ProfessorsI have a comment about Mike Bowler's suggestion...


February 14, 1993


I have a comment about Mike Bowler's suggestion (column, Jan. 16) that the teaching load be increased for professors in the UM system.

I am currently a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and have worked closely with several professors in the computer science department.

To increase the teaching load of professors would require a change in emphasis from research to teaching at some of the universities within the UM system.

The number of hours professors in the computer science department work on their teaching and research approaches 70 to 80 hours a week. It is like having two full-time jobs.

Research is very important for professors to keep their jobs. I personally know of three professors in the computer science department who were denied tenure last year simply because their research was not of the quantity expected, or was not focused toward new departmental research priorities.

One of the dismissed professors was the best computer science instructor I have encountered in six years of formal study in that subject. I've heard many others voice a similar opinion. Without a change in emphasis from research to teaching, Mr. Bowler's proposal is simply infeasible and unfair.

Monte Schwarzwalder


Governor's Stand

Gov. William Donald Schaefer should be commended and supported for his recent proposal regarding various methods of birth control, including Norplant and vasectomies.

Not only would this result in a substantial savings to our state, but more importantly it would prevent the births of so many unwanted children whose lives would be filled with much suffering.

Bringing a child into the world is a grave responsibility. Children deserve much caring, nurturing and loving and not the abuse that is heaped upon so many of them.

Isn't there already more than enough suffering in our society? Let's be sensible, practical and kind for a change. Thank you, Governor Schaefer, for your courageous stance on this subject.

Selma Black


More for Kids

I enjoy reading the Sunday section of your paper for kids. It is interesting and is full of very interesting and educational topics.

Since it presents its ideas and topics that concern today's young readers in such an interesting way, it might reach more of them if you were to publish this section more than once a week.

Young people need to be aware of what is happening all around them -- not just in their smaller circles of school and friends.

They need to learn about health-related problems so that they can make the correct choices for themselves. They need to learn what is happening and have the facts presented in plain and factual manner.

Then they might realize that there are many other kids their age facing similar problems and won't feel like they are so different.

Your paper covers many different subjects such as the HIV virus, teen dating, practicing safe sex, divorced parents and, on a larger scale, social-economic problems that affect neighborhoods and the world. I would like to see more kids have the chance to benefit from reading these articles.

Brian D. Cross


Thurgood Marshall

Let's not underrate the greatness of Thurgood Marshall by stamping him as a role model just for black people, as The Sun did Jan. 25.

Many whites like me placed him in the pantheon of heroic Americans starting with the historic Supreme Court decision of 1954.

His courage, legal skill and commitment to human equality put him on a lofty pedestal. His death is our loss, blacks and whites alike.

Richard Franklin


Distress in Denton

. . . If Denton's mayor and police chief are so afraid of people as to allow the use of dogs, night sticks, fire hoses and pepper spray on children, how can they be supported in their jobs?

It looks like the rowdiness of teen-agers was met by the violence of adults. These adults were not representing the law of the community of Denton or of our nation. Instead they used abusive behavior under the guise of legal power.

Leadership in resolving this pain must be sought from various parts of the community. That some in the community have responded with marches shows that a perception of a high level of discord exists. . .

The whole community ought to be brave enough to resolve this discord. The children will survive this indignity only if the adults act promptly to clean up the mess.

Alice Chase Long

Glen Burnie

Public Housing

Concerning C. Fraser Smith's article in Perspective, Jan. 31, in which he seeks a definition of what mindset drove successful project living 30 or 40 years ago, I suggest that most alternative housing generally accessible to Afro-Americans was so modest that the public view was that moving into, for instance, the Murphy Homes, was a step up the ladder of success.

As a high school student in Baltimore, I used to hear fellow students -- some of whom became affluent and learned people -- speak with pride about their residence being in the "x" or "xx" homes.

Our life values are mainly a matter of nomenclature and publicity manipulation of the public psyche.

Therefore, I say, together with cleaning up and keeping clean the public housing we have, we should stop using the word "project" a negative manner.

We could, for instance, commence to use words such as "muse," "walk" and "terrace," such as has been done in Columbia. And we should back up the new nomenclature and psyche with vigorous and sustained administration.

Make public housing so enduringly interesting and attractive -- even where poverty of culture dwells -- that 90 percent of the people living there can perceive of themselves as continuing to live there even if they were able to move.

David E. Sloan


Proud Parents

In reference to the Jan. 20 article by Vida Roberts on Tipper Gore's attire for the inauguration, the designer should be recognized -- our daughter Buffy Planinsek Goodwin from Memphis, Tenn.

Louis and Anne Planinsek

Bel Air

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