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letters 7/12

July 12, 2002

Munson hurt, not helped, campus effort



To the editor:

I read with amusement Sen. Don Munson's letter to the editor regarding his "efforts in Annapolis, on behalf of obtaining a University of Maryland campus in Washington County. . ." His letter is a real laugh, and an insult to everyone who can remember two years back.

To refresh the senator's memory, he wanted the location of the campus anywhere but in Hagerstown. He wanted it so badly he put some additional study requirements on the appropriation, which infuriated the governor.

If Munson's language in the appropriation bill had not ultimately been deleted, it would have at best delayed the project two years, and at worst, moved the campus to Frederick.

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This project came out of the governor's office, and it was Don Munson's project to screw up, which he almost did.

Paul D. Muldowney

Hagerstown




Board's goals and accountability fall short



To the editor:

Washington County Board of Education members, your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Your Goals/Objectives and School Improvement Plans (SIP) that have no meaning or substance mock the taxpayers and parents in Washington County. You refer to goals/objectives that you do not measure annually.

In fact, you do not even hold the superintendent and her staff accountable in any measurable way, even by marking period. This is what earns all of you our "disrespect and contempt," not what is written by Bob Maginnis and others.

The "welfare of our community" will be better served when you elected representatives begin to state clearly and measurably what you want the superintendent and her staff to achieve for the coming school year.

These understandable goals/objectives should then be further carried out in detail inside the SIP for each school. The principal needs to be held accountable for the accomplishment of the SIP which is a measurable set of tasks.

As you can see, I have repeated some of my Management Review Team suggestions that you BOE members turned your noses up at by refusing to acknowledge, even after receiving a copy of the omitted report.

Tom Janus

Hagerstown




How can the pledge be altered?



To the editor:

Since Sept. 11, patriotism has been at an all time high. So I find it unbelievable that someone would even consider changing the Pledge of Allegiance, yet take out the word "God." In my school, you could walk through every grade area during the Pledge of Allegiance and practically every student would be pledging to our country. I myself have great respect for the Pledge of Allegiance and enjoy reciting every word of it.

I know some people in my school who don't say the Pledge of Allegiance for religious reasons.

They don't complain or make a big fuss about it, they just stand there respectfully and wait while everyone else pledges. We respect their beliefs and they respect ours.

So I want to ask this one question. Why does the minority win over the majority? In a democracy, the majority rules. So on this subject why does the minority have such a loud voice? Oh yeah, the Pledge of Allegiance isn't the only thing that has "God" in it.

The Declaration of Independence states "God," the Supreme Court starts every session with the word "God save the " and even our U.S. currency says "In God We Trust."

So are we going to have to change our currency too, or are we just changing the Pledge of Allegiance so those few thousand people out there can be happy? I am shocked that our country would let this happen after such a big hit by ungodly people on Sept. 11.

Brittany Churchey, 14

Hagerstown

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