Letters: On school calendar, 'our great president,' and Christians who follow Trump

School system must make calendar choice, year-round maybe?

A recent OP-ED in the Times suggested parents should have a significant say in the school calendar as to when the school year should start. My question, how would that work? Parents of elementary students, usually younger, would push for after Labor Day. Parents of high school students, many who have students involved in extracurricular activities, (aka marching band and fall sports) would be OK with an earlier start. This is a position elementary school parents will find themselves in years down the road. Parents of middle-schoolers are caught somewhere in the middle.

School system administrators need to man/woman up and do what’s best for the school system. They are basically running a business that educates our children and they need to set a schedule that best suits the school system. Whatever schedule they decide on will not please everyone.


Another option the school system should look at is year-round school. Yes, this takes Carroll County out of their comfort zone, but a year-round schedule could address a number of religious holidays and days needed for teacher professional days. It would also give parents options for vacations throughout the year.

Yes, there are pros and cons with a year-round schedule. Most of the pros are in favor of the student the cons are mostly adult-based. Again, this is an option and I suggest researching it before taking a hard position.


Jeff Gardner


Times columnists won’t admit Trump is a ‘great president’

Your two most opinionated OP-ED writers, Mr. Zirpoli and Mr. Minnich, have no sense of justice. After two years of investigating President Trump for Russian collusion, he was found innocent.

The Democrats cannot accept our great president as a man of the people. Some think the Democrats started this Russian Collusion Theory because they can’ accept defeat. There will possibly be an investigation into Hillary Clinton for illegally falsifying information to the FISA court, which began this witch hunt for nothing but to keep our country in an uproar for two years.


The president has done, and will continue to do, great things for our people. The stock market is up, unemployment is down, we’re talking to North Korea, my tax refund was greater under his tax reform and the list goes on.

Again, I offer to take these two to lunch at Burger King where they enjoy a big Whopper and we can discuss our country. I see Mr. Zirpoli works at McDaniel College. Does he have any contact with and teach students his liberal bias? As for Mr. Minnich, whom I voted for when he was a Republican for commissioner, what a farce.

My grandmother had a saying when we were kids and stretched the truth. With tongue in cheek she would murmur, “tsk, tsk.” When I read their columns it all comes back to her common sense disapproval. Tsk, tsk.

Harry H. Griffith Sr.


Can’t be a Christian and follow the cult of Trump

Matthew 5:1-8, known as the Beatitudes and commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount, are the teachings of Christ that form the basic foundation of Christianity. Christ says:

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.

6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.

8. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

These are the principles and values that drive what being a Christian and decent and ethical person are all about. Now compare the teachings of Christ to the words, tweets, behavior and action of Donald Trump. If you are honest with yourself, you will find that Trump's world view represents the exact opposite of Christ. Trump's world view represents hate, bigotry, cruelty, greed and ignorance. Trump and his administration are the most corrupt, unethical and immoral in the nation's history. As a Christian, you can follow the teachings of Christ or follow the cult of Trump but not both. If you follow Trump, stop calling yourself a Christian because that makes you a hypocrite.

David J. Iacono


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