Letters To The Editor

Letters to the editor

October 14, 1990

SCHOOL BOARD IS PROBLEM

From: Peggy Grimes

President, WATCH

Anne Arundel County Chapter

After serving 12 years on a Family Life and Human Development (sex ed) advisory committee, and doing an intensive study of the history and future plans of the policy makers in education, it's hard to believe that anything can surprise us any more.

But the fact that candidates for the school board can say: "They (Right to Life of Maryland) shouldn't butt into the school board race. . . . The school board has nothing to do with it," shocks us.

Our research into education shows that the mind-set that accepts abortion is being "developed" in the classroom. I've had educators scream at me that we must "teach abortion" because it is legal.

This may be so, but there is no excuse for the biases that are being taught in the schools. You are not likely to find these biases just in the sex ed courses, where abortion is taught as the "post-conception contraceptive"; they are worked in throughout the curriculum.

One example is a spelling test where the children had to fill in the blanks. The correct answer here was "short-sighted."

"Anyone who thinks that making abortions illegal again will solve the problems is being short-sighted. The problem will only be aggravated."

Environmental education is the focus of much propaganda, where, in one text, students are advised to send for literature from groups that are known for their pro-abortion bias for their research.

The text then reads as though the coercion practiced in China to have just one child is admirable; and it finally calls the students to political action by suggesting they write to the president and other public officials to promote aid for abortion.

"Crisis in the Environment" courses subliminally teach that there will be no clean air or water by the year 2000 unless we limit population.

Qualified professionals who reject these messages are rarely heard.

In another county, only one school board member voted against using certain materials in a sex education course. She expressed concern about the "eugenics" in the courses, and rightly so.

Children who don't know history will not know how short the time has been since abortion, euthanasia and infanticide were considered heinous crimes.

We are on a very slippery slope, when pre-born children can be killed because of handicaps. Very soon we'll be going for the live handicapped, then the mentally ill, and so on.

Unless things change, children now in school will see the day when they'll have to worry what color eyes they have. Harvesting babies for the select is already a gleam in the eyes of scientists who believe that the end justifies the means.

The sad truth is that neither the schools nor school boards will solve the social problems of our youth, because they are the problem. Parents must be aware of what their children are learning.

For more information write to WATCH, P.O. Box 227, Taneytown, Md. 21787.

BROWN DEFENDS DECISION

From: W. Benjamin Brown

Mayor, City of Westminster

I'd like to offer a bit of perspective to the City of Westminster's disapproval of developmental plans for the proposed The Pavilions shopping center.

As was to be expected, development interests have been quick to criticize that action. These critics conclude that the council was intimidated by the 200 residents who attended a Sept. 10 public hearing and voiced overwhelming opposition.

They make much of the fact that Westminster's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed development and suggest that "politics" interfered with good planning.

"The whole idea is that they do what is best for the future of the community, rather than what the public might say on any given day," is a direct quote from a local newspaper.

With all due respect, let me say that it is precisely this "We know better than the people" attitude which is responsible for much of the "planned" mess we see today all about Carroll County.

When I went door-to-door campaigning for my office, the people of Westminster made it clear just how fed up they were with crowded schools, congested roads, rising taxes and a deteriorating quality of life. They also made it clear that they very much wanted a voice in what was to come next.

The public hearing on The Pavilions was a sign to the people of Westminster that they have that voice, and the decision is a sign that their voices carry weight.

Let me say emphatically, however, that the proposed development would have been unacceptable had not one person turned out to oppose it.

The site in question rests at the intersection of Route 31 and Fenby Farm Road. The highway is a well-traveled, two-lane road, which already features three dangerous intersections where it funnels traffic into and around Westminster.

The state controls the right of way along Route 31, and its policy would forbid direct access to and from the proposed development.

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