U.S. fueled Panamanian pandemonium
President Bush was foolish to think that the people of Panama, who suffered through the 1989 U.S. invasion of that country, would welcome him with open arms. The violent pandemonium that resulted during his recent visit to that country is a direct result of the same types of U.S. economic policy that fueled the fires in places like Los Angeles.
Although the 1989 invasion of Panama was under the pretense of democracy, it left massive destruction in Panama.
The toppling of Manuel Noriega's military regime, which was opposed to the continuation of U.S. control of the Panama Canal, wreaked economic and social havoc throughout that country. A very high percentage of Panamanians and their families depended heavily on military jobs for subsistence.
Like the people of many other Third World countries, Panamanians want and need help but are not too enthusiastic about U.S. attempts to continue to meddle in the affairs of their country.
President Bush's form of democracy bred violent pandemonium in Panama and is doing the same in all the little "Third World cities" across this country.
That is what went wrong in L.A. We saw it in the Sixties and we see it now in the Nineties. When economic opportunity is snatched away, when jobs are lost and people suffer as a result of economic warfare imposed on the "Third World cities" of this nation, when so many people are forced to spend day after day striving to obtain the mere necessities of food and shelter for survival, when no provisions are made for their subsistence or mobility, the breeding ground for violent pandemonium is seeded and reseeded.
Jennifer L. Coates
Rockfish die young in crab traps
I am concerned about the shortage of rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. As a homeowner whose property fronts on the bay, I have a pier and keep several crab traps there. From time to time, I've noticed rockfish caught in the 2-inch wire-netting traps. My neighbor has had the same experience.
It occurred to me that, in the entire bay, there must be thousands of fish caught in crab traps. These small rockfish are killed or wasted and will never reach maturity.
If the crab pots were redesigned with smaller meshed wire, this problem could be avoided. The rockfish population certainly would increase and we all would benefit.
Ellicott City In this time when there are many calls for education reform and many teachers feel undervalued and unappreciated, I feel that I must say thank you to my former teachers who have touched my life in so many ways.
I was raised in Essex, which can be characterized as a blue collar area where many do not have the resources or the encouragement to pursue college educations.
From my first experiences in Baltimore County's public schools and the county's Gifted and Talented Program (Middlesex Elementary, Holabird Middle and Kenwood High), I was encouraged not only to view college as a goal, but taught the academic and social skills necessary to attain that goal.
So as I graduated magna cum laude on May 31 from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County with a bachelor's degree in social work, I not only felt grateful to my family, but to my many teachers who gave me the skills to make my life what I want it to be.
These teachers will never know the impact they have had on my life. I am now faced with many opportunities to realize my potential and I will be continuing my education in the fall to pursue a master's degree.
We need to appreciate our teachers, our schools and our children. Most importantly, we all must remember that there are so many success stories and so many people who have been touched and shaped by their school experiences that it is vital to us all to nurture the institution of education.
Moreover, we all must remember that who we are and the paths we choose are products not only of our work, but the compilation of all of the forces on our lives.
Alissa Jean Schaub
Carrie Ramsay led
Carrie Ramsay led the way! At a time when a woman's place was in the home, she knew what she wanted and knew she was trained for more than being a mother and a housewife.
A Bryn Mawr College graduate, a president of the Baltimore League of Women Voters and an early candidate for the U.S. Congress, Carrie Ramsay was a skilled and trained person who knew that she was more than qualified to compete in what was then a man's world.
She did compete, and though often the odds were against her, she persisted. The Equal Rights Amendment confirmed what she already knew: Women were as able as men and deserve equal treatment.
She trained other women to believe that they too were competent and able to compete. Her contributions were many and continued even in the last year of her life.
As late as 1991, she established a foundation at Planned Parenthood and another at Bryn Mawr College, both of which furthered the rights of women. Carrie Ramsay deserves special recognition for leadership in our great city.
Thomas Waxter Jr.