Thanks, From Ferndale

Readers write

April 24, 1991

From: Judy Roberson

Ferndale Community Club

Just want to let you know how much Rosalie Falter (Anne Arundel County Sun Ferndale/Linthicum Community Correspondent) is appreciated.

The Ferndale Community Club's flea market, craft show and bake sale was a huge success.

The articles on both the space rental and the date of this event is what made the difference.

Thank you for this service to non-profit groups.

SUPPORT DAFFODIL DAYS

From: BethThompson

American Cancer Society

I would like to thank the Anne Arundel County Sun for its continued generosity and support.

More than 275,000 daffodils were sold during Daffodil Days, raising morethan $85,000 for the American Cancer Society's research, education and patient service programs.

Again, thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society.

THANKS TO CARING COUNTY

From: Mel Tansill

United Way of Central Maryland

Thank you for (the recent) news coverage of the 1990 United Way campaign results in Anne Arundel County.

The trend of limited government social spending makes it imperative that United Way services not be taken for granted.

Anne Arundel County residents last year made human services a county-wide priority through their record support of our campaign.

Their thanks can be found on the faces of the thousands of people being helped dailyby United Way.

The quality of life in Central Maryland is better today than it was yesterday because Anne Arundel County cares.

HANDS OFF SPORTS

From: Chuck Serio

Linthicum

For those of you who missed the March 31 episode of "This Week with David Brinkley" featuring Representative Tom McMillen, you didn't miss any displays of brilliance from the congressman. The segment he was on focused on the large numbers of college athletes who do not graduate from college. McMillen's major contribution to the show was that Congress ought to passlegislation regulating college athletics. In other words, McMillen was suggesting that sports, such as college basketball, be socialized.

McMillen has not yet learned that there are areas of life that Congress can not and should not micro-manage. Every college and university has different admission and graduation standards. It should be upto the individual to decide whether or not a school is right for him, not Congress. After all, a Congress that has not balanced a budget in over a decade is in no position to tell any responsible institution what to do.

Furthermore, who can say where Congress will draw the line on regulating sports? Will professional baseball, basketball, and football answer to a federal sports czar? Will problems concerning local Little League games be arbitrated by a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.? Will McMillen ask for the establishment of a Department of Sports and Recreation? Once Congress starts to meddle in something, it is impossible to say where it will stop.

Another question: Why is McMillen so interested in college sports? There are no four-year colleges in his district, and the nation is not begging for "reform." Perhaps it is because sports is all he knows. Let is not be said that he is out of his element on this issue. Tom may not know a whole lot about the budget deficit, but he sure knows a lot about basketball.

TWO CORRECTIONS

From: William Edward Pilcher

Glen Burnie

In your Thursday, April 11, 1991, edition of the Anne Arundel County Sun,there are at least two errors that I know of.

One takes place under the "Police Beat." There is no such thing as "Shepherd Pratt," theplace is named after its founder Moses Sheppard and later he was associated with Enoch Pratt, thus Sheppard Pratt.

Also on page 10, Ruth and Jim "Lower" should be shown as Rith and Jim Lowe, thank you very much.

HALT EDUCATION CUTS

From: Trista Jacobson

Severna Park

I am writing on behalf of the students of Anne Arundel County, particularly of Severna Park High School. The 1991-1992 school year finds us with a sparse choice in classes due to the budget cuts.

For many students, one or more classes have to be rescheduled because 20 or more students haven't signed up to (a certain) course. This is an inconvenience for both the counselors and the students. Students signed up to take an advanced placement course are now forced to fill their schedule with a "basket weaving" class.

Also, the classes will be crowded, some having as many as 40 students in the class. Individuals who need special attention in order to learn will be faced with barely any attention at all.

Not only has our education been restricted to whatever course the school seems fit to teach, but our voice (is gone) as well. So far as Severna Park High School goes, there maynot be a newspaper or a yearbook next year. I am only one in hundreds of shocked and scared voices of the next generation.

How can we compete with foreign countries if our education is being cut in orderto save some money? There must be another solution to our dire problems.

CALL FOR A TRUCE

From: Dominick Morea

North Linthicum

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