Letters to the editor 11/26

November 26, 2002

Hard being a kid these days

To the editor:

Our schools are teaching our children all about sex, drugs - and homosexuality being normal! Is it any wonder our kids are becoming more and more confused? I don't mean to judge what anyone's lifestyle is, but keep it to yourself. I will respect you more.

We're feeding our infants soy-based infants' milk (soy being a natural estrogen), and also hormone-laden meats. MTV, (a teenage-geared television program) among other shows, is promoting everything and anything goes, and wild spring break orgies. Whatever happened to modesty and the beauty of being innocently naive?

Our youth are being raised by non-maternal baby-sitters or they are raising themselves because both parents need to work to pay the bills (that's just the way it is nowadays, unfortunately). Praise the stay at home moms, another fast becoming extinct species.

Our children don't stand half a chance. Our kids need to be taught reading, writing, arithmetic, self esteem, integrity, honesty, moral values and respect. They don't have time for this anymore in school because of above issues such as drugs, sex, etc., so homework is being sent home in ridiculous amounts to try and squeeze in some of the basics of teaching.


So much for quality family time in the evenings!

I cannot imagine being a child growing up in this day and age. What a nightmare! Hang in there kids, you are our future.

Suzanne Short


Actors needed

To the editor:

Auditions for Marcus Steinour's comedy/mystery, "Scream In The Night," will be held at the Star Theatre in Mercersburg, Pa. on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Actors needed are:

Woman: Age 20 to 28 - one role of British upper class

Woman: Age 20 to 30 - one role of British actress

Women - Age 20s to 50, two roles of British Housekeeper and French maid.

Man - Age 30s to 60, one role of British inspector.

Man - Age 20s to 50, one role of British Butler

Man - Age 20-40, one role of British gentleman.

Interested actors who cannot make these auditions can call the director, Joe Spirko, at 717-765-4221 or Marcus Steinour at 717-369-2827.

Rehearsals will begin Jan. 23, 2003. Cast will have script over holidays.

All parts are paid.

The comic mystery will be given Friday, March 14, Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, matinee at 3 p.m. at the historic Star Theatre in Mercersburg, Pa. under the direction of Joe Spirko.

The production will be made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Partnership of the Arts.

Marcus Steinour

St. Thomas, Pa

Great program

To the editor:

I would like to thank The Herald-Mail and the supporters of Newspaper in Education for providing newspapers to the grade 3, 4, and 5 Eastern Elementary School students.

The staff at Eastern uses the Tuesday Shortcuts for reading lessons. I hope that the Shortcuts section will continue, as it is a great source of information for educators and parents to use with their children.

A big thank you to Michele Wills who organizes the Newspapers in Education program. I hope that The Herald Mail will continue the Shortcuts and the Newspapers in Education program. Thank you for a great resource!

Mary Newby

Reading Improvement Teacher

Eastern Elementary School


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