SpeedwritingI thoroughly enjoyed the article "Spdwrtng...

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January 21, 1993


I thoroughly enjoyed the article "Spdwrtng: shorthand for new generation" (Jan. 7).

I studied Gregg shorthand in high school at Mergenthaler over 20 years ago. During that time, I had two great teachers -- Delores Hospedales and Celia Carr. Both were dedicated professionals and, thanks to them, I was able to attain a speed of 120 words per minute with 100 percent accuracy.

I subsequently reached a top speed of 160 words per minute. This achievement allowed me to receive job offers from several prestigious companies in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Speedwriting is practical for today's note-taking purposes, even pTC though it is doubtful Speedwriting students will attain a speed of more than 80-90 words per minute.

Speedwriting is the way to go today, but nothing compares to a proficient writer of Gregg shorthand.

Stanley M. Blackwell


Public-private school partnerships

There has been much discussion in the media about Chelsea Clinton and the private school she will attend. It is as though Bill and Hillary Clinton had the final word in this decision. But I suspect that Chelsea Clinton was the one who picked Sidwell Friends.

As a children's rights advocate, Hillary Clinton is hardly the person to muzzle her daughter. If Chelsea had wanted to attend a public school, I am sure she would have been able to do so.

If, like Chelsea, intelligent and talented American youngsters reject good public schools and opt for private education, the trend would be ominous for U.S. public education.

Schooling is stratifying this nation, and the outcome is a class system that is becoming entrenched even as the movers and shakers feign abhorrence.

The American dream is orbiting out of the sight and grasp of public school children who brave crime, teacher incompetence and lack of even rudimentary teaching materials to acquire an education.

To halt this spiraling catastrophe, every decent private school in America should adopt a not-so-healthy neighborhood public school.

Competent and mature private high school students should volunteer to be bused to adopted public schools to participate in debates, exchanges of opinion and academic coaching of disadvantaged peers.

The help should be offered by private schools, and accepted by public schools, without condescension or pride but simply as a form of partnership in moving this nation forward.

Sidwell Friends, which is renowned for its community service program, could put this idea in motion in the Washington area. For public and private educations to meet, mingle and thrive, the federal and state government should first address and solve the safety problems in public schools.

Marcy Miller


Teacher red tape

What's this about a five year education degree? I am a mid-life career changer with both a bachelor's and master's degree and eight years experience as a community college counselor and instructor. Imagine my surprise when the Department of Education informed me that I need another third of an undergraduate degree in order to be certified to teach! (In case you're adding that makes eight years.)

How many talented professionals would consider a second career in education if the process were not so complicated, tedious, expensive and demeaning?

With forecasts of a potential shortage of teachers, it is not in the best interest of our children to spurn a genuinely interested pool of talent by requiring endless, meaningless course work.

Susan Dacheux


Harsh realities

Every few years Americans are appalled at the sight of starving children on their TV sets. And the U.S. has always responded to their needs with food and medicine. This approach has not solved this problem in the past and will not solve it in the future.

Many people throughout the world are born only to die of starvation or diseases. The Reagan/Bush administration's stand on worldwide population control was to withhold funds to any country that implemented family planning options to control their birthrates.

So in this modern day and age, the problem just keeps compounding itself, by failure to help overpopulation in countries that cannot sustain themselves.

As long as people who can't take care of themselves keep reproducing -- this also applies to the United States -- the starvation, disease and social upheaval just go on and on.

Albert Antonelli


Eddie's delivers

I read with interest Gilbert Sandler's "Shopping the market from home" (Jan. 5), but it is apparent that Mr. Sandler has never shopped at Eddie's Supermarket of Roland Park.

Mr. Sandler likens the shopping service at the old North Avenue Market to Owings Mills Mall and bemoans the changes in grocery shopping over the last 40 years.

As Eddie's of Roland Park enters its 49th year of service to Baltimore families, it continues to offer shopping and delivery service. Not only does Eddie's deliver to Roland Park and Ruxton, but our trucks are found regularly in Pikesville, Gibson Island, Homeland and throughout the Baltimore area.

The North Avenue Market is gone and Owings Mills Mall is wonderful -- but it doesn't sell groceries. Eddie's not only offers a refined shopping experience in both of its markets, but with a telephone call it will shop your grocery order and deliver it.

Nancy Cohen Schaffer


The writer is chief executive officer of Eddie's Supermarket of Roland Park.

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