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Letters to the editor - 12/6/02

December 06, 2002

Ducky idea



To the editor:


An article in the Nov. 22 edition of The Morning Herald reported that Hagerstown City Police Chief Arthur Smith is considering a North Carolina company's offer to supply a fleet of police cruisers to the Hagerstown City Police for the sum of $1 if the cruisers carry paid advertisements on them.

If the offer is accepted by the Hagerstown City Police, I can imagine the following scenario. An officer takes into custody a gentleman for being drunk in downtown Hagerstown, and the officer walks the gentleman toward the police cruiser that has a paid advertisement on its sides. The advertisement shows Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck advertising Disney World.

The police officer tells the gentleman, "I am taking you to jail." The drunk gentleman looks at the police cruiser and sees the advertisement showing Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck advertising Disney World and says, "Officer I don't want to go to jail. I want to go to Disney World."

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John J. Brennan

Hagerstown




No job security



To the editor:


Do you who are out in the work force know of the law in the State of Maryland called the At-Will Doctrine? This means employers have the right to hire or right to fire for no reason. You can be fired because your boss doesn't like what you wore to work today.

Consider this possibility: A young lady has a job at a nursing facility and because of the old problem involving the hate and jealousy of a few workers, she is discharged. This person could have a perfect record, with no bad points, but because of this law she has lost her livelihood.

You who work for companies without a union had better check this law out. You may have your job today and lose it tomorrow. People, think how unfair this law is and why it has been on the law books of Maryland since 1887. Don't you think our lawmakers should try to change this? Or don't they care because their chances of being fired are nil?

N. Myers

Hagerstown




BCS needs no 'C'



To the editor:


A humble proposal: Why not change the name of the BCS football rating system to BSCS? I think University of Maryland fans seeing West Virginia University ranked No. 15 would understand these initials better.

The average of two polls is reasonable. Both list only two teams not in the top 15. But after the top five, the computer averages are claptrap. More than a dozen teams not in the top 15 are listed in these computer rankings, while fully 45 other teams with higher ratings elsewhere are overlooked. The New York Times lists USC No. 1, but places PAC 10 rival Washington State only No. 16. All these ratings are mere opinion.

But the strength in schedule rank is really ripe. Only seven of the top 15 teams play a top 15 schedule, while fully 38 lower-ranked teams play tougher schedules than Kansas State with the easier schedule in the BCS top 15 (eighth in BCS, but 52nd in schedule strength). WVU is 40th.

Losses seem fair - only two teams are out of line, but quality wins are perverse. A quality win counts only against a BCS top 10 team (with rankings changing weekly).

Bottom line: These latter three criteria, which count for only one-third of ratings, are the only choices based on actual games played.

P.S. Two of my former schools are listed among the top four, so this is not sour grapes - simply a call for a level playing field in college football ranking. The NFL brought us parity; why not the NCAA?

David L. Woods

Hedgesville, W.Va.

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