City school system is top heavy
With the new school year upon us, I would like to thank Councilman Joseph "Jody" Landers for introducing a bill in June that would reallocate funds from the Baltimore city school administration into the classroom, where it belongs. Finally, someone knows where the money should go.
There are entirely too many administrators on North Avenue. We need to start restructuring the administrative aspect of education and putting more resources in the classrooms. As Councilman Curran noted, "all these chiefs and very few Indians."
It is very sad when parents are left with the burden of raising money for books, teachers,supplies, etc. so that our children can receive the education they deserve.
Students are now using outdated text books, and they are not allowed to write in their workbooks, because the schools do not know if they will ever get new ones. This is unfair to our children.
The children of our city are our future. If the funds are not there to properly educate them, then Baltimore will not be "the city that reads."
Write it right
On Aug. 9, the Money Today section of The Evening Su showed a picture of my wife, Adele Leutner, at the opening of the new Montgomery Ward store in Security Mall.
She received many congratulations on the nice picture which appeared, but every person said "Adele, your name was spelled wrong." (Dele Lewtner).
Adele said she was wearing a name badge with "Adele" clearly printed on it and that she spelled her last name three times to the staff person ` "Leutner."
As an everyday reader, I am just hoping for quality from your staff.
What's a milestone?
Recent articles regarding the walk for the March of Dimes glossed over a certain confusion in the collecting process. In years past, we walked in miles. Everyone understood miles, and when someone pledged so much "per mile," it was easy to explain and to collect.
More recently, the trail has been marked in kilometers. People need this terminology translated into miles. They still want to pledge per mile.
This year, the March of Dimes chose "milestones" for people to walk. What is the distance of a milestone? People want to pledge per mile, not some contrived designation made up by the March of Dimes. One reason why the money collection has not been as high as anticipated is because the distance designation hasn't been clear.
I walked in April, but I will not support the cause in October. I think the walkers and those pledging should expect language and distances they can understand.
Lynette S. Reagan
The real obstacle to Middle East peace is not the "settlements" but Islam's hatred and intolerance of the "Western" influence and presence in what Islamics believe to be their land and territory.
The so-called "occupied territories" were not called that when the Arab nations had control of them. For 19 years, until 1967, when they were lost to Israel in a war the Arabs started, Jordan, Syria and Egypt could have given the Palestinians these territories. Settlements are an issue now only because of Arab religious and political intolerance.
Since the day Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed the rank of captain of our "ship of state," we have been drifting slowly toward full blown socialism. We now have subsidized farm programs, as well as dairy programs, housing programs, commercial fishermen's programs, public transportation systems. You name it; it's subsidized. We also have an ever-growing number of subsidized people ` or people on welfare programs.
Now, like the alcoholic, Howard Brassington (Forum, Aug. 22) thinks "a hair from the back of the dog that bit us" is the answer.
Blanche K. Coda
Is Gorbachev another Hamlet?
When Mikhail Gorbachev retires, he can always become a personnel recruitment consultant.
No new taxes
Regarding recent newspaper stories on the state's revenue problems: Would we be seeing all of these facts if state legislators were seeking a salary increase? I don't think so. When lawmakers want to raise their salaries, they always hide as much as possible from the taxpayers. If they addressed important problems instead of pet projects, the money would be there.
Taxpayers have exactly the same problems with their income as do the "money boys" in Annapolis. But they learn to get by with less. The state will have to make do with less, too; our pockets are empty. People are fed up with wide-eyed politicians who feed off our labors.
Robert Lee Barnes