Forget sports and beef up the three Rs
The Evening Sun's Oct. 16 article on girls' athletics in Baltimore city, bemoaning the fact that "shortages are penalizing Baltimore's female student athletes," left me speechless. In a school system as poor as Baltimore's, sports (and other elective activities) should be forbidden.
The money currently spent on sports, physical education and other electives for boys or girls should be spent instead on small class sizes, adequate materials for instruction and more guidance counselors.
Certainly girls (and boys, too) need something to build their self-esteem. Certainly, they need the affection and interest of caring adults. Sports may afford those opportunities for some students. However, success in reading, writing and arithmetic will also build self-esteem and will be a lot more useful to a child when he or she becomes an adult than field hockey skills! Affection and interest shown by a teacher in these subjects (where there is the real potential for a thoughtful relationship) may mean the difference in the child's success and failure as an adult.
But what should we expect from a society that idolizes jocks and denies any respect to teachers?
If we are to reduce the federal deficit, why not eliminate the legislative branch and replace it with special-interest groups? They are on someone else's payroll and, besides, we would be rid of the middlemen, and the real power brokers could step forth and be recognized.
While the national debt soars, a full recession nears and war looms, the president and Congress engage in political gamesmanship. Our forked-tongued, wimpish president has retreated from the lie of "No New Taxes" to the arrogant flippancy of "Read My Hips."
In 1992 the voters may tell him their derrieres are ready for his lips. The cowardly Congress displays similar hypocrisy. Rep. Tom McMillen, in a mailer, expressed his concern about the "spiraling cost of health" and his desire to protect Social Security benefits. Yet, he voted for the budget bill that would increase the monthly premium and reduce benefits by $60 billion. Fortunately, the bill was defeated.
Voters should examine the forked tongues of their politicians, observe their action and don't inhale the verbal propaganda they speak.
Thomas M. Waldron
Read my lips! Stop abusing the presidential veto!
Allow the members of Congress to carry out the wishes of their constituents.
Blackmailing Congress by the use or threat of the veto when it attempts to solve our problems is obscene. Be honorable. Do your job. In order for us to respect you, you must respect us.
The price of oil keeps rising, yet there is no hue and cry for alternative sources of energy. All we hear is conservation. Yet when I drive 55 mph on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, everyone passes me as though I were standing still.
What happened to all the conservationists and their calls to conserve energy? Could it be they run their mouths even faster than they run their cars?
Fact and fiction
I try to read the editorial writings each day in order to get the feel of what's happening. Your recent editorials on the several referendums on tax caps are sickening.
I refer to Proposition 13 in California. Passage of Prop 13 was likened to doomsday. However, after several years, please note California is operating satisfactorily. It seems to me that the paper's editorials at least should contain facts, not fiction.
According to most gun owners, you did the same thing during the handgun referendum. My question is: When are you going to return to fact while reporting news?
The front-page article, "Charge of child sexual abuse nearly destroys a family" (Evening Sun, Oct. 5), was mistitled. It shoul have read, "Man charged for wrong crime." While "Johnny" claims his life is falling apart because he was falsely accused of incest, neither he nor reporter Laura Lippman focused on the fact that this man beats his wife.
In this era of "witchhunts" regarding sexual abuse, I find the slant of this story extremely irresponsible and reckless. This man pled guilty, a physician has found evidence of a healed sexual injury, the Cecil County Department of Social Services "steadfastly believe[s] he sexually abused his older daughter," and his children are now up for adoption. He also beats his wife.
There can never be enough coverage about sexual crimes against children until we, as a society, stamp this horror out. We do not need this type of half-baked story which so easily crumbles the fragile steps taken by survivors of sexual abuse, therapists who work with them and caring community members who labor to obliterate this crime.
Yes, it does appear that this Cecil County family is nearly destroyed, but I'm not convinced that a false charge of sexual abuse is responsible. Maybe I'm nuts, but I think it has something to do with the fact that "Johnny" beats his wife.
Cynthia L. Mather