Maryland voters, whether pro-life or pro-abortion, need to study S.B. 162 (which will be voted on in a referendum in November). The Sun would do its readers a tremendous service by publishing the legislation in its entirety.
Those wishing a copy of the bill may request it from the Department of Legislative Reference, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, 21401.
milie J. Taber
Caspar Weinberger is the latest to have been selected by special prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh to play Jean Valjean to his, Mr. Walsh's, Javert. Nothing in recent history so parallels Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" -- the relentless pursuit of a crime by an over-zealous fanatical "servant of the law."
Sadly in the current production, a 5 1/2 -year-in-the-making super spectacular $30 million epic, the cost is being borne by ordinary taxpayers to satisfy the political yearnings of a Democratic Congress, which wants nothing more than to destroy the image of a former very popular Republican president and a sitting Republican president who just happens to be running for re-election.
The Iran-Contra affair threatens no one, but the possibility of a Republican winning the White House threatens the Democratic Party, and that is why we have $30 million wasted in a futile vendetta so enthusiastically pursued by liberal Democrats in the so-called House of Representatives.
Stanley M. Bell Jr.
Your newspaper's articles on the Baltimore city public schools have been completely honest and fair.
Having grown up in the city and in its schools, I felt a loyalty to give them a fair opportunity to educate my son. He went to what is supposed to be a better elementary school (Mount Washington) and briefly attended what is supposed to be one of the better middle schools (Fallstaff).
After entering Dumbarton Middle in Baltimore County, it was quickly clear that he lacked basic skills in math, English and studying habits. These weaknesses had been masked by good grades given to him in the city.
Having observed both city and county classes myself, I have witnessed a lack of initiative on the part of the administration and teachers in the city. At his elementary school graduation, the principal spoke of the students' needs to be satisfied with limited goals since they could not all be doctors or other types of professionals. My son is now enjoying a positive academic and ** extracurricular program in Baltimore County.
The poor quality of education he received in Baltimore City was the result of low expectations and lack of imagination on the part of teachers and administrators who were unable to figure out how to make use of the resources and eager students and parents they had at their disposal.
Robert L. Schwartz
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke maintains that removing his daughter from Roland Park Elementary School (The Sun, June 17) is not a hypocritical action on his part.
He gives no specific reason for this. But possibly one reason might be the "third world look" of the grounds in front of the school, where the daily litter shows above the red earth and the few strands of grass beside the remaining scrawny hedge.
Since image is so important nowadays and since the mayor and the city have been unable to keep the grounds of this school presentable, as an alumnus of this school, I call on:
1. Alumni to donate funds to plant grass on these grounds and have mature hedges (preferably barberry) planted around the walkways.
2. Additional alumni funds be given for perpetual maintenance.
3. Mayor Schmoke to sow the first seeds and plant the first barberry bush as a means of maintaining the image.
L This alumnus is prepared to donate funds for such a project.
N. W. Reid
Too Much Shame
Do I detect a cliche in your June 17 Letters to the Editor section?
I found three instances: "Shame on George Bush and Dan Quayle . . .," "Shame on Perot . . ." and "Shame on network television . . ."
It was my privilege, recently, to have been present when Otis Warren formally announced the start of work on the City Crescent project.
When Mr. Warren, who is African American, stated that without the involvement and commitment of his partners, David Evans ** and Stephen Garchik of the Evans Company, Crescent City would not have been possible, it occurred to me that we were witnessing something of great importance. Mr. Evans and Mr. Garchik are both white. There is a vital lesson here for us all.
Through these acts of free association and choice, as is so characteristic of our democratic and pluralistic society, Messrs. Warren, Evans and Garchik stepped into history.
At the same time, this unique trio did boldly and, I think, courageously take the aims of affirmative action and related programs to their logical and intended conclusion: African Americans achieving -- on merit -- an equity and mainstream business position.