From: George T. Murray
I was indeed shocked to learn while reading the obituaries in TheAnne Arundel County Sun March 18, of Hylda Wayson's passing on March13. This teacher of 50 years was truly one of Odenton's outstanding citizens. She gave of herself for half a century to first-graders theblessing of the best start in education that children of this age could have received anywhere.
Two of my children had the good fortune of starting out under her tutelage, and on occasion I had the opportunity to visit her classroom, which represented a scenario of panoramas appropriate to the particular season of the year.
I recall vividly on one of my visits in the early spring how impressed I was witha tree denoting the arrival of that season. It was decked with an array of paper robins, and on each bird there appeared the name of eachstudent, which she affectionately referred to in a group as her "little people."
Such a cheerful greeting was repeated with reminders of other seasonal changes, such as the coming of summer and the approaching of autumn, not to mention the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as other eventful dates on the calendar that are so much a part of our American heritage.
Hylda Wayson's family was one of the pioneers in the Odenton area, and certainly in the field of eduction she will be long remembered for the outstanding contributions she made to that profession.
To her sister, Sylvia, and to all other members of her family, a grateful Odenton extends its sincere sympathy over the loss of a good teacher, a good neighbor and a good friend, and as she journeys into eternity we proudly say: "Well done, thougood and faithful servant."
RETAIN TERM LENGTH
From: Gary P. Bunker
Representative Tom McMillen (D-4)is starting to make sense with his support of a constitutional amendment limiting the terms of office for members of Congress to twelve years. However, he is dead wrong in his support of changing the terms of office for members of the House of Representatives from two to four years. Such a move would be undemocratic and serve the interests solely of ambitious politicians.
It must be understood why U.S. senators have six-year terms and representatives have two-year terms. Senators represent entire states with competing interests and concerns. In order for them to make wise decisions, senators must think of the long-term, state-wide effects of their actions. Thus, they need long terms of office to insulate themselves from the swiftly changing tides of public opinion.
Representatives, on the other hand, represent the people of smaller districts whose internal interests are usually less in conflict than those of the people of the state as a whole. As agents of the people, not the states, representatives are directly accountable to the public will. While senators are the quasi-nobility of our republic, elected in intervals longer than the president, representatives arethe officials closest to the wishes and desires of the electorate.
While a vote cast by a senator at the beginning of his term will beforgotten in six years, every vote cast by a representative will be scrutinized if he stands for re-election.
Efforts to lengthen the terms of office for representatives will destroy its reason for existence.
For ambitious politicians, however, it is a godsend, allowing representatives to run for higher office without the risk of losingtheir current one. In this sense, representative McMillen is supporting an "incumbency protection amendment," not a "citizen-legislator good government amendment."
JOHNSON IS GOOD CHOICE
From: George Kelly
President, Black Officer's Association
The Black Officer's Association wishes to express its support for Capt. Norman Randall andLt. Gary Simpson. In recent weeks, there has been considerable discussion concerning these men's qualifications. As professional police officers, we respect their ability and leadership.
We would like totake this opportunity to commend Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and the City Council for confirming the appointment of Col. Joseph Johnson, an African-American, as deputy chief of police.
We look forward to working with Chief Harold Robbins, Col. Johnson and members of the City Council to provide the citizens of Annapolis with the best law-enforcement services possible.
It is time for everyone to work together to improve police and community relations. We pledge to do our part.