Insult to shore workersSen. Phil Gramm should be...

the Forum

December 04, 1992

Insult to shore workers

Sen. Phil Gramm should be confronted by Maryland's members of Congress over his accusation that ''Eastern Shore contractors and laborers had a reputation for being unreliable."

The Senate Ethics Committee may go along with covering up his dubious activities, but our representatives should not accept his ludicrous explanation for hiring a Texas developer to do work in Maryland.

I suggest that Senator Gramm arrange for some of his special-interest friends to move his vacation home to Texas.

I am sure some reliable Eastern Shore contractor would be glad to help.

Timothy Smith

Bel Air Sharon Lin writes that she is worried Baltimore County teachers "are no longer to be concerned with teaching a set curriculum" and that specific skills will not be taught, thus endangering college-bound students ("Dr. Berger's ill wind of change," Nov. 6).

As a sometime critic of past administrations and a current Dr. Berger watcher, I feel that there needs to be some clarification of this perception.

What Dr. Berger has said in the two teachers meetings I've attended was that "curriculum guides are just guides." Children come into the school system at different levels of readiness with skills that we have had no control over. Therefore, we try to take our students from where they are to as far as we can go while we have them.

Guides that are written so that material is presented within a given length of time and then we are to move on, even though students haven't mastered the skills and concepts, are no longer sacred cows.

Children grow, develop and learn at different rates. Outside influences affect their learning. Teachers can now teach to these differences; classes can be accelerated or slowed down depending on needs.

Parents have the right to know about the material that is being taught. They have the right to question why some materials are emphasized and others aren't.

But with rights come responsibilities. It is the parents' responsibility to see that home work assignments are done and handed in on time. It is the parents' responsibility to see that their children come to school ready to learn.

Parents should talk to their children about what is happening at school on a regular basis and encourage them to do their best at all times. They should visit schools and talk to the teachers at other times besides American Education Week.

All this takes time -- but it is time well spent. As Dr. Berger has said, "Parents should have tremendous say about what happens to their child and very little about what happens to other children."

Beverly H. Lapinski

Baltimore

Children's House

Throughout the past 20 months of its construction, the Children's House at Johns Hopkins became a national symbol of the spirit of volunteerism which exists within the Baltimore-Washington community.

It stands completed today as a symbol of the hope, optimism and kindness that is alive within the hearts of every volunteer who worked on the Children's House project.

Throughout the course of construction, over 3,000 volunteers and 320 companies participated in the building process, which came to resemble that of an old-fashioned American barn raising. President Bush and former President Carter were among those who recognized the Children's House as one of the most outstanding volunteer projects in the United States.

It is a tribute to the Children's House and each volunteer who struggled to build it that it was completed in the midst of the holiday season. It is a time for us to give thanks to everyone who participated in the project and a time for us to look toward the promise of the future.

Within several days, children, families and hospital support groups will move into the Children's House. I am confident that the spirit of hope and optimism that created the Children's House will continue to live within it and that it will inspire the families who reside there with warmth and courage.

I am also confident that the efforts of each volunteer will always be remembered within the hearts and the prayers and the occasional smiles of joy and triumph of the families who will stay there.

On behalf of every family who will ever stay within the Children's House, I would like to say ''thank you'' to each of the volunteers who built it.

Brian Morrison

Baltimore

The writer is executive director of the Grant-A-Wish Foundation and the Children's House at Johns Hopkins.

Women priests

I believe that women are equal to men in the eyes of God. But being equal does not mean that they are the same. God created male and female. A male cannot become pregnant and have a baby and conversely a female cannot impregnate a male. They are equal but they have entirely different functions.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.