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Letters to the Editor

May 28, 2010

Author, library raise the bar high for reading



To the editor:

Thumbs up and congratulations to Esther LoPresto in the Friday, May 21, Family section of The Herald-Mail for boldly stepping out with a book she has written called "Where's My Other Sock?" What a great example for our young people to take their talents, time and money and pursue an idea with such passion.

A column next to LoPresto's book announcement also caught my eye. The 2010 Summer Reading Club is right around the corner and the perfect opportunity for parents to promote a program that will challenge their children to read more.

Some answers to the numerous social ills that America battles today can be found in these two stories. Good reading and writing skills are major building blocks in the foundation for success in every area of our lives. Many a door leading to greater opportunities is slammed shut by illiteracy. Raising the bar high for children everywhere to read well can raise their confidence, too, by giving them the right tools they need for the future.

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Since most habits take 30 days or more to become an established routine, the 2010 Summer Reading Club might just be the ticket for youths in our area to develop a love for reading over the summer and will last them throughout a lifetime. Sign-up begins June 1 at every Washington County Free Library branch.

I've ordered a copy of LoPresto's book for two reasons. I want to encourage our younger generation in any manner I can, but I also am most curious to have that age-old question answered of "Where's My Other Sock?"

Kate Prado
Hagerstown




Almshouse needs to be demolished



To the editor:

Let's get it over with. The Hagerstown City Council should provide the funds necessary to demolish the Almshouse and clear the site for development.

The structure serves no one or any purpose, nor would restoration justify the expense that would be incurred. The residents of the neighborhood should be provided the privilege to express their preferences as to how to use the site to benefit the area.

How do I get appointed to the Historic District Commission?

Donald Day
Hagerstown




Greed takes over in wake of oil spill disaster



To the editor:

President Obama has termed the finger-pointing antics before the U.S. Congress a "ridiculous spectacle" - and so it is. The oil barons of British Petroleum and Transocean should be dishonorably fired.

While the greatest oil spill disaster in U.S. history unfolds, these "executives" in thousand-dollar suits blink in response to lawmakers questioning. Seems we saw this "I am not responsible" attitude during the Detroit car bailout fiasco.

Then, as now, it is about greed over good business sense.

Joe Hammell
Waynesboro, Pa.

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