Editor: I cannot believe that The Sun has sunk as low as to review the "performance" of Annie Sprinkle, as Mike Giuliano did on Jan. 21. This "performance" can in no way be considered art or theater. As you are reviewing this act, most of which could not be explained in the article due to its vulgarity, will you next be reviewing the nightly performances on "The Block"?
Ms. Sprinkle's act has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Yes, "We the People" are forced to support this garbage without our consent. I believe that "taxation without representation" was a rallying cry of our revolutionary fathers.
The NEA is only one small example of how our tax money is spent on things which we do not need and most Americans do not want. If Ms. Sprinkle's "performance" is an example of the "art"' funded by the NEA, then I fully support the Congress eliminating this agency from an already overflowing budget.
By giving an upbeat review of the Annie Sprinkle act, you appear to condone the actions of the NEA, thereby supporting the government's policy which forces Americans to support material which they find offensive. Ms. Sprinkle can perform her act and invite the world to inspect her cervix, but I do not wish to pay for it with my tax dollars or read about it in a "family newspaper," as Mr. Giuliano refers to The Sun.
David W. Glassman.
Editor: Your editorial titled "Schools Without Bureaucrats?" was excellent. State School Superintendent Joseph Shilling's proposal to eliminate 70 percent of his bureaucrats is a much needed step in the right direction.
One of the most serious problems we face today is those educators who build a bureaucracy and forget what their primary goals are: to educate our children and instill in them the values to be good and productive members of society.
Dr. Shilling, it should be pointed out, would be the first one to point out that the status quo is not good enough. In contrast he is challenging his peers to do a better job, to set goals for improving school performance standards, so that our children will be prepared for the many challenges they will face in our ever changing society.
As indicated in the editorial, "breaking the stranglehold of administrative educators won't be easy." However, with the support of the administrators, the teachers and parents working for a common goal of improved education, change will occur. What you didn't say in your editorial, but I believe is the cause of the problem, is the question of power. Dr. Shilling understands this as well as anybody, and I believe he will be successful in this endeavor.
Bush War Scored
Editor: A fervent "God Bless you" to 19-year-old Navy Corpsman Clarence D. Conner, Operation Desert Storm's first Purple Heart recipient, for his courageous "Please don't send me home. I've got to get back to my unit; they're depending on me," and a cordial welcome into the [Military Order of the Purple Heart].
I am tremendously -- almost tearfully -- proud of our boys and girls in that inhospitable desert environment. Our family prays for them daily. I must sadly admit my sentiments are of a different character when I consider the lunacy of our president in condemning our armed forces to a no-win squabble 7,000 or so miles away. When it's all over and the human and financial costs tallied, where will we -- and Mr. Bush's "New World Order," for that matter -- be?
Some have suggested impeachment; others think that is too mild and opt for a war crimes trial. What will history's evaluation be?
John J. O'Connor Jr.
Editor: The United States gives nearly $1 trillion to the military and about $7 million, or .000007 percent, to the National Peace Institute for the study and practice of non-violent conflict resolution.
Is there anyone out there who, like me, feels this is a little unbalanced and that such financial priorities could affect the direction and outcome of foreign policy?
Editor: Sometimes we grown-ups act so much like children. First, we break our toys and then we cry because we can't use them.
Rather than preserve a school that was demonstrably successful, we allowed it, through lack of care, to slide into desuetude. Departments closed or unused, student services cut and faculty impaired.
Too late we sought a solution by hoping to have the state of Maryland find or create a multi-million dollar replacement. What has been thus broken, has never been fixed and our children and state will be the poorer for it.
Now, we grown-ups are proceeding to repeat our foolishness of break-it, cry-for-it.
The Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center, a proven success, is going to the knacker's yard. For a temporary savings of a few dollars and at incalculable cost to the future work-force of our state.