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Letters to the Editor

August 19, 2010

BOE candidate says he will fight for education



To the editor:

School board candidates run nonpartisan and will appear on both the Democratic and Republican primary ballots. Therefore, school board candidates may attend both Democratic and Republican party meetings.

About two weeks ago, I attended a Republican Party meeting. All of the candidates for the various offices were given a chance to speak. Most of the candidates for Republican offices talked about the need to get debt under control. Several of them touched on the terrible things that might happen to this country if debt is not controlled.

It is possible that what some of these candidates are predicting might come to pass. There might be a disastrous financial meltdown in this country. If so, what can we do to give the children of this county the best chance of surviving during an economic disaster?

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When it was my turn to speak, I pointed out that the best thing we can do to protect our children is to give them a quality education. In times of economic chaos, inflation can make money worthless and land can be confiscated and redistributed. Knowledge and skills learned in school will stay. In a rapidly changing situation, the well-educated parent has the better chance of having or being able to quickly learn what is needed to survive.

If people believe that the future of this country is bleak, to protect the children of this county, we must do all we can to make sure that our children are better educated than the children of other counties and states. Quality education requires funding. Cutbacks in funding, if the future is very uncertain, leave our children less able to provide well for themselves and their families.

If elected, I will continue to fight to provide a quality education for all of the children of Washington County.

Russell Williams
Hagerstown

Editor's note: Russell Williams is running for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education.




Callaham has qualities to serve county well



To the editor:

On Sept. 14, the registered Republican voters of Washington County will select five people out of a field of 12 in the Washington County Commissioners race to advance to the general election in November.

As a Republican, I have decided I will cast one of my votes for Ruth Anne Callaham. She shows insight, intellect and compassion, all of which are needed for the next four years. Her record on the Washington County Board of Education demonstrates she can tackle the tough issues.

I encourage all to give Ruth Anne Callaham consideration.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg

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