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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 3

December 03, 2011

During holidays, remember those who have served

To the editor:

Here we are at the holidays with our families and friends, and we can't forget all of our brave troops who at this moment are standing between us and those who would love to take away our freedoms and our way of life that so many have fought and died for since 1776.

Just recently, I lost a dear shipmate who gave his entire life as a career sailor and who retired as a chief gunner's mate from the U.S. Navy. We owe this patriot and so many like him more than we could ever repay or will ever be able to repay. How many holidays have we enjoyed our homes and families while GMC Ronnie Matthews stood ready at his battle station to ensure that none could interfere with our celebration?

Let's not forget to ask our God to remember Ron and all like him and to keep them safe from harm and return them all safely to us. When you see a service person, man or woman, no matter how many hitches they served or if they are retired after a lifetime of faithful service, be sure that you extend your hand of thanks for all they have done for us, and let them know how important they are and have been to our freedoms.

Everything we have we owe to our veterans. I am a Navy veteran, but the small contribution I made doesn't come close to that which others gave and who asked for nothing. We can repay them by showing them respect and thanking them for putting us and our country above them.

Ronald F. Hovis

Hagerstown


Hats off to Hagerstown for employee bonuses

To the editor:

Kudos and a huge tip of the hat to the mayor and city council of Hagerstown, which recently voted to give each full-time city employee a one-time bonus of $1,000.

After those city employees previously took 10 furlough days (a 3.8 percent decrease in salary) and also had their workload increased (by attrition from other unfilled positions), this municipal action simply was the right thing to do.

It is refreshing, indeed, to see government leaders meaningfully recognize the dedicated public service of their employees.

Del. Larry D. Kump, R-Berkeley

Falling Waters, W.Va.


Lack of reading, vocabulary skills hurting society

To the editor:

Justice is not served if the verbal proceedings, in any given court case, far exceed the comprehensive skills of all parties involved. Hopefully, this excludes the presiding judge and the attorneys. Washington County schools place a greater emphasis on math and science than on reading/vocabulary skills.

I perceive the long-term goal is to be globally competitive.  Somewhere along the way, we have lost the ability to communicate with each other except through the technical wonder of words and symbols on a computer screen.

When communicating by phone or face to face with another human being, truths are often revealed through the eyes and vocal inflection. Our deficiency in time allotted to vocabulary and reading for comprehension exacerbates the inability to communicate. I also suspect that the lower verbal performance grades on state and national tests reflect this as well.

Sandra R. Shirey

Hagerstown

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