Girl's teams don't get equal support
I was glad to see that your editorial "SRO basketball" (Feb. 19). It's good to know that women's sports may finally be getting some recognition.
As a junior at Centennial High School in Howard County, I've experienced the negative feelings toward girls' sports. I play both basketball and lacrosse, and the attendance for both is very poor.
We play directly before the boys' varsity team during basketball season, so the most anybody usually sees of our game is the last five minutes -- and that only to insure that they get a good seat for the guys' game. Granted, there are a few people who come out to almost every game, but for the most part the girls' teams are not supported.
If our society is supposed to believe that men and women are equal, then how come athletics are not treated that way?
I hope more emphasis will be placed on women's athletics in the future and that sellout games like the one at the University of Maryland continue.
Gwinn Owens (Forum, Feb. 18) took offense to the implication that anyone who is "pro-choice" is also "anti-life."
He stated that, although he and his wife are "pro-choice," they have reared four children in a loving environment (by their "choice") thus serving as evidence that they are "pro-life."
However, rearing four children does not make one "pro-life," rather it makes one "pro-family." Being "pro-life" means that one believes that each conceived child has the inalienable right to live, and that this right is not extended to only a select, privileged few.
When one is "pro-choice," one is inevitably advocating the indiscriminate exercising of one person's right to choose over another's right to live. In this sense, being "pro-choice" most assuredly implies that one is "anti-life" for certain children.
It's predicted that the enrollment of new students in Baltimore County next year will increase by more than 4,000.
It is also predicted that at least 300 teachers, maybe more, will take a retirement incentive being offered by the county to those at the high end of the pay scale.
Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden stated at a meeting Feb. 21 that no new public employees, including teachers, will be hired now or in the coming fiscal year, because the money will not be there.
This scares us. We know that the teachers will not have the time to help our child or yours. Larger classes will also contribute to more discipline problems which will take away even more instructional time.
Roger W. and Donna M. Provost
Supt. Amprey is gunning for Evelyn Beasley
The role of School Superintendent Walter Amprey in the recent shooting at Roland Park Elementary-Middle School is lamentable. The integrity of the school should be protected against further assignment of "problem" students there.
School staffers, teachers, students and parents have been complaining for months about the assignment of students with disciplinary problems to Roland Park.Assignments have been made repeatedly over the protests of the school, and the assignments have been made with the direct knowledge and involvement of the school superintendent.
It is clear that Mr. Amprey has been gunning for school principals who have shown initiative and independence in the system. The assignment of "problem" students to Roland Park had the purpose of provoking a confrontation with Principal Evelyn Beasley, whose independent stature as a result of an outstanding record is well known.
Now that a predictable incident has occurred as a result of these assignments, Mr. Amprey should take the responsibility, not use it as an excuse to bash the Roland Park staff for its "failure to maintain proper discipline."
Mayor Schmoke's proposal for a special middle school to deal with troublesome middle school youngsters -- like the Francis W. Wood Alternative High School for older students -- should be pursued as an urgent priority. This would focus on the issue of ever younger "problem" students in the Baltimore public schools. Attention to this issue by School Superintendent Amprey early on might have averted shooting incidents like the one at Roland Park and avoided the wasteful, internecine conflict for authority in the school system.
Peter and Ina V. Savage
Polls should disclose more
I am getting fed up with the polls on every subject imaginable and the prominence they are given in the media where they are presented as absolute fact.
Any journalist knows that it is possible to get any predetermined result from any poll by the way the questions are solicited or phrased.
Let me give you an example. Question: "Should we increase spending on education or public health benefits or both?" Or: "Are better education and better public health benefits important to you?"
Most people would probably say that both were important. But when this result is reported it will come out as: "Most people will support taxes to improve education and public health."