Sister MaryAnnOn behalf of the Glinka family and the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 04, 1993

Sister MaryAnn

On behalf of the Glinka family and the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore, I would like to express our gratitude to the people of Baltimore for their outpouring of love and support as we mourn the loss of Sister MaryAnn Glinka, our daughter, our friend and our sister.

While I attempt to use appropriate and superlative expressions to tell you how how we feel, it is only the heart words that speak for us and these do not bear utterance.

Our pain is so deep but the prayers, the care and concern for our well-being, the gifts of time, food, money, the embraces, the sharing of tears, all help to bond us regardless of race, religion or creed.

Our faith leads us to believe that there is no more suffering for MaryAnn as she lives on in eternal life, yet we continue to weep for ourselves and for the loss of her in our midst.

We weep also because of the presence of evil in the world that causes such violence and hurt. Since her recent death, there have been more homicides. We feel compassion for these families in a way we have never known before, and with them, we plead for these senseless killings to stop.

Sister Maryann was a woman of peace. She was gentle, kind, good, simple. It is in this spirit, her spirit, that we must continue the journey of life.

Following our Holy Father St. Francis, who followed Jesus, we ask you to join us in prayer as we ask for peace to reign in our hearts, for peace that surpasses all understanding.

Sister Ritamary Tan

Baltimore

The writer is superior general of the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore.

Penalizing Children

I am outraged that Del. Howard P. Rawlings and other state delegates found it necessary to cut $4.8 million in aid from the Baltimore City public school system. The public school system suffers enough and does not need yet another setback.

These delegates must realize that denying aid to the city schools will not solve the problems plaguing them.

In addition, the city school system is suffering because parents are disappointed with the quality of education their children have received in city schools.

They are concerned with the competency of some teachers and school authorities who have been entrusted to provide a decent education for their children. As a result, more children are attending schools outside their school district.

Violent crimes are taking place in an environment that used to be regarded as a safe haven for children. There is also the high dropout rate, which I suspect is due in part to the increase of

violence in city public schools.

School staff are frustrated with the limited authority they are given to manage the schools. These are the people that the proposal Mr. Rawlings wants implemented will affect the most.

One solution for dealing with the public school dilemma would be to gather feedback from all the people affected by the educational process.

A visit to the schools to talk with the principals, teachers and, most important, the students may seem a simplistic approach, but it would be regarded as a more effective and positive step toward improving the Baltimore public school system than depleting it of funds.

I would advise Mr. Rawlings and the other state delegates to re-think their decision and drop their support of this proposal that is not only ineffective but non-beneficial to the people that it is supposed to help.

Brenda L. Rigsby

Baltimore

Fair Enough

Thanks for your editorial on "Clinton's First Press Conference," March 24.

You have carped for so long about the absence of such a session that I feared when it came, your impatience would cloud your objectivity.

Instead, you came through with an honest and thoroughly satisfying appraisal. Congratulations.

Velva Grebe

Lutherville

Scholarship Perk

Despite what some members of the Maryland state Senate may say, in all their defensiveness about their precious legislative scholarship program, the blame for how they are generally perceived by the citizenry lies not with the press, but with themselves.

It is not the press that is handing out the public's money (objectively or otherwise) and getting re-election credit for so doing. In the words of Sen. Nathan Irby, "If anyone says it's not a perk, they're lying."

In the March 2 Sun article by Marina Sarris, Sen. Idamae Garrott is quoted as saying she didn't "know why there seems to be a bad connotation to the word politician." Can she really be serious?

As a long-time student of and activist in politics and government, I deplore the public perception about an essential element in our democratic system and wish it were not so. But such programs as legislative scholarships just foster the erroneous notion that there's no such thing as a good politician.

The breakthrough 119-7 vote for the scholarship reform bill in the House of Delegates surely wouldn't have occurred without constituent pressure. Since that bill was killed by seven Senate committee members (apparently in line with the wishes of the Senate leadership), we have no choice now but to wait until 1994.

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