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Letters to the editor - 3/17/03

March 17, 2003

Ride the bus to state capital for school funding



To the editor:


As you know, funding for education has become a serious concern, especially in light of the current budget situation. On Wednesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m., the Funding Coalition is sponsoring a rally and presentation on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis, featuring Dr. Alvin Thornton of the Thornton (Funding) Commission.

His presentation will be an attempt to urge the governor and legislature to adequately fund education in the budget currently under consideration in Annapolis. Washington County organizers are planning a brief meeting with the Washington County delegation following the rally to discuss local education funding matters.

The Washington County Board of Education, MSTA, WCTA, and ESP Local #1, in partnership with the State PTA and MABE (Maryland Association of Boards of Education), are coordinating a "Funding Ride" which will depart after school from various locations throughout Washington County.

We are urging as much participation as possible from teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and citizens. Children accompanied by a parent are welcome. Additionally, parents should keep in mind that the buses will not return until approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday evening. Sack lunches are encouraged.

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The Maryland State Teachers Association is funding the chartered buses from Washington County for any supporters who would like to demonstrate on behalf of adequate funding for the state's public schools. For more information, please call 301-766-2996 or contact one of our local school principals to sign up to for the Funding Ride.

Carol Mowen
Public Information Officer
Washington County Schools
Hagerstown




Because he would do us great harm, Saddam must go



To the editor:


In the column published on March 1, Charley Reese compares, favorably, Saddam Hussein with Abraham Lincoln. In some respects he is quite correct. Holding together a fractious nation is neither a pleasant task or a pleasant sight.

The big difference is that Hussein seeks not only control of his country (by whatever means) but also hegemony over his neighboring countries.

Although many will disagree with me, I believe that such would not serve our interests. Lincoln had no such ambitions. Furthermore, he evinced no intention of visiting his problems on other states.

I believe that Hussein has the means and intentions to do us harm, most likely through agents, by an unrelenting series of small incidents that will keep this country on edge with fortunes spent on "homeland defense," reluctance to make personal and business decisions and many inconveniences that erode the freedoms and quality of life to which we have been accustomed.

Why us? Because we have the strength to stay his territorial aspirations.

Iraq will not be a democracy. The country is fractured by religious and ethnic differences that will probably never be settled. That should not be our problem. Our interest should be limited to keeping its internal problems just that, internal. Hussein must be replaced, and soon.

Robert P. Molten
Hagerstown

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