Editor: As the rabbi quoted in the Nov. 14 article, ''Confidence Spurs Pikesville's Success,'' I must take strong exception to the thrust of the article.
Your reporter called me and said she was writing an article about the high standards students at Pikesville High School had achieved on the Maryland School Performance Report. As a non-Jew, she asked me for a ''little understanding'' of the high rate of student absences at Pikesville on Jewish holidays. That ''little understanding'' turned into nearly half the article -- speculating on the synagogue attendance habits of Pikesville's students.
In the very same issue of The Sun, you carried a ''news'' article, ''Palestinian Delegates To Peace Talks Take Case To Their Own People,'' describing the meetings the Palestinian delegates to the Madrid peace conference are having with their people, explaining the new realties and hopes for peace. In that article, the writer proclaims: ''The meetings are in stark contrast to the Israeli government's total lack of any effort to prepare its citizens for peace.''
Really? For 43 years the Israeli people and their leaders have been prepared for peace. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have marched in their streets under the banner of ''Peace Now.'' Does anyone recall one such rally in an Arab country? In Israel there are 50 organizations working for Arab-Jewish co-existence. Not one such organization exists in any of the 20 Arab countries.
So an article intended to stress the success of Pikesville High School ends up making Jewish kids look bad. An article intended to show a change in the thinking of Palestinian Arabs ends up making the Jews of Israel look bad.
Am I missing something here or is it simply that Ecclesiastes is being proven correct once again: ''There is nothing new under The Sun.''
The writer is rabbi of Beth Tfiloh Congregation.
Editor: The article in the Oct. 21 Sun about Stanislav Rembski and the Nov. 11 letter and photograph of him prompt me to write this.
When I was a teacher at Eastern High School in the 1950s, Mr. Rembski was commmissioned to paint a portrait of the principal, A Marguerite Zouck. In it, he brought out the patrician quality of this remarkable woman whose right hand, in the painting, is resting lightly in the ruff of her beautiful collie, Silver. The personality of Silver was as well depicted as that of his owner.
Shortly thereafter, I saw the large painting of three of the DuPont children, which was done for the music room in the family mansion. The youngest of the children is seated on a pony, painted so life-like that I was almost tempted to reach out and pet it.
Another Rembski painting which focused on an animal was that of Rebecca Tansil's international champion white miniature Andechez poodle.
Stanislav Rembski's paintings of animals are not well-known nor are his sensitive still lifes which, those who own them, regard as little gems.
Another facet of his talents is revealed in his paintings of interiors. All who have attended functions at the center of The Engineering Society will recall the Rembski paintings of the magnificent foyer and circular staircase. These not only illustrate Mr. Rembski's skill as a painter, but also his early training as an engineer in Poland. The perspective in the two paintings at the Engineering Society would be difficult for most artists to handle.
I feel that these little-known facts about Stanislav Rembski's work should be brought to readers' attention.
Margery W. Harriss.
Editor: I was one of the more than 57,000 fans who paid $24 to see Maryland play Penn State at Memorial Stadium recently.
Very cleverly printed in small type on the ticket was information that the price included tax and "$2.00 Facilities Renewal Contribution."
Translated into Baltimorese, this means we locals paid an assessment to correct the construction defects in the sky boxes at College Park and assure that Maryland never again plays in Baltimore.
To paraphrase another football fan, if you want to keep stray Terrapins out of your yard, erect goal posts or hire Andy Geiger.
William T. S. Bricker.
Editor: An article by Peter Hermann headlined, ''By helping the homeless, woman wins herself a home,'' in the Oct. 27 Sunday Sun, contains some misinformation which I feel should be corrected.
First of all, both headlines associated with the article indicated that I won the home myself, when in fact, I sold the winning ticket to my husband, Robert Gilwee.
Secondly, I became involved in ''The House With A Heart'' effort after attending a presentation coordinated by Louis Grasmick in the spring. Mr. Grasmick invited several school administrators to join him after school one afternoon, and upon hearing the details of the project, many of us decided to become involved in the effort to help the homeless people of Maryland.