Letters To The Editor


September 25, 1990


From: James J. Riley


House of Delegates, District 31

Have you ever wondered why a candidate gets up long before daybreak to be on the road with his or her name sign to greet commuters during the morning rush hours? The sole purpose of this time-consuming activity is name recognition. The candidate is selling a product, and he or she is that product. We candidates know the public will not vote for us if they have not heard of us, and standing on the road with our name signs is a very inexpensive form of advertising.

You may also wonder why only a few office-seekers use this method of advertising on a regular basis. The answer, quite frankly, is that some candidates aren't that willing to get up at 5:00 each morning to stand on the road with a name sign at daybreak.

I personally would not expect any voter to vote for me merely because I greet them in the mornings commuting to work. What I do hope is that the commuters will read my opinions on the issues in the newspapers. Also, I hope they have read that I have been endorsed by the newspapers as a candidate worthy of election and the voters will say to themselves, "Oh, that's Riley, the guy I see with a wave and a sign during morning rush hours. I am going to seriously consider him as one of the most viable candidates in the race."


From: Evelyn O. Kampmeyer


House of Delegates, District 31

Delegate Charles Kolodziejski should not be returned to office because he is a detriment to the people of the 31st District and the State of Maryland.

His legislation to change from five to ten years the penalty for computer fraud does not motivate our people to learn computers to increase their employable skills. His 42 PAC donations, many corporate-related, are support for his justification to expand incarceration.

Instead, I expect as a delegate to establish state regulations for students to graduate with employable skills. This would include computer skills for word processing; business, budgeting and mathematical applications; and computer literacy. I also propose changing the state minimum graduation requirements from 20 to 24 credits. This change will give students the opportunity to graduate with the needed employable skills. Such changes should remove some of the need for welfare as well.

For several years, Delegate Kolodziejski has proposed legislation that supports racism in county schools. Students have threatened other students that they did not belong in their schools because they could not speak English. My testimony against his bill in this past legislative session explained how we motivate and educate children of culture through assimilation, culture and individualization. The governor's Commission on Human Relations has commended this testimony, which was published nationally. The Maryland State Teachers Association and the American Association of University Women also testified against the bill.

Other legislation the delegate has proposed would deny teachers the right to use bilingual teaching to facilitate immigrants learning the English language and receiving an education at the same time. We should not have uneducated politicians dictating teaching strategies.

Brooklyn Park has besieged the delegate to help it with drug prevention and treatment programs. His response is to incarcerate more drug abusers. After winning the election, I shall see that Brooklyn Park receives the necessary prevention and treatment programs.

The 31st District needs legislators who can promote the well-being of its people and not delegates who hinder them.


From: John Coady


Harundale Youth Sports League

"Isn't it a crime" that Pat O'Malley is so biased that he presents a very one-sided picture of an unfortunate incident? In his "Q and A" 's ("Isn't Cannon Stadium Arundel's own field of dreams?" The Anne Arundel County Sun Sept. 19) reference to Harundale Youth Sports League (HYSL), he conveniently neglects to mention that the "outside" team these boys and coaches played for was, in fact, his team.

The players, manager, and coach who abandoned the HYSL All-Star team in the middle of a tournament to play with Mr. O'Malley were well aware of the league's position on outside play: "Any HYSL player may play for any number of organizations, providing that HYSL practices, games and team meetings are given priority." When the manager, coach and players left the HYSL All-Star team in the midst of a tournament -- without notifying league officials -- substitute players were recruited. It was, and is, the position of the Baseball Board that the players who finished the tournament are entitled to trophies. Mr. O'Malley is well aware of the turmoil this created for the Bronco All-Star team, since the manager of that team left to coach for him.

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