Pulled Up BootstrapsExcuse me, but I take offense to your...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 15, 1992

Pulled Up Bootstraps

Excuse me, but I take offense to your editorial of Oct. 12, titled "School System With Blinders." It must have been written by Rip Van Winkle after awakening from his 25-year sleep. Isn't the writer aware of the civil rights movement of the 1960's? Whatever happened to the concept that everyone in the United States of America has equal opportunity?

If a student is failing in school, that student must bring his or herself up by their bootstraps and pass the courses on their own merit. It appears that the writer wants to segmentize the population. We are all individuals and are responsible for our own actions. If the cited statistics are true, then it sounds to me like the problem might be environmental and not ethnic. Maybe the students that are in trouble academically need more guidance ++ from their parents and not the school board. In my opinion, Anne Arundel educators are not writing off black students.

Martin Hartig

Pasadena

Recycling Guide

I want to thank you for your excellent recycling guide. . . . As one of the groups that has encouraged recycling, and hopes our state will be able to increase the goal of recycling from 20 percent to 70 percent (of the waste flow), I believe this guide can help us achieve our goals. It is most important that you keep the public aware that without a good recycling program we will continue to have a flawed solid waste plan. Thank you for "giving back" to the community.

Mary Rosso

Glen Burnie

The writer is president of the Maryland Waste Coalition.

Home-Bound

We have a lot to be thankful for in this big country of ours, but there are people, like the homeless and like the home-bound seniors, who also need our help.

If you could all take just a little time during the week to help such people, the world would be a better place. It would help people to restore their since of self-worth and respect, and it would improve the way they deal with others.

Arthur Contarini

Glen Burnie

Sun Changes

The new Sun is innovative. It has complete regional county news.

However, I miss "Sports Shorts." I looked to it for news of area road races and enjoyed the other sports announcements in "Sports Shorts." Now I have no idea what is going on since my husband takes the sports section to work with him, if, indeed, the local road races are printed in the sports pages at all.

Also, I miss the Anne Arundel County obituary section. I looked forward to reading the obituaries of county residents. Sometimes, I even saw one of someone I knew and it was timely news. Now all I see is Baltimore in general obituaries which are of little interest to me. . . .

Yvonne Aasen

Severna Park

The New Sun

The new Sun in Anne Arundel County is first rate. I have just one minor suggestion for "Where to find your neighborhood news." Under Annapolis-South County, rather than list all the communities and risk offending those left out, why don't you just say, "From Annapolis to Rose Haven and everything in between."

Tom Gill

Rose Haven

Dangers of Compromise

Regarding your editorial, "Annapolis: Which Way The Future," (Oct. 7), it is a certainty that, as you suggested, "The secret of Annapolis' future lies in forging an economic identity, without sacrificing historic character." This will not be so easy. It was true 40 years ago and will remain so in the years ahead.

There is, nevertheless, a clear and present danger in compromise, which you observed ought to be considered by the city's Historic District Commission. Expert preservationists, led

by St. Clair Wright, a founder of the private, volunteer Historic Annapolis Foundation, have repeatedly had to compromise. Such retreats, however, have led to a degradation of the town's architectural beauty and its historic ambience. Both are priceless economic and historic assets that have contributed so much in making Annapolis the national visitor attraction it now is.

True, there is no economic advantage to having a historic building vacant. By the same token, the town's character and charm may well be damaged or destroyed if those responsible for protecting the historic area evade their responsibilities.

The County Court House, itself a part of the town's near unique environment, is a mid-19th century gem that happens to sit on Church Circle, a key element of Sir Francis Nicholson's 17th century city plan. It is part of a major center piece and must be preserved.

All Marylanders should be concerned for the historic state capital, once the U.S. Capital, where the American Revolution was officially ended. We must not allow the Registered Historic Landmark District to become another Gatlinburg, Tenn., or an Estes Park, Colo., both of which are tacky souvenir sales centers.

Annapolis must be revered and respected far more than it now is by residents, merchants, government officials and visitors. Not only will this have economic advantages, but will assure future generations of the opportunity to see a part of America's heritage.

Gil Crandall

Annapolis

The writer was state tourism director from 1961 to 1973.

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