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Christmas denied? Then reopen schools

In reference to the recent decision by the Montgomery County Board of Education to take religious holidays off the school calendar ("Montgomery eliminates references to all religious holidays in school calendar," Nov. 12), it should be noted that in 1870, the United States Congress passed a law declaring Christmas a legal holiday.

President Ulysses S. Grant signed the law on June 28, 1870. In 1885, Christmas was formally declared a federal holiday. Usually, federal holidays are celebrated with a day free from work. This being said, if the Montgomery County school board chooses to "strip" religious holidays from "their" calendar, then they should also choose to have their schools open on Christmas Day! If you choose to "strip," then you must take your "stripping" to finality and continue the school's daily activities.

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If not, the school board, in my opinion, is hypocritical. School open, teachers report, No federal holiday. Any student who chooses to attend classes will be able to do so. If you don't believe in celebrating, you must attend classes. You cannot and should not be able to have it both ways.

Stephen A. Favazza, Timonium

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