Shortchanging schools is self-defeatingIs this any way to...

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November 06, 1991

Shortchanging schools is self-defeating

Is this any way to treat the students of the taxpayers of our state? I really feel the state of Maryland and Baltimore County have their priorities fouled up. The proposal to cut money from the budget for the music programs, mainly transportation, is the last straw. These kids represent the silent majority of children in the state who go to school, stay off the streets and in general do not cause problems.

What happens to these kids when positive reinforcement programs are scaled back? They wind up in the street getting into mischief or worse.

The most wonderful and longest-lasting product that the state and county can produce are future leaders. With the way school budgets are being cut, we will be putting out a less-than-satisfactory product.

How can we even think of putting up another stadium and spending another $10 million on the airport and shortchanging the kids? Enough is enough!

We have books in social studies programs that are at least 15 years old. The kids are receiving ditto sheets in math because there aren't enough books available. (Ditto sheets that are almost unreadable.) Our schools are in bad shape, but we do have a new stadium! There are classes being held in trailers at many schools. There are as many as 30 pupils in some classes.

This to us does not make sense. The children who are now in school are our future tax base.With the way things are going now, there will not be much of a tax base.

If the state can hold a lottery to build a stadium, why can't the state have one for the schools?

Rosalee Bognanni Sommerville

Thomas I. Sommerville


Without malice

There is no more malice intended toward Native Americans by Atlanta fans' chants and chops than there is toward "patriotic" Americans by Baltimoreans shouting "O" during the National Anthem. Both acts are lame-brained but harmless.

After all, we tolerate John McEnroe offending everyone while he plays tennis.

Dave Reich


Young people care

I once lived in a small community in Owings Mills where the land was beautiful and the air was clean. Over the years, I have watched the construction of factories, large businesses, shopping malls, expensive housing and highways. With this construction came the tearing up of the land, the killing of the wildlife and pollution. I know that this goes on all over, not only in this country, but all over the world. It appalls me to see what we are doing to our beautiful country and our health and well-being as well.

Do we have no respect for nature or are we interested only in making a buck?

Just the other day, one of my co-workers made a comment that angered me as well as made me think. She said that the youth of today are so screwed up that no one dares think what this world will be like in the future. But the youth of today would not be the way they are if it weren't for the society of today.

I still consider myself a part of this group, and there is a lot that is misunderstood about us. If people, such as the one who made the comment, would talk to these young people, they would realize we are quite concerned about the environment and society of today. We see many things wrong, but we don't know how to go about changing them. The only ways we know how to express our feelings are through music and, unfortunately, rebellion.

Sherry Ferguson

Owings Mills

Too much junk

Why must we have junk mail? Must we pay $14 an hour to postal employees to have a government monopoly to safeguard millions of pieces of junk?

There should and must be a better way. For those who like junk, great. For the rest of the American public, please, a change.

Todd Smith


Term limits snag

A recent "It's Your Call" telephone poll not surprisingly revealed that 83 percent of callers said members of the Senate should be restricted by term limits and 81 percent said the House of Representatives should have terms limited.

The next big question is who is expected to sponsor the bills for term limitations. Will it be the same incompetents who voted themselves unwarranted pay raises while doing nothing about the deficit and clowning away in Washington?

Henry Seim


Wise investment

Maryland community colleges have given taxpayers an excellent rate of return on their investment. The proof is found in accountability studies, student evaluations, evaluations of students by employers and in the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who have benefited from their local community colleges.

Good investments, like the community colleges, should be protected against budget cuts. There are no easy choices, but priorities might be based on the rate of return on the investment. Investment in people brings increased productivity and a broader tax base.

As a graduate of Essex Community College, I am one of thousands of Marylanders who have returned the investment. Others who have benefited should speak out in support of Maryland's network of comprehensive community colleges. Without your voice the vision will fade, and the loss will be great.

Michael Galiazzo


Times of confusion

Why, after a generation or two, does daylight-saving time still generate utter confusion even in the media?

Both the WBAL-TV weatherman and the CBS network news anchor said that people who forgot to turn back their clocks Oct. 27 would arrive late on Sunday. How about an hour early gentlemen?

And the topper: Displayed on the front page of The Evening Su (Oct. 25) were the words, "Fall backward. Most of the United States will return to daylight-saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday. Adjust your timepieces accordingly."

George N. Lucas


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