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Letters to the editor for 6/10

June 10, 2002

School board lacks direction


To the editor:

In response to the article "Schools weigh budget options," (May 29) all I can say is what a bunch of "hooey!" It's just name- calling, finger-pointing and talk about numbers.

Since when is our kids' education just about "numbers?" The amount of money spent on education per student doesn't necessarily indicate the quality. Previous studies have demonstrated this phenomena.

All I read was cut, cut, cut or delay, delay, delay. Where is the "outside the box" thinking? How can things be done differently? Where is MSPAP when we need it? Hmm, maybe that should be Destination ImagiNation?

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Maybe we should give this perplexing problem to the kids who compete in DI and see what they come up with? If the objective is "profit," why even educate at all? Why? Because it is obvious to most people that education allows for a better career (i.e., more money, more opportunities); the payoff is in the future.

What is not as obvious but is proven in study after study is that physical activity, music and art improves academic performance. Yet what are we doing in Washington County? Decreasing physical education, art and music! Obesity is a national epidemic (which is why the Surgeon General recommends 20 minutes of vigorous activity every day).

Not only is education impacted favorably by physical activity, but also long-term health. Sports participation also allows for scholarships to further education and even spawn careers. Being involved in sports also encourages time management, an essential skill.

What are the priorities of the School Board? I guess I'm confused over the past few years, given the direction in which we are heading.

Stephen E. Popper

Smithsburg




Judy Center thanks the pros


To the editor:

The Judy Center is a consortium of agencies conjoined to assure that children birth to 5 years of age in the Bester Elementary School catchment enter school as capable and successful learners. The behavioral health needs of our children are frequently a concern.

Today a group of very knowledgeable professionals attended a focus group to review these concerns and to consider intervention strategies. These are among some of the most respected professionals in their field. They volunteered their time and efforts in order to benefit this Community and we would like to express publicly our appreciation:

Dr. Jackson Mana; The Children's Doctor; Dr. Peter Cohen, Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Psychiatry, Washington County Hospital; Faye Smith, CEO, Potomac Case Management Services; Kathleen Lindner, LCPC; Behavioral Health Services, Washington County Hospital; Denise Abbott, clinical director, The Mental Health Center.

On behalf of a grateful community, the Judy Center, and the children we serve, we would wish to extend our admiration for their professionalism and assistance.

John C. Brown, Jr.

Hagerstown




Seeking info on City Park


To the editor:

I'd like to know if anyone has pictures of our Hagerstown City Park before it became City Park. And in what year did it become City Park? I've been going to City Park since I was 3 years old, which was 72 years ago.

I would like to see any old pictures of the park before 1926.

You can write to me or send pictures to Kay Schindel, 36 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md., 21740.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown

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