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Thank you, An­napo­lis

I am writ­ing this let­ter first, to the peo­ple of An­napo­lis, Mary­land, in ap­pre­ci­a­tion and ad­mi­ra­tion of ev­ery­one that was in­volved in mak­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the naval war­ship USS Sioux City so ex­traor­di­nary and suc­cess­ful.

As one of hun­dreds of peo­ple trav­el­ing from my home­town of Sioux City, Iowa I per­son­ally wanted to let you know, for the brief time that I was a tourist in your city, you made An­napo­lis, feel like a very wel­com­ing home­town. Ev­ery sin­gle per­son that I had the plea­sure of speak­ing with, whether from ex­plor­ing An­napo­lis’ His­toric Dis­trict, eat­ing break­fast at the Iron Rooster or all of the work­ers through­out the Naval Academy were friendly and made sure that any Sioux Ci­tian was wel­comed with open arms.

My late grand­fa­ther, Jerome Jungers, served in the United States Navy dur­ing World War II. He, like so many other cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the Navy, would be so proud that there was a ship named af­ter a Mid­west town like Sioux City, Iowa.

Sec­ondly, I am writ­ing this let­ter to the men and women that serve this great na­tion at the United States Naval Academy. Your in­di­vid­ual ded­i­ca­tion to this coun­try, self-sac­ri­fice for oth­ers and fierce brav­ery will not only help keep USS

Sioux City afloat but will se­cure the pros­per­ity of our na­tion for cen­turies to come.

I as­sure you, that although our cities are over 1,200 miles apart, your sup­port from Sioux City will be un­wa­ver­ing.

JAKE JUNGERS Sioux City, Iowa

Lake Shore El­e­men­tary

I dis­agree with the out­come of the in­ci­dent in which a long-term sub­sti­tute was sus­pended af­ter tap­ing a dis­obe­di­ent stu­dent to chair, and the cul­ture at Lake Shore El­e­men­tary (The Cap­i­tal, Dec. 1).

When chil­dren leave home and spend their next hours in school, they are to un­der­stand the teacher is the au­thor­ity. Fool­ing around is out of line. To tol­er­ate oth­er­wise be­gins a cul­ture of: hmm, what can I get away with, or teach­ers aren’t to be taken se­ri­ously.

In to­day’s world, school en­vi­ron­ment is dif­fi­cult enough and stu­dents need to obey in­struc­tions should an emer­gency arise.

The let­ter sent home stressed that chil­dren are to be em­braced, loved and nur­tured. How­ever, they left out the part re­gard­ing any re­spect for the teacher whose job it is to im­part knowl­edge.

For the stu­dent, this be­gins the learn­ing curve of life and should be ex­plained to the par­ents. Need I point out on­go­ing in­ci­dents of teacher abuse in Bal­ti­more City by stu­dents who ob­vi­ously have no re­spect for au­thor­ity.

So what did the child learn from this in­ci­dent? I say let this in­ci­dent be­come a learn­ing mo­ment for the child.

ELAINE PHILLIPS

Millersville

Ge­orge H.W. Bush

An ex­am­ple of the class and states­man­ship of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush was his let­ter to Bill Clin­ton on Jan. 20, 1993 which read as fol­lows:

“Dear Bill,

“When I walked into this of­fice just now I felt the same sense of won­der and re­spect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.

“I wish you great hap­pi­ness here. I never felt the lone­li­ness some Pres­i­dents have de­scribed.

“There will be tough times, made even more dif­fi­cult by crit­i­cism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give ad­vice; but just don’t let the crit­ics dis­cour­age you or push you off course.

“You will be our Pres­i­dent when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your fam­ily well.

“Your suc­cess now is our coun­try’s suc­cess. I am root­ing hard for you. Good Luck –

Ge­orge”

Our na­tion will miss him.

Del. MICHAEL MALONE Gam­brills

Mes­siah sing-along

They came, clutch­ing their worn scores of Han­del’s Mes­siah, ready to sing — for the 32nd time with­out re­hearsal — the Christ­mas parts of the pop­u­lar or­a­to­rio.

For three decades, The Cap­i­tal has sup­ported and en­cour­aged this com­mu­nity tra­di­tion of a sing-along at St. James’ Church in Loth­ian.

More than 200 singers and lis­ten­ers filled this his­toric church built in 1763, just 21 years af­ter the Mes­siah’s first per­for­mance to ben­e­fit the poor. This im­promptu per­for­mance also ben­e­fits the poor through a free will of­fer­ing for the Sal­va­tion Army. The March 10 seventh Sing-Along of the Len­ten and Easter parts of the Mes­siah will ben­e­fit the Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance Fund.

When the fi­nal notes of the Hal­lelu­jah cho­rus are sung, the singers break into ap­plause and laugh­ter, cel­e­brat­ing a great tra­di­tion of com­mu­nity car­ing.

VAL HYMES

An­napo­lis

PAUL W. GILLE­SPIE/CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE FILE

Guests ar­rive for the com­mis­sion­ing of the Navy's new­est lit­toral com­bat ship, the USS Sioux City, dur­ing a cer­e­mony last month.

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