In hard times, schools need help, not vitriol
Sen. Thomas Bromwell's recent letter about the Baltimore County public schools goes well beyond his usual posturing and ends up in the exact "gutter" he accuses schools Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel of occupying.
Here are the facts:
The "parasitic, privileged . . . over-indulged and bloated bureaucracy" to which Bromwell refers actually ranks 22nd of the 24 school systems in the state with regard to the ratio of central office employees to school-based employees. During his visits to the schools in his district, surely the senator couldn't help but notice that everyone teachers and administrators alike wore more than one hat.
The "fat and happy" administrators who have "cars with car phones and authority to take these vehicles home" have for years been charged mileage for their trips, a practice the county executive now proposes for his staff.
About the only factual statement that the senator makes in his tirade is that "these are hard times." They are indeed, and the times demand cooperation and understanding, not petulance and vitriol. Sen. Bromwell's comments amount to little more than shooting from the hip. Not one of his suggestions shows the least amount of thought or research.
Richard E. Bavaria
The writer is manager of the Office of Public Information for the B Baltimore County schools.
Arrogance of power
Sen. Thomas Bromwell turned his back on Parkville, Hillendale, Perry Hall, Overlea and Fullerton during the just-completed special session on congressional redistricting. All these communities have long been part of the 2nd District, now represented by Helen Bentley. To further his own political aspirations, Bromwell convinced the Senate to place these communities, containing thousands of constituents, in the 3rd District of Ben Cardin. He realized he could never defeat Helen Bentley, so this would be his only avenue to Congress.
The people of these communities deserve better from their elected officials. We are tired of the arrogance of this Baltimore County Democrat.
I urge all of those good Democrats who have supported Helen Bentley to finally change parties and register Republican, and help us build a real two-party system in Baltimore County. This arrogance of power must be stopped.
John J. Bishop
The writer is a delegate from the 9th District.
Dan Rodricks' column on recycling was welcome recognition of the grassroots energy for curbside recycling in Baltimore County. It is important to stress that a well-designed recycling program costs less than regular trash collection.
If Baltimore city can do it, so can the county. As Rodricks noted, "There's really nothing to it. Try it!"
The writer is a member of the Baltimore Recycling Coalition and publisher of the Baltimore Recycler.
Shamir and Arafat
During the British occupation of Palestine, ex-Prime Minister Menachem Begin and present Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir were both branded as terrorists. Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat has also been branded as a terrorist for doing the same things that Begin and Shamir were doing to establish a homeland for their people.
Unless the Shamir government includes in the peace process the PLO, which most Palestinians regard as their only hope for a truly representative voice, there will never be a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Keep pool opened
It was recently announced that the pool at Dundalk Community College will be closed to the public. That would be a mistake.
I swim every morning before work due to a health-related problem, as do many other individuals. It will cost far more in future health-care costs if this facility is closed to individuals like myself. Closing the pool to the "handicapped" may even be a violation of the newly passed Americans with Disabilities Act.
The pool will remain open to students; thus, maintenance costs will be the same. The "logic" of closing the facility to the community is that the cost of a lifeguard is more than we, who use the pool, now pay. I, however, would be willing to pay twice the monthly fee to keep the pool open, as would several others who use the pool, although those on fixed incomes should not be expected to pay more.
The pool should not be closed to the public. Instead, officials ought to be able to use some kind of creative financing to avert the long-term health costs of closing the facility.
Deborah J. Zygmunt
At age 43, Prince Charles is still not king of England. Queen Elizabeth II may prove to be as tough a ruler as was Queen Victoria, who was on the throne more than 60 years.
Joseph Thaddeus Kasprzak