Letters to the Editor - July 15

July 15, 2013

Boys, girls deserve the same media coverage

To the editor:

I am a parent of a Halfway Junior League All Star softball player. I was searching through the most recent copies of The Herald-Mail and have found myself to be absolutley appalled at the unfair reporting that this paper has done on recent local sporting events.

My daughter’s team won the District 1 Junior softball title with a 2-0 record. Their team was given a four-sentence write-up. Specifically, four girls had their names mentioned for exceptional performance during that game. There was no picture added.

I then started looking through the reporting on the other local area events. Just to compare the inequities, I looked for the Junior League boys baseball game. Much to my dismay, there was a full article, consisting of 11 paragraphs, quotes, players’ names and a recap of the entire game, including the next step for this league. There were also several pictures of this event.

How is it that fair reporting? This team of girls has worked just as hard as any team of boys. They are dedicated to their sport, just as any group of athletes must be. For their commitment, they receive next to nothing on the sports pages of The Herald-Mail. I suppose that this is not the first time that female athletes have not gotten the praise and equitable reporting on their events.

I have not noticed this before this year, as my daughter just made the switch to softball after playing for Conococheague baseball for eight seasons. Now that I am aware, I hope that The Herald-Mail can do a better job reporting equally for all local events to show their support for male and female athletes alike.

Tricia J. Pickens

Writer changes stance on home-rule government

To the editor:

Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you know, but what you think you know that ain’t so that will get you in trouble.”

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the editor demanding charter home rule for Washington County. However, when I wrote that letter I had not fully studied the issue and I was making my case on purely philosophical grounds. I based my case on the age-old separation of powers argument with the belief that Washington County would benefit from an executive branch of government.

I was wrong. Since I wrote that letter, I have taken the time to actually educate myself on the facts of what charter home rule would mean to Washington County and I have come to the conclusion that the only thing that charter home rule would accomplish in Washington County is larger, more intrusive and more expensive local government.

I have become convinced that we now have the best, most efficient, most effective and least expensive form of government possible in Washington County. Our county government is not broken, and there is absolutely no rational reason to change it.

Rodney Pearson Sr.

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