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Letters to the Editor - April 23

April 23, 2013

Rotary Club hosts summit on childhood literacy

To the editor:

The Rotary Club of Hagerstown wishes to invite the community to an event. It is free and open to the public, although advanced registration is required. Registration is limited.

The club is being joined by Volvo Group to host the Second Summit on Early Childhood Literacy on Friday, May 3. It will be held at the Merle Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center at Hagerstown Community College. Co-sponsors are Washington County Public Schools and Washington County Free Library.

For more information, visit www.hagerstownrotaryliteracyinitiative.org. The event is available at no cost to participants but registration is limited.  Registration is made through the website.

The Rotary Club of Hagerstown has become very concerned about two related issues that affect our entire community that will be explored at this event. Two years ago, the Rotary Club established a task force to heighten awareness of two issues that affect our children. First, too many children start school without the vocabulary, word recognition, narrative skills or rudimentary reading skill levels to be successful. These children are not fully ready to learn and there are major issues bringing them up to grade level by fourth grade. 

In addition, too many children experience learning loss over summer vacation. This learning loss can be as much as 25 percent of that learned the previous school year. The most vulnerable of these children are those who have not yet completed third grade.

If you are interested in this topic, if you work with children on a regular basis, if you work with literacy issues, then consider joining us on May 3 as together we share information and work to find solutions.

W. Christopher Motz, president
Rotary Club of Hagerstown                   

David Hanlin, chairman
Rotary Literacy Initiative


More petitions are not necessary

To the editor:

Surprise! Del. Neil Parrott is looking for support for another petition. Really? Sir, we sent you to Annapolis to govern, not to use taxpayers’ money to do useless petitions every time there’s a law you don’t agree with.

Ninety-one percent of Americans and 86 percent of NRA members want better background checks. Eight-seven percent of Americans and 76 percent of NRA members want assault weapons banned.

Poll after poll say Americans care about other Americans. So Neil Parrott, govern, stop this silliness about using taxpayers’ money one petition after petition. After all you got two bills on the ballot last year, how’d that work out?

Rodney A. Guessford
Hagerstown

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