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May 03, 1991

An inspired teacher with a sly grin

How sad it was to hear of the passing of H. Stanhope Hoskins, my class' esteemed mathematics teacher at Poly in the mid-1930s. He endeared himself to the students he taught and enriched their lives through genuine caring and concern.

Two of his favorite sayings, which reveal his wonderful sense of humor, have always stuck in my mind. One dealt with his attempts to calm our boisterous and fun-loving class, to get us to "settle down" for serious study:

"Assume an attitude of intelligence," he would say with a sly grin and half-smile. And when the bell rang at the end of the class period and we had to leave the classroom, Mr. Hoskins would stand by the side of the doorway to usher us out ` and with that same sly half-smile would tell us, "Now pass out quietly."

We students know that H. Stanhope Hoskins is not, as some earthly mathematician might be inclined to say, "just anther statistic" up there.

Israel S. Alpert

The writer graduated at Poly in 1937. &

Police complaints

I am shocked by the deplorable conduct of some of the members of the Baltimore County police. The recently disclosed incidents of racial harassment, discrimination and violence against African-Americans in Baltimore County is deplorable and cries out for strong remedial administrative actions.

Mr. Pennington of the local NAACP chapter is correct in calling for the resignation of Baltimore County Chief of Police Behan. Chief Behan spends entirely too much time and county money in junketing around the country. If the chief spent more time in Baltimore County and less time in Washington D.C., Annapolis and elsewhere, perhaps he would be aware of what his department has become. Chief Behan has lost the confidence of the citizens of Baltimore County. The new county executive should take a very close look at the ineffectiveness of the leadership of his police force.

Richard Lyons


Gutter press

The New York Times and NBC have stooped to gutter press. Would the name and picture of an alleged rape victim been published had she been a Kennedy, or a member of their own family? I don't believe so.

The message seems clear: A woman should expect to be raped by a date, and all males are animals and cannot be expected to control their sexual behavior. This is an insult to the average, decent male. A rapist is a brutal pervert. He should be treated as such by the press and the legal system, regardless of his name, race or religion.

Ruth Biddle


Kitty litter

I enjoyed reading the very interesting book review, "Kitty litter," by Jay Merwin (Other Voices, April 29). It was very witty, informative and good journalism.

I also enjoyed the excellent cartoon showing Kitty Kelley with her pen stuck in a bottle of bile. Kitty Kelley's hostile view of people shows in her books!

Betty D. Edlavitch


City friends

Reporter Jon Morgan concluded his recent analysis of the city's future prospects in Annapolis by noting the vocal opposition raised against Senate Bill 846, which contained a $10 million aid package for Baltimore.

What he did not say is that only 18 members of the Senate and 38 members of the House of Delegates voted for amendments to SB 846 that were harmful to the city's interest. On final passage, the legislation passed the Senate, 36-11. The vote in the House was 107-19.

Citizens and elected officials from Baltimore must continue to educate our colleagues about the crucial nature of additional state support for Baltimore. However, a clear majority of the General Assembly is already receptive to legislation that addresses the city's special needs.

Samuel I. Rosenberg

The writer represents the 42nd District in the House of 8 Delegates.

Gulf blunder

Over a million Kurdish men, women and children are homeless and hungry. They are in that position because President Bush did not see fit to follow the Desert Storm commander's advice to continue after Saddam Hussein.

Anyone with an ounce of intelligence knew that if we did not get Saddam, he would continue his mayhem, murder and destruction.

Bob Crooks


Drug lesson

I think Dan Rodricks used poor judgment when he outlined in detail the definition of the illegal drug "ready rock," the method of its preparation, its purpose and method of use (Evening Sun, April 24). Until his article, a number of people had no idea how cocaine was processed into a drug called "ready rock." Thanks to him, an untold number of people, mostly young, will be harmed in some way through the thorough but unnecessary lesson he provided.

Information relating to circumstances that led to Alston's death constitutes reporting. Detailing how to manufacture and use an illegal drug can only lead to harm for others. In the future, when he reports on similar situations, I hope he will at least consider the views written here.

Arthur Woodford


Weak reason

Regarding the Brady Bill and the seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases, opponents object primarily because of the inconvenience to legal buyers.

This is an extremely weak reason, especially if passage of the bill results in saving lives and reducing current crime statistics.

Bill Arwady


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