Join The Gravy Train

Readers write

May 26, 1991

From: George L. Greenwood

Glen Burnie

A few months back I commented in a letter about the local politicians seeking another term in office and the fringe benefits that are part of the office.

In my letter I urged young people to seek those jobs, because private industry could never match the benefits.

Baltimore County offers a pension after one term of four years on the County Council. Our state officials tour Europe and other areas at taxpayers' expense.

In many cases you will have the use of an automobile -- at no cost to you to operate. You will be in a position to raise your salary with the cooperation of your fellow members of the County Council!

You will be able to buy land sold with the possibility of a road being built and increasing the value.

The old quote, "Go west young man," I would change to, "Get into politics."

I have never heard of a political job-holder suffering from any waiting inline at the Welfare Center!

GET BEHIND THE PARADE

From: Martha C.Buecke

Baltimore

I don't know how much effect this letter willhave, but I do hope you take the time to read it.

As I have listened to all the coverage that the Preakness Parade and others receive from the newspapers, radio and television (whichI think is great), I think of how little coverage that the "I Am An American Day Parade" received. It's as though no one is interested in this parade as they are in the others.

Although the Preakness Day Parade, as well as the St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving Day Parade, etc., have been around for years, so has the "I Am An American Day Parade."

Has the public forgotten what this parade signifies? It gives thanks to all of themen and women who fought and died for our country and how proud we are to be an American.

Is no one interested in donating his or her time or money to make this parade as successful as the other parades?Or will this parade just fade away and die?

Most people aren't aware as to how much money, time and effort are put into keeping a parade going from year to year.

It would be nice if the public as wellas the many businesses in the Baltimore area and surrounding communities would get together to help make this parade a big success.

The hotels, Realtors, restaurants, radio and television stations, etc. could group together with each of their associations to come up with an idea for a float. The different community organizations could alsodo the same.

Although our county isn't perfect, it is still better than most.

If anyone would like to make a donation, they can send their donations to:

Anthony DiPietro III

225 S. Clinton Street

Baltimore, Md. 21224

The parade is held every September around Labor Day. If you would like to donate your time to help make this parade a success, please call Joan Reitz at 325-5400 and leave a message.

Remember, this is our country and if it wasn't for our forefathers fighting for this country, we wouldn't have what we have today.So let's continue to show how proud we are to be an American.

I do hope that your organization will not only take the time to promote the "I Am An American Day Parade," but will also make this parade as successful as the many other parades.

LAX COACH OFFERS REBUTTAL

From: Mary A. Hart

Head Coach

Broadneck women's lacrosse

Afterreading "Sidelines" in The Anne Arundel County Sun, May 19, 1991, I feel compelled to offer a response. You discussed severalissues and reached conclusions without hearing from all sides. The issues are as follows:

1. County coaches ought to give up selecting All-County teams.

2. You implied that women lacrosse coaches allowed personal grievances and conflicting personalities to cloud their judgment in selecting All-County performers.

3. You stated, "Broadneck coach, Mary Hart, simply does not bother to call in stats." You imply that I lack concern for my athletes and deprive them of an opportunity to receive a college scholarship.

I will address each issue as listed:

1. To be selected a head coach at any Anne Arundel County school, you must demonstrate your knowledge of the game, ability to teach andcommunicate to the students, and uphold the ideals, standards and objectives of the program.

Most schools require coaches to be interviewed by the principal and athletic director and to receive approval from the Board of Education before being awarded a position. Every attempt is made to hire the most qualified person available. Coaching requires time, discipline, dedication, patience, understanding, and knowledge and love of the game. We expect coaches to possess all of these traits; yet you claim that we are incapable of making the "right choice" in selecting proven performers.

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