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What Do You Think?

April 22, 2007

Editor's note:Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Which of the following names do you like best for the new elementary school in the Westfields development - Antietam Valley, Chapel Woods, Rockland Woods or none of the above?

"Name it WESTFIELDS, for crying out loud. Don't these people get it. Name a school for the community in which it is situated. Why confuse the public? The roads, the utilities and probably the land have been provided by the developer of the area. Why conspire against the developer by refusing to name the school Westfields? After all, Jonathan Hager was a developer and there are a lot of things named after him and the area he subdivided, Hagers- town. It's not like you're even naming the school after a person in the case of Westfields. None of the other names suggested are unique to the school location. What's so wrong about naming a school for its location, such as Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Potomac Heights, Maugansville, Paramount, Funkstown, etc., etc."

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"I voted for 'None of the above.' I understand the rationale about not naming it Westfields since children from other areas/developments will be attending. I'm ruling out 'Antietam Valley' because there's no such valley - we live in the Cumberland Valley. So, how about just 'Antietam'? That way, it could be referring to the creek and the battlefield?"

"Developers have narrowed it down to one of these three ... they sound more like names for a housing development, I vote for WESTFIELDS, too. It has meaning to the area."

"They should PULL Antietam ANYTHING from consideration, seeing as how there already is an Antietam Academy in the Washington County Public Schools system."

"We are in the Cumberland Valley portion of the Great Valley. 'Valley' and 'Watershed' are two COMPLETELY different topics. In reality, the new school is not in the Antietam Creek watershed. It's not beside the battlefield, so naming 'Antietam' would be a bit confusing. You all argue politics if you want, but the name of the school is more important that you realize. If you name it 'Antietam' anything, it shows a certain level of ignorance of our county. Personally, 'Rockland Woods' and 'Chapel Woods' mean nothing except that they could be local nicknames for areas. 'Westfields' is definitely more appropriate because of the ease of recognizing the name of the development."

"Why not name the school after heroes from our area. For example - Roy-Wibberley Elementary School."

"If Westfields won't work because of some irrational fear of 'alienating' the other communities ... then it would be an appropriate tribute to Patrick (Roy) and Craig (Wibberley) to name the school for them."

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