Letters to the editor 11/13

November 13, 2002

Rooney is right

To the editor:

In reference to Kathleen Parker's column on Oct. 17, Andy Rooney is right! As a female season-ticket holder of NFL football games for 32 years, I feel that I can be a voice to support Rooney.

Those young ladies on the sidelines are unnecessary. When have they asked an important question or made an interesting statement?

The coaches need to spend those precious minutes in the locker rooms with their players. This is football, not a garden tea party.

Let's get rid of the "fluff" and return to real football!

No one would miss them if they would disappear.

Marty Fogle

San Diego, Calif.

Proud day for democracy

To the editor:

Saturday morning I read your article about the Eastern Panhandle absentee voting process. I was immediately interested because I had to be out of state on Tuesday.


Saturday forenoon, I left our Berkeley County Library and went across the street to the county courthouse. Abundant signage on the doors stated polling places and times.

On entering, I was called by a poll worker who quickly handed me the requisite forms to fill out at available tables. He was a professional in every sense of the word and handed me off to his associate who conducted me to the booth and precisely related how to execute my ballot. This done and triple sealed, I was thanked for my participation in the election.

As I turned to leave, I experienced an epiphany. Waiting to vote was a young man in a wheelchair, a very tall man with a beard down to the chest of his bib overalls and a woman who said, "I've never voted here before."

Each was treated with deference. As I walked down the steps of this august building, I said to myself, "This is an important characteristic of our great nation. In our diversity, we are one on Election Day."

Larry K. Smith

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Supplies in short supply

To the editor:

As a public schoolteacher in the state of Maryland for more than 10 years, I have witnessed a need that is rarely addressed. Most children have the necessary materials to begin the school year. However, once the excitement of a new start dies down, many children have few if any school supplies. Paper and pencils are like the staple groceries we consume at home. We use them and then we replace them. Unfortunately many families don't have the resources to replenish these items.

Just imagine the child who has to ask for a piece of paper or a pencil everyday, or the parents who have to tell their child that they can't afford to purchase school supplies. This leaves children with the belief that they are not entitled to a quality education. I ask you, what better gift can we give these children than an education. The necessary materials, which can lead to success in school, can lead to a lifetime of learning.

Although communities do a fantastic job of providing food, clothing and toys to needy families, school supplies are usually overlooked or only given at the beginning of each school year. If communities would assist families throughout the school year, both the child and the community benefit. Communities that invest in their children are making an investment in the future success of their community.

This will be one of the easiest ways to make a difference in the lives of children and your community. While you are out doing your weekly shopping, pick up a package of paper and/or pencils, and then just drop them off to any school in your community. Also, items can be sent to a school by having your child, grandchild or a neighborhood child give the items to their teacher. There are a variety of creative and inexpensive ways to make a difference.

Investing in our children is so important. I ask each and every citizen of Maryland to take the time and give the children of Maryland the opportunity of a quality education.

Missy Frazier-Kenny

Mrs. Maryland International 2002

Madison, Md.

Stadium opposed

To the editor:

I want to take this opportunity to express my opposition to the proposed stadium at North High and my reasons for doing so.

Thirteen years ago my wife and I purchased the first student-built house on St. Clair Street from the Washington County Student Trade Foundation. We planned to spend our retirement years here. This foundation was funded by the Board of Education (BOE). At no time were we informed of a plan to build a stadium at the school.

On Oct. 15, the stadium was proposed to the School Board. On Oct. 16, it was reported that the BOE approved the proposal. There was no public hearing and no official talked to me about the plan. This was reported in The Herald-Mail on the above dates.

I am an 81-year-old WWII veteran and a retired University of Maryland professor. This proposed stadium is located about 200 feet from our home. We are sure that the location of the stadium will lower the value of our home as well as nearby homes.

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