Head HuntersThe Sun has reported on some widely shifting...


January 26, 1993

Head Hunters

The Sun has reported on some widely shifting attitudes

affecting many politically appointed employees of the Bush administration who are faced with leaving their jobs.

One article reported the White House personnel chief admonishing federal officials to leave office by noon of Inauguration Day. This after previously not demanding the resignation of schedule C political appointees and noncareer senior executive service members.

An earlier article reported a "Hell no, I won't go!" attitude by hundreds of Bush political appointees trying to hold on to federal agency jobs by avoiding detection as a member of the opposite political camp or discreetly obtaining alternative, protected civil service employment.

These days one can feel sympathy for the legions of dedicated, hard-working people around the nation losing their jobs through no fault of their own, even the purely political casualties who want to hang on.

Sub rosa political appointees trying to burrow into the bureaucracy must take care. The following quote from the Lord High Executioner in "The Mikado," by Gilbert and Sullivan, is an example of the type of attitude they might encounter:

"As someday it may happen that a victim must be found, I've got a little list, I've got a little list.

"Of society offenders who might well be underground, and who never would be missed, they never would be missed."

Donald Berger


Ukraine Fears

The Jan. 16 headline, "Russia to give Ukraine nuclear protection" took me aback. The article does not support it, other than "Russia guarantees it will safeguard Ukraine's integrity and protect its borders from a possible nuclear attack."

An attack by whom? Which nuclear power would want to attack Ukraine? The U.S., perhaps France or India?

The fact is, Ukraine has only one "suitor" who covets its land and resources: Russia, the very one who wants to protect it from enemies.

Ukraine wants to be independent. One year ago, its population, consisting of 22 percent Russians and smaller proportions of Jews, Poles and other minorities, voted by 91 percent for independence. If Ukraine had a thousand missiles, none would be directed at the West.

Twice in recent history, Ukraine has fallen for the "protected by Russia" ploy. First in 1654, pressured by Polish nobles, Ukraine concluded a treaty with Moskovy, which resulting in subjugation by the czars.

Again in 1917, believing Bolshevik slogans, the newly independent Ukraine disbanded its army, only to be overwhelmed by communism, which cost her 7 million casualties during the famine of 1932 caused by Stalin's forced collectivization.

The Bush administration applied every possible pressure on Ukraine to push it under Russia's protective wing, including fear of Ukrainian nationalism, demanding repayment of the Soviet foreign debt (money which never went beyond Moscow's beltway) and other pressures.

Ukraine has declared its desire to be nuclear-free, but it wants guarantees from the Western nations that it will not be bullied by its only neighbor with nuclear weapons.

It is important for us to understand the human side of the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, because in the end it will not be the number or location of missiles but mutual understanding that will bring peace and prosperity to that part of the world.

Taras I. Charchalis


TSU Accreditation

The Dec. 19 letter by Robert L. Caret responding to your Nov. 13 editorial on Towson State University and its problems seems to miss the point of why accreditation for schools of education exists.

Graduating from an accredited medical or law school, for example, gives assurance to the student and the public that he or she has measured up to the highest standards for these professions.

Don't students studying to become teachers deserve the same caliber of training as those studying to become doctors or lawyers? And don't the children they teach deserve teachers who have been through programs that meet the most rigorous standards of quality?

At a time when much of the debate on how to bring about education reform has centered around creating higher standards for teachers as well as for students, the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) provides the only nationally accepted measure of quality for schools of education.

NCATE standards were developed as a result of a consensus of education professionals and provide schools of education peer reviews to determine if these standards are being met. As national education goals are being adopted, every teacher in every state must be able to help his students meet these goals.

National accreditation is the only vehicle that will ensure all new teachers are prepared to make this happen. Future teachers, and future students, deserve no less.

Arthur E. Wise


The writer is president of the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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