Brandt, Strait and Judy Neil, one of our bus drivers, the day was somewhat saved.

Cutchall contacted the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in City Park to see if we could tour the museum. The museum had two other buses scheduled to tour but were most gracious and allowed us to see the K-12th grade display of art. To keep 70 5-year-olds occupied for one hour is a feat in and of itself.

While we were touring the museum, Neil, our bus driver, contacted her uncle, Blaine Snyder, who is one of the volunteers for the Roundhouse Museum and explained our plight.

He dropped what he was doing and called his buddy Lenny Crapeoff and said, "Help." They both responded and opened the museum for us to see. They also gave us free admission and free material for the students.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and The Roundhouse Museum for their generosity and concern for these kids.

In closing, I feel that the theater company should at least refund our money because we could not come on May 22 due to scheduled activities at the school. It wouldn't hurt if they provided some passes for next year's annual field trip to the Maryland Theatre.

John M. Kroschinsky Sr.

Warfordsburg, Pa.




It's Israel that was attacked


To the editor:

For the last week or so, I've been reading some things in your paper that I find amazing. One person wrote in to tell everyone that Israel was attacking its neighbors.

Now I know that this person can read, because they wrote the letter. So it confounds me as to why they can't read, say, back issues of The Herald-Mail to find out what really happened. Israel has been attacked three times in all-out war, yet you keep telling a lie hoping that someone would believe it.

Israel was attacked, not the other way around. Israel has been struggling with their neighbors from day one. Muslims don't want there to be any Jews anywhere. Their Bible says that if they won't convert, they are to be put to the sword. That doesn't sound like a peaceful religion to me.

I know that there are some of you that think that I'm being a racist, but I'm not. As far as I can remember, there wasn't one attacking person that wasn't a Muslim. No Lutherans, no Catholics, no Pentecostals. Just Muslims! As the old saying goes "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it's a duck! It's not being a racist to state the truth.

Something else you might want to consider is that three times Israel has been attacked and three times they pummeled their foes. Israel's God is protecting them.

He will not allow anyone to beat them. In his word he states that "I will bless them that bless you, and I will curse them that curse you." That says it all.

James Bailey

Hagerstown

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