Because of an editing error, a letter to the editor...


October 16, 1992

Because of an editing error, a letter to the editor published yesterday signed by William Fritz said Home Team Sports was "making boatloads of money at our expense." In fact, Mr. Fritz wrote that cable companies in this area were unjustifiably

charging customers extra for HTS.

Why Pay for HTS?

There is a great injustice occurring in the local cable television community with regard to the Home Team Sports (HTS) channel.

HTS helps pay the costs of running its business by selling advertising on its channel. Why, then, must local cable &r subscribers pay extra for this channel?

In a letter I recently received from a HTS marketing manager, I was informed that of the nearly 250 cable systems that offer HTS to their customers, only 12 continue to charge extra.

I was also informed that several years ago, HTS made a conscious decision to sell commercial time in order to help pay for the increasing costs of running its business. HTS does not feel that its steadily rising costs should be borne by customers like us.

Aren't we fortunate to live in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Carroll County, where we can pay anywhere from $9.95 per month (Carroll) to $16.95 per month (Baltimore County) for a channel we should be getting as part of our basic cable?

How can nearly 95 percent of the cable companies offering HTS do so without charging extra? HTS does not consider itself a premium channel, like HBO, Showtime or Cinemax, that have no commercials. We should not be paying extra for this channel.

Do not stand for this! Let your cable company know how unfair you think this is. HTS is making boatloads of money on this at

our expense.

William Fritz


Reward Teachers

A responsive chord was struck in The Sun's editorial #i lamenting the death of Margaret Lindsay-Johnson, "one of the most beloved teachers at the Baltimore School for the Arts."

She was described as a role model, unselfish, giving, unstintingly devoted to her students, a great artist and a great teacher. Unfortunately, we could not avoid losing her.

Fortunately, there are more than a few other great professionals and great teachers in our Baltimore City public schools who could be described in the same terms as Ms. Lindsay-Johnson. Unfortunately, we shall lose some of them for causes that can be avoided.

We must recognize outstanding teachers while they are still with us. Let them know how important they are to us and our children. Find ways to reward the specially talented and dedicated teachers, whatever form that reward may take.

It could be a "Nobel Prize" for teaching: $40,000 to $50,000 in unrestricted cash for a teacher and four $10,000 runner-up prizes for teachers who have done the most to improve learning and the desire to learn by her/his students. The income from a $1 million endowment could fund the program.

The James C. Penney foundation provided a successful $10,000 model two years ago at Lake Clifton-Eastern Senior High School through the Educational Opportunity Program.

The Society of Executive Retired Volunteers supplemented this award with four $1,000 prizes and plaques for 10 of the school's best teachers. One impressive letter of appreciation came from a teacher who wrote, "This is the only time in 21 years any one except a student ever said 'Thank you' to me."

There are a lot of ways to say "Thank you" to top quality teachers in the classrooms of our schools that would help us avoid losing them. As The Sun editorial said, we shall "be hard put to find a replacement for someone who was . . . a great teacher."

R.O. Bonnell Jr.


The writer is education committee chairman, Society of Executive Retired Volunteers.

Green Backers

Someone reading your article of Sept. 16 on the Gilchrest-McMillen race, "Environmentalists split over candidates," might think environmental groups have come down opposing sides in this contest. This is untrue.

Although Congressman Tom McMillen has been endorsed by several individuals, he has not been endorsed by any environmental group. The only such group to announce an endorsement in the 1st Congressional District is the Sierra Club, and it has endorsed Rep. Wayne Gilchrest.

The club's endorsement of Mr. Gilchrest was based on interviews with both candidates and a careful review of their floor votes, co-sponsorships, actions within their committees, legislative initiatives and work in the district.

The result was a clean choice in favor of Congressman Gilchrest: We find that his work in Congress is driven by dedication to the people and to the environment, and not by political expediency.

Michael Hoffman


MA The writer is vice-chair, Potomac Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Bureaucrats Control Learning

After your interesting June series on the Baltimore City school system, I waited with great anticipation for a response from your readers.

I was disappointed. Does this lack of response reflect the apathy felt in the school system?

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