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Mail Call - Sept. 10

September 10, 2013

“To the Hagerstown caller appreciating teachers and school staff, and to all of those supporting the employees of the Washington County BOE: Thank you. Thank you for the kind words. They are too infrequent. On the subject of changes for this school year, add this. As one of many language-arts teachers in this county, I spent two years in classes learning the Regie Routman theory of teaching writing. I instituted it, and I know it works. But this year, we have been told that a new program has been selected and must be instituted, one in which every lesson is laid out and scripted day by day. Every teacher will teach the same lesson on the same day, regardless of student need, progress or learning styles. Is this the best way to teach? I say no.”
— Washington County

“To the person from Hagerstown who called in and said if Bob Bruchey was still mayor, we’d have the Suns and a brand-new stadium: Well, that’s probably true. That’s why he wasn’t voted in. People didn’t want the stadium, so their thinking was, get rid of Bob Bruchey, we won’t have the stadium. It makes sense. So that’s why he’s out, and hopefully, that’s why we won’t have a new stadium, at least not one in downtown Hagerstown.”
— Hagerstown

“In reference to the example of the new second-grade report card: Sadly, when you review the card with your 7- or 8-year-old, they will not be able to understand the concepts, so how can they try to improve? Many of the concepts are ridiculous for a young child to grasp. The best thing you can do is read to your child, support your child and help your child the best you can.”
— Washington County

“Just have to say, ‘Way to go, Hagerstown City Council.’ You’re, as to say, on the ball as far as the Hagerstown Suns go. Just another typical city council way to deal with things, just like you did with the team that went to the Keys. Maybe you can get a Little League team to play in Municipal Stadium.”
— Cascade

“I just wanted to comment on how precious life is. Each and every day, we should all cherish each and every moment. Someone where I had worked had died, she had a brain tumor, and you never know what’ll happen to you in life, and it’s just, appreciate every day. Yesterday’s gone, today is in the present, tomorrow is the unknown. So be thankful for each and every day. Enjoy the little things in life. God bless.”
— Hagerstown

“For the lady who has fleas in her house, unless she wants to take herbs and put them around — it would be peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus — but it would be easier to ... buy natural flea spray, which she can use around her animals. Also, for the noise in the stores and the restaurants, I take my mother in and I can’t talk to her. She has hearing aids, and we can’t communicate in the stores at all.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to see a story on the Head Start program in the late ’80s at the then-North Street school. Perhaps some of the teachers, students and other staff are still in this area, and would welcome a chance to share their memories, as would I.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“I’m calling about the ball field. No. 1, I used to belong to ‘The Knothole Gang’ when I was about 13 and 14, at the ball field. No. 2, we got a beautiful ball field out there. If we just got together, it wouldn’t have cost that much money. They brag about how much it costs and everything. Tear down half of it on one side of the ball field one year, tear down the other side, rebuild it, and do the grandstand and the seating area, and they’ll have a beautiful stadium. And somebody else will come here and move here, and we’ll have another ball team. Don’t worry about the team that leaves. We can get another team.”
— Washington County

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