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Letters to the editor - 7/10/03

July 10, 2003

School system is hardly 'world class'


To the editor:

Is our education system world class or not?

Tell me how you can be considered world class when you are in the process of taking away what you call World Language (foreign languages), except for Spanish. Where is the choice? What a world we will be living in if everyone speaks only English and Spanish. If we are to be a top-notch educational system, the Board of Education must focus its attention on what is best for students, not the glory of pushing its ideas on everyone.

The board also has set the wheels in motion to cut some of the technology from the current budget. What kind of world class system has so little technology offered to nearly 20,000 students?

There are not enough computers in secondary schools to be used by teachers and students. The ones that are available don't have enough software to use in teaching. Again I ask, what kind of "world class" are we living in without technology?

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We need to stop creating jobs and new titles for adding top-paying positions at the central office and get back to a system that has a desire to teach students. I resent the number of high-paying jobs that have been created in the past two years. Taxpayers are not receiving their money's worth in education. This board has a history of forgetting about the students.

The first cut in the budget should have been LRT's at the high school. Students must be taught to read in elementary school. All of the students in elementary and middle schools have been the recipients of LRT's in the system. Tell us taxpayers where is the exit plan for these positions, or are we going to give them a new title and keep them forever at what cost?

When these positions were started at the middle school they were to be a three-year position funded by a grant. The grant has expired and now the taxpayers are paying the bill. The number of students being worked with by these people are so few, yet other students are in large classes. Is this the best way to spend tax dollars?

J.M. Unger
Hagerstown




World revolves around computers


To the editor:

This is a continuation of "Is It Fair?" As I sit here, wondering how times have changed over the years, I think of things that just don't seem fair.

So once again I write, in hopes you take this seriously. It's computers.

Nowadays everything advertised on TV, whether it's to order something advertised or to get more information on a subject a talk show offers, it's "log on to www. .com. The poor or older person who hasn't a computer is totally left out. And that goes for credit cards, too.

Some ads say call this number and order with your "credit card" and you get such and such for one half price. Example: (Supposedly a Christian ad) Buy "WOW" cassettes or CDs on your credit card and they're only $9.95; however, if you send for them with a check or money order, they are $19.95. What kind of true Christian charges the poor person more than the "upper class?"

The ones who can't afford a credit card or a computer have to pay more for many products offered. Talk shows such as "Oprah" tell you for more information or to give an opinion of any subject go to the Web site at www. .com. There's no mailing address for those who can't afford a computer.

For instance, I have had a letter to Oprah in my pocket book months ago, only to find out she has no mailing address any more. If you want to make a point or have questions on subjects discussed on her show, you can't, as in Can Not, not unless you have a computer.

It's as if a poor person has no right to have a say. If the show has a subject that lets its viewers vote on something it's "log on to www. .com and cast your vote. No computer? No say, no vote.

Once again, is this fair?

Elsie Daugherty
Warfordsburg, Pa.

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