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May 16, 1991

Business involvement at Poly

When I graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1958, Baltimore enjoyed probably the finest public school system in the nation. Poly, City, Eastern, Western and Forest Park were names that produced scholars equal to graduates from any other public or private school system in the country.

Now, it is different. Everyone says so, so it must be true. Or is it? The president recently addressed the nation's education crisis. The bottom line is business must take a leadership role. The governor and his educational advisers recently addressed the education crisis. The bottom line is, business must get involved. The Greater Baltimore Committee recently addressed the education crisis. Again, the same bottom line: Business must get involved.

Well, businesses are involved at Poly. Thousands of volunteer hours and significant financial contributions are being invested in supplementing the educational program at Poly. The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association believes this investment is paying off. On April 17, 47 business representatives conducted seminars for Poly students on Engineering Day. They discussed career opportunities, what they do each day and how everyone can make it if they work hard.

The public should know about Poly's successful Engineering Day. Business firms must be involved in all the schools if Baltimore's educational prominence is to be restored. The entire region will gain from this effort. After all, helping each other helps everyone.

J. Gary Lee

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association 3

Policy disaster

One sure way to save taxpayers money would be to stop paying unwed women for having babies. There would definitely be a drop in the number of children born out of wedlock if the state refused to pay for their care.

Let these women know that the social services will not support them and their children, and we will save a lot of money that could be diverted to better causes. What kind of society are we perpetuating? Children without fathers positively are missing out on a lot in life, and we the taxpayers are losing, too.

When will we come to our senses and end this self-perpetuating disaster for everyone?

Tina Marie Ruby


Huge mistake

The proposed closing of the College of Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland College Park would be a huge mistake. To effect even greater savings and do less harm to the welfare of the state of Maryland, the university should close instead the College of Education.

There are state universities in all parts of Maryland, each offering courses and degrees in education. There is only one College of Library and Information Science in Maryland. It has waiting lists of students anxious to get into the classes offered.

In the highly technical world of today, the organization of and access to information becomes increasingly significant. How to select, organize and get at masses of information is what students in the College of Library and Information Science are trained to do.

To send Maryland residents, along with their tuition fees, to North Carolina or New Jersey for library training would be extremely short-sighted. In addition, information specialists who train in Maryland are more likely to stay to work in Maryland. The university might also emphasize the liberal arts path to preparing teachers for Maryland public schools. Both goals present a no-lose situation for the university, for students and learners and for the state.

Marjorie Plitt

The writer is a retired college librarian. /

Better city housing

"Baltimore and Beyond" (May 5) was a great Sunday supplement. Baltimore is truly the economic and entertainment capital of Maryland, and its restoration as a good place to live should be of primary concern to all Marylanders.

Our former mayor, now governor, did a excellent job of restoring the business district. What is now needed is someone who can do the same for the residential sections.

The city has the power to improve the lifestyle of the majority of its residents through a housing code. If enforced, it can compel homeowners and landlords to create and maintain decent housing.

The Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood seems to be an area where cooperation is working. In other neighborhoods strict enforcement and fines for violations must be a certainty when cooperation does not exist. It is unacceptable when a month after a serious complaint is filed, no action has been taken. Enforce the laws and make Baltimore a better place to live.

Charles D. Connelly


Images of disability

On May 1 The Evening Sun ran a story about th demonstrations at the Health Care Financing Administration in Woodlawn ("Disabled protesters block HCFA worker - demonstrators make a point about freedom.")

The article clearly explained what the demonstrators wanted. They wanted government money to be "shifted away from nursing homes and toward payment for attendants who can care for the disabled in their own homes."

In spite of such clear statements, it is apparent to me that many people have no idea why normal life was disrupted by the demonstrations. One explanation is that people with disabilities were portrayed as different from the stereotypes. Rather than the familiar images of bitter recluses or poster children, the people with disabilities were assertive and vocal. I urge Marylanders not to let their surprise blind them to the issues. I also urge them to become familiar with these issues; they affect many people.

Nathan Butler


Poor coverage

On May 7 I attended a lecture by Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The lecture was at St. John's Church, at 27th and St. Paul streets, at 8 p.m. It was attended by over 170 people.

Where were your reporters?

As a subscriber, I expect reasonable coverage of local events. Why should I subscribe to a newspaper that doesn't even bother to send a reporter to a major local political event?

Chris Lamb


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