From: Yvonne T. Hicks
Senior Volunteer Program
On behalf of the RSVP Advisory Council, staff and volunteers of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, we would like to express our gratitude for the fine coverage of our program in a recent article in the Anne Arundel County Sun.
The interview by Jennifer Keats and picture session conducted by your staff impressed our volunteers considerably.
We have received numerous positive responses to the article, and it will aid us greatly in our public relations and recruitment efforts.
TEENS DESERVE CREDIT
From: Robert G. Pepersack Sr.
Sheriff, Anne Arundel County
I wish to compliment you on your article of Sunday, April 21, 1991 ("Student's arresting design adopted by sheriff"), on the honoring of Matthew Raschka, a 17-year-old student of Old Mill High, for his winning design ofthe new insignia for the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office.
Too often, all that is heard of youth is bad. Young people involved in drugs, shootings and other crimes seem to dominate the daily headlines, while the great majority of our youth are good sons and daughters,good students, and achievers working to take their place in our society.
Matthew Raschka is just that type of young man: a good son tohis parents and an achiever, both scholastically and athletically, in school. I thank the Anne Arundel County Sun for applauding the unsung efforts of the majority of our youth in reporting outstanding success.
IDEAS FOR YOUTH PROGRAM
From: Larry Griffin
Ilive in Annapolis and I am writing this letter because I would like someone to address both a problem and an opportunity I see.
I am 41 years old, and for 24 years, I was involved with drugs. I sought help because I got tired of it. I was tired of not having money, not caring about myself and tired of being a piece of trash in my own hometown.
When I hit the bottom, I got in touch with God, and with his help, I went to a rehab center in June of 1988. I have been clean forthree years and am very proud of how I turned my life around. But when I look around, I see so many people in the same mess I was in.
(After 15 months of being clean) I wanted to help other people who had the problem I did. I talked with our mayor's people about doing counseling, but they said that I had to be clean for two years before I could work with others. I had a message to share with people who werein trouble like I was, but I couldn't get past the politicians who think they own the
drug problem as their own personal issue.
There is a facility in Annapolis that was once a black high school. It is called Bates, and it has been sitting vacant for many years. Peoplehere, particularly the black community, want to see that place savedand put to good use.
I would like to see it opened as a learning center. It is a big school, and could take on a number of projects. It could be a home and a work place for the homeless, a place to teachskills. It could be a recreation center to teach sports. It could bean art center, to develop the talent that so many of these kids fromthe projects have, but have no place to go to learn.
Kids need a place to go. They need something to do. And most importantly, they need someone positive to do things with.
I know of at least 50 people with skills who would be willing to give their time to work with the community to teach at Bates.
The big problem is money and, of course, commitment. I know that you will be looking at different ways to address the drug issue. I think that this is one good place to start. I am tired of seeing so many young lives wasted like mine once was. Please do something to give these kids a place to go and something to do.
I don't want to see anyone else die from drugs.
Believe me, it will be a big step in this town for people who need help. It is truly a matter of life or death.