Letters to the editor 11/11

November 11, 2002

Education funding must be increased

To the editor:

There were many important issues concerning Washington County in last week's election, from smart economic growth to fire and rescue enhancement.

These are very important issues and I agree we must address them. However, some candidates said educational funding needs to be cut back.

This is entirely untrue. Educational funding needs to be increased. The Quad-State Journal published statistics on more than 12 neighboring school districts and counties.

The statistics given listed each county or district and gave their budgets, number of students, number of teachers and average teachers' salary. This was excellent to see these numbers being published.


However, it appears that Washington County's budget is outrageous. Last year's budget for Washington County was $125.6 million. That was $31.1 million more than any other district or county listed. But the issue is not how much the budget is for the educational system in Washington County.

It is how much per student is the county budgeting for.

The tables rank the school districts and counties from the statistics that were provided by the Quad-State Journal. The first table ranks the school districts and counties by the budget average per student. The second table ranks the school districts and counties by the budgeted average per student minus teacher's salaries.

It is clearly easy to see that Washington County ranks 12th, and last in both of the tables. Washington County budgeted average is from $2,000 to $3,000 less than the school district that ranks first.

Don't our students in this county deserve more funding to increase their educational learning? So I am asking citizens to please remember these tables. Support those who have made increasing the educational budget for Washington County a top priority.

Paul W. Fulk


Inspections an injustice

To the editor:

I believe the city council is doing an injustice to the people who rent in the City of Hagerstown. The city council is foolish to think that landlords will not raise the rent to their tenants for the rental registration fee, inconvenience of time and future improvements that may be required from the inspection process.

I believe most landlords will use this as an opportunity to increase their monthly rents by $25 to $50 per month which will only hurt and create a hardship for the 20,000 plus people renting in the city of Hagerstown. Once again, the city has created bigger government, more regulations, red tape and the city council has to punish all landlords for the misdeeds of a few.

I also believe the apartment buildings that will require major renovations will cause some landlords to shut down their buildings, creating a homeless or relocation situation for many low-income families.

I find it hard to believe that the city council failed to have a public hearing on this issue because they believe they received enough feedback. I understand there are people living in substandard housing that needs to be improved, however the rental registration program is not the answer. There has to be a better way.

Jim Fahey


Bad clothes, bad behavior

To the editor:

After reading your article on students' dress codes, I wish to share a thought: Students need to be able to choose.

So present a reasonable dress code and let them vote on accepting and following that, or mandating school uniforms! It is necessary to get rid of obnoxious dressing as well as behavior. They seem to go together. Thanks for listening.

Helene Brill

Martinsburg, W.Va.

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