Letters to the Editor

May 28, 2010

Track and field classic coming to Callas Stadium

To the editor:

On June 11-13, the Washington County Youth Track Club will host the first Jack Griffin Mid-Atlantic Prep Track & Field Classic at Callas Stadium on the campus of North Hagerstown High School.

This meet will have some of the top high school athletes from the mid-Atlantic region participating. Among the local athletes competing are Paige Shirk from Clear Spring in the shot put, Alison Harrell from North Hagerstown High School in the 5,000 meters and David Wilson from Smithsburg High School in the two-mile run.

Also of note will be the Fastest Kid in Hagerstown competition. This will feature elementary and middle-school students from Washington County running 100 meters. Students are asked to wear something representing their school.


The cost for the fastest kid event is $2. There will be qualifying Friday night, a possible semifinal Saturday afternoon and the finals on Saturday at 5 p.m. Divisions will be decided after entries are in, but it is hoped there will be divisions for each grade and each gender. All students from private and public schools are welcome to participate. Deadline for entries is June 6.

Come and support this great event. Spectators will be charged $5 for one-day entry, $9 for a two-day pass and $12 for a three-day pass.

We also are looking for volunteers. For more information, call Wayne Kretzer Jr. at 301-739-1366 or send an e-mail to">

Wayne Kretzer Jr.

Protesters' actions at funeral were disrespectful

To the editor:

This letter concerns the incident that occurred a few weeks ago with the protesters rallying at the Marine's funeral.

I feel that was really low and downright disrespectful to him and his family. After all, he died serving his country.

Did you people ever serve your country in any way other than a hateful capacity? Probably not.

I feel everyone should have the right to grieve over their loved ones, whether they were in the military or not, without interference from people like the protesters.

I don't care what the Supreme Court or anybody else says claiming their right to practice freedom of speech. It's still wrong. If people want to protest, go to Washington, D.C., not a soldier's funeral.

You people are cowards for kicking people when they're down and when they can't defend themselves.

Russell "Pete" Seville
Greencastle, Pa.

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