Starving hereAll Americans have been touched by the...

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December 22, 1992

Starving here

All Americans have been touched by the pictures of the starving children in Somalia, and most agree with sending our troops to get food and medical supplies to those in need.

On the other hand, our own country is suffering. Our cities are under siege by drugs and crime. Our own little children are being gunned down in front of their own homes. Our elderly don't have enough to live on. There are more and more hungry and homeless every day.

Why, oh why, can't our politicians see our needs? Why can't they use our troops to rid our own cities of drugs and crime? It's our money they use, and I think it's time our money was used to protect our own citizens.

Jeanie Decker

Freeland

K-8 schools have a role in city system

The recent proposal to reorganize the city's seven combined elementary-middle schools is unwise and should be turned down.

These schools have a good track record. They offer a far better learning environment than the city's large middle schools, which often contain many unmotivated and disruptive pupils who hamper the education of the rest of the students.

Both the parents and teachers seem satisfied with the seven combination schools. Why is there a need for change?

Superintendent Walter G. Amprey deserves praise for his willingness to try various educational innovations, of which the Tesseract schools are but one example.

A school system as large as Baltimore city's should be able to accommodate a number of educational configurations to make it more responsive to the needs of its neighborhoods.

Surely a school system that has room for Tesseract also has room for seven combined elementary-middle schools that have proven to be successful.

Isobel V. Morin

Baltimore

Speed

Speed! Speed: This seems to be the password of all vehicles.

Cars are advertised for the speed they will go, new trains are advertised for their speed -- as well as aircraft.

And where does it get us? Some to the cemetery and others in wheelchairs with constant pain for the rest of life.

Is it any wonder the young people try to reach the maximum speed when that is all that's advertised?

Give me the good old horse and buggy days. I doubt if any were stopped for exceeding the speed limit.

V. W. Martin

Baltimore

Neall at the helm

I rise in response to your Dec. 8 editorial assessing Anne Arundel County Executive Robert Neall's performance so far.

I would like to take issue with your statement that "Mr. Neall has not built a base of support among any of the county's influential groups -- teachers, unions, environmentalists, senior citizens."

As a member of the latter, let me state with all the force of my pen that I am delighted with Mr. Neall's leadership. His ability to steer "our ship" through seas containing $65 million in torpedoes without taking a direct hit has been absolutely brilliant.

Your criticism regarding his lack of plans is unfair. Let me remind you the financial war is far from won on any front. Our captain stays alert and at the ready for the next attack. Our ship will plan no Caribbean cruises until the war is won.

Bob Neall is doing the very job we elected him to do.

Warner S. Waters Sr.

Linthicum

Gambling habit

Gov. William Donald Schaefer once again waved his magic wand of fantasy and brought forth another concept in gambling, keno.

I call upon the citizens of Maryland who work daily to earn their bread to let the governor know that we have enough gambling in this state to last a lifetime.

We are drowning in the concept of gambling. How can we preach values, hard work and savings -- especially to our young people -- when we have become a gambling state? When will the voices of reason be heard, in relationship to the daily addition of new ways for our citizens to lose their money?

I call upon members of religious groups and organizations concerned with values to resist any further forms of gambling. If we continue to dream and fantasize about winning the next million, when will we have time to think about making money in creative and realistic ways?

Daily I see many of my fellow citizens playing their hard-earned money to beat the Maryland lottery, which is impossible.

No nation that becomes entangled in the quagmire of gambling can long endure. History tells us that many civilizations that turned from hard work to gambling perished like the wind.

John A. Micklos

Baltimore

Raise sales tax

Why not just raise the sales tax one penny instead of having keno games? We all would help, not just those who like to gamble.

We would save money on the deal already made. The tax system is already set up, so why wait?

E. M. Benson

Baltimore

A hunter's view

I am responding to your editorial entitled "Open season on deer" (Nov. 27).

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