Let private sector run city schools
It is interesting that while Baltimore city owns only five golf courses, they were losing $500,000 a year when they were under city management and now, after being leased to a non-profit corporation, they have turned the deficit into more than $800,000 profit last year.
All this was accomplished through improvements in the quality of the courses and equipment as well as by providing better services.
The state has recently arranged to turn the management of the Hickey School over to a private corporation. This is expected to result in savings while at the same time to provide rehabilitation to the residents of Hickey School instead of simple warehousing.
Think of what could be accomplished if the Department of Education were run by a private corporation. For starters, the business department and physical plant offices should be managed and operated by people trained in these fields. In the past, experienced teachers have been promoted to these front office positions.
Metropolitan-area private and parochial schools have an impressive record of quality education despite lean budgets. Considering there are about 185 city schools and many other buildings, the savings would be phenomenal, and the standards of education could only go in one direction - up.
Another transit system? Is Baltimore attempting to become the city with the most variety of transit modes and only a hit-or-miss chance for connections between them?
The heavy-rail Metro doesn't provide service to either railroad station. It has only one stop in the central business district, and it will not connect with the light-rail trolley.
The light-rail system revives two century-old rights-of-way that once provided commuter service to the central business district but will now parallel existing MARC train routes on the south and carry passengers to and from Hunt Valley. There will be a connection at Camden Station enabling one to go back south and eventually a spur to Penn Station.
The latest mode of transportation - a 3,700-foot-long monorail corridor, provides another dangling link. Touted as being designed, constructed and operated by private enterprise, any guesses as to who will eventually foot the bill once construction is too far along and the project is deemed no longer profitable?
Ronald L. Buchman
High court politics
The present controversy over the nomination of Clarence Thomas is a glaring example of the politicizing of the Supreme Court.
Should a position that requires knowledge and experience in constitutional law be occupied by a person who has to court the approval of special-interest groups and, in effect, promise that his future decisions will be slanted to their demands?
In their own way, special-interest groups are as biased as their opponents and should not have the power to interfere with the appointment of justices to the Supreme Court.
This letter is in reference to the recent Baltimore County softball tournament in which four boys were on what was supposed to be a girl's softball team.
I understand that many girls are now seeking places on all-boy sports teams. However, I thinks it's a foregone conclusion that these girls (whether advised by their parents or coaches) are aware of and accept the risk of playing on a co-ed team.
The issue is entirely different when you have girls who have joined a girls' softball league and encounter boys on other teams. There's little room for debate when it comes to comparing the strength of an 11- to 14-year-old boy against a girl of the same age. It was ridiculous for the Turners Station team to refer to the dispute as racially motivated.
Vote them out
Our "Ship of State" is fast sinking under the heavy load of senatorial "rats" who irresponsibly vote taxes upon taxes, spend without end, run up a $3 trillion deficit and now dip into an already empty till.
I think these rats should have help in deserting this sinking ship come Election Day. Taxpayers should rouse themselves from their apathy and act. This Senate pay raise must not be permitted to stand.
Blanche K. Coda