Columns You HateIn response to Kevin Thomas' column ("Meet...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 07, 1993

Columns You Hate

In response to Kevin Thomas' column ("Meet Man Behind Columns You Hate," Feb. 14): "Once a week the full editorial board, up to 17 people, gathers in Baltimore for a mass meeting during which topics of the day are discussed."

Mr. Thomas resides in Columbia. Where do the other 16 people live? In Annapolis, York, Towson, Dundalk, Pasadena, or where? They are not paying 1 cent of our tax. They . . . publish policy they feel is right although they have never tilled the soil here and have little knowledge of our history or how we value life. . . .

Mr. Thomas further states that he dares to write these articles not because he may actually believe them but is "paid to dare." . . .

The Sun should continue . . . to let the policy . . . be made by our elected officials and those tax-paying voters who live here.

(Paul C. and Georgia L. Miller

Ellicott City

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Recently, Kevin Thomas, The Sun's editorial writer in Howard County, explained his writing philosophy, and encouraged letters the editor.

As a volunteer in several different capacities, including the Columbia Council, and a community activist for many years, I find myself disagreeing with quite a number of the editorial positions expressed in The Sun. However, that is not the problem which troubles me.

It is the pattern of inflammatory rhetoric, coupled with over-generalization -- a poor practice for a newspaper which is attempting to be influential and responsible in shaping public opinion. . . .

Fran Wishnick

Columbia

Stop Picking on Wilde Lake High School

Your editorial of Jan. 13 regarding proposed redistricting of Howard County school boundaries renders a disservice to Wilde Lake High School staff and families.

To perpetuate the notion that Wilde Lake is a "school considered substantially inferior" begs the question, by whom? Having had seven years' experience with Wilde Lake High School, during which our three children thrived and graduated, I can attest to the excellence of its preparation of students for post-secondary development.

Over the years, literally thousands of students have gone from "The Lake" to competitive and prestigious colleges and universities. The quality of the education offered at the school has not diminished in any way. What changes that have occurred have been along demographic lines -- fewer students due to an overabundance of "empty nesters" whose children have left but who remain Wilde Lake Village families, and an increase in students for whom English is a second language. . . .

These same students enrich the school and surrounding community in countless ways, giving true meaning to the term "multi-cultural." . . .

Our children were not only prepared to compete academically at the colleges of their choice (for my money, the English, social studies and music departments at Wilde Lake High School are the best in Howard County and beyond), but were also ready to enter the world of today and tomorrow where diversity is a reality and critical thinking skills are vital.

Maureen L. McDonough

Columbia

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I am a junior at Centennial High School, and have been quite amused over the outrage of Centennial parents in response to the possible redistricting of many of our students, specifically to Wilde Lake. I completely understand their most significant argument, the fact that Centennial is the superior educational facility in the county, but I feel that they are overlooking an advantage to the switch.

At this moment, I'm sure that a large percentage of Centennial students, if put into a business situation, could do just fine for themselves: make money, survive . . . but put them out on the street and they would be shocked by the "real world." . . .

The Centennial district is primarily middle- to upper-class areas, with middle- to upper-class students who are too used to their middle- to upper-class lives . . . I am calling no one prejudiced. I JTC am simply saying that moving students from the Dorsey Hall area to Wilde Lake would expose them to a place much different than Centennial. It would be an experience that I think would benefit a lot of people. . . .

I agree that getting a top education is very important, but only if it includes more than just reading and writing. . . . Sure, Centennial may be sending hundreds of people ready and prepared for college from its halls every year, but I don't think that more than half of them will be equally ready and prepared for the world outside of Centennial.

Jamie Fontaine

Columbia

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As parents of a Wilde Lake High School student, we take exception to your recent editorial concerning the redistricting of Centennial students into Wilde Lake.

The statement, presented as a fact, that Wilde Lake High School is "sub-par," is just not true, and does nothing to calm the parents of those students who may be coming to Wilde Lake. The fact is, Wilde Lake is a fine school led by an excellent principal in Bonnie Daniels.

Ms. Daniels' staff of administrators and teachers is dedicated and competent. There are many dedicated, conscientious students who go on to have successful college careers and lives. . . .

The concern of Centennial parents facing redistricting is understandable. No one likes change, especially an abrupt change. But please don't paint Wilde Lake High School as the villain.

Yes, Wilde Lake has a "different" grading system and teaching philosophy than most schools. Yes, Wilde Lake has a diverse student population, which is more reflective of the "real world" today. . . . But different is only different, not bad. Please check out the facts about Wilde Lake before further feeding the misconceptions about the school.

&Dominic and Theresa Tiburzi

Columbia

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