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Letters to the Editor - April 25

April 25, 2011

Give Michael his shot to lead school system


To the editor:

Boyd Michael, one of the most dedicated educators I have had the pleasure of knowing, is in the running for Washington County Superintendent of Schools. Boyd has come up through the local school system from teacher, to coach, to supervisor, to deputy superintendent. He has earned his chance to oversee the continued development of the Washington County school system because of his attention to detail, his fairness and his ability to make the unpopular decisions sometimes required of the superintendent.

We have not had a homegrown superintendent since the ’40s, and although we have been fortunate to have chosen some very capable individuals to oversee the system, it took them some time to find out where the bodies were buried and how deep they were planted. Mr. Michael, having been in the system for 32 years, already knows where they are, how deep they were planted and when they should be dug up, which allows him to hit the ground running immediately, instead of feeling his way along for the first six months on the job.

Sure, he probably owes some favors, has some doubters and will have some difficult decisions to make. However, he has always been fair, worked within the guidlines and, being local, he knows where the power bases exist. He is a grassroots guy who has paid his dues, done his time and is ready for the next step.

Do the right thing. Hire the local guy for the Superintendent of Schools position.

 
C. Richard Miller
Hagerstown




Thanks to those who helped runners get to Boston



To the editor:

Following in a tradition that dates back to the 1960s, the Hagerstown-based Cumberland Valley Athletic Club recently sent a group of athletes to the 115th Annual Boston Marathon.

These dedicated athletes endured many hardships in training and made many sacrifices in order to compete against some of the most committed athletes our planet has to offer. Behind every great athlete is a support team that has helped them achieve their goals.

To all of those individuals and groups that assisted the athletes of the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club get to the Boston Marathon — especially Hagerstown Ford, which provided transportation for the team — I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude.


Mike Spinnler, president and team coordinator
Cumberland Valley Athletic Club

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