Guess, yes; educated, no
From: Suzanne Stringer
As a teacher, I must respond to William Korvin's recent column on our schools ["An educated guess: Our schools are not up to snuff," The Anne Arundel County Sun, July 5, 1992].
Mr. Korvin made the statement that "after the first year of teaching, planning is complete."
Nothing could be further from the truth. Teachers do not always teach the same courses each year or use the same textbook, which necessitates a new plan for the course. Additionally, many teachers are creative people who continue to develop new activities for students.
I find particularly offensive Mr. Korvin's remark that "the only reason teachers take work home is that teachers waste enormous amounts of time during the day doing what they do best -- talking." When I take work home, it is often because I have utilized my after-school planning time to help students interested in improving their performance.
I would also like to bring attention to a point that is often overlooked. Teachers are required to obtain either a master's degree or master's equivalency by the 10th year of teaching. Not only is this time-consuming but also very expensive, given that teachers are only reimbursed approximately 25 percent of their tuition. I can think of no other profession in this salary range that requires its members to obtain an advanced degree. I do not feel that I am overpaid in light of all my responsibilities.
Mr. Korvin, maybe no one is asking you to fix the problems with our education system because you have demonstrated by your lack of knowledge that you are not qualified to do so.
Merchant, spare the ax
From: Jeffrey Hudson
I was dismayed to see a tree-trimming crew cutting the branches up approximately 30 feet on a beautiful oak at Route 648 and Ritchie Highway. The tree is a local landmark and is over 100 years old.
Throughout all the road reconfigurations it has been saved, much to the delight of local residents and communities. Not only does the tree provide noise and pollution control, it helps hide road and commercial activity in the area.
There was absolutely no reason to trim this tree. It was already trimmed up to 12 to 15 feet, allowing good visibility along the roads.
So why was this tree trimmed to the point it looks silly?
The new store owner, who does not live locally, at Mama Talis requested it. He requests a landmark tree to be cut down and, not being allowed to do that, he trimmed up an extra 15 feet.
The only possible reason -- to provide better visibility for his fast-food store that already sticks out like a sore thumb. This is after he has already cut down the smaller trees and shrubs on the lot. Not one local resident has requested this tree be trimmed.
Who looks out for the citizens of Anne Arundel County and the state of Maryland? I would hope the Department of Natural Resources would speak for the average taxpayer. We already have enough special interests looking out for themselves.
There was no notice of this impending action, no community involvement, just a request from Mama Talis which affects all of Severna Park. This is not right.
Perhaps the Department of Natural Resources looked at this as a compromise by saving a piece of nature.
Instead of a view of roads and buildings, let us compromise by planting more trees on this property. Local holly, oaks and hemlock would make the intersection more beautiful, healthy and interesting.
This action of allowing this mighty oak to be trimmed adds to the uglification of Severna Park.