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Letters to the Editor

September 30, 2009

More citizen input needed on school issues



To the editor:

It appears to me that there is a concept about public schools that seems to be lost from time to time.

What am I referring to? Just this. Public schools do not belong to the elected school board or the superintendent of schools. They belong to parents, citizens, and taxpayers.

Life in 2009 for many citizens is cramped full of activities for a variety of reasons. Most citizens trust the school system to do the right thing for their children. Sometimes, I believe this trust does not have enough oversight by parents.

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I applaud all parents and citizens who have participated in the redistricting dialogue in one way or another. I believe most who have participated would admit they have become more knowledgeable about the system. I believe there are many other areas besides redistricting that need more citizen input.

I encourage all citizens to become as knowledgeable about our schools as time allows.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg




Passage of Medicare bill a victory for seniors



To the editor:

Thursday, Sept. 24, was a significant date with the House's passage of HR 3631, protecting all Medicare beneficiaries from an increase in their 2010 Part B premium.

This is significant because it is likely there will be no cost-of-living allowance (COLA) for Social Security and public service retirees this year. Previous versions of this legislation did not include public service retirees.

Without this legislation, federal, state and local government retirees who are not eligible for Social Security would have incurred a premium increase next year while not benefiting from a COLA. More than 1 million retirees will benefit nationally.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), a co-sponsor of the upcoming Washington County Senior Forum, worked on this legislation over the past three months to gain this benefit.

The Washington County Senior Forum will address the concerns of county seniors with the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. The forum is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at the senior center at Girls Inc.

Edward C. Wurmb III
founder
Washington County Senior Coalition

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