College CutsIn his March 28 letter, Andrew J. Miller of...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 12, 1993

College Cuts

In his March 28 letter, Andrew J. Miller of Baltimore says the proposed educational performing arts facility at College Park is responsible for reductions in academic offerings at the University of Maryland System.

We at College Park especially know the pain that cutting academic programs causes.

College Park itself eliminated 32 programs, seven departments and one college in one of the most comprehensive academic reorganizations in the country. More is on the table.

Is the capital budget forcing the university system to cut academic programs? No, it is not.

The General Assembly simply does not appropriate a pot of money and allow the university system to decide how much to spend on operating and capital needs.

Capital funding backed by long-term bonds and long-term plans legally cannot be transferred to the operating budget.

The truth is that the capital and operating budgets are quite separate entities.

The College Park performing arts facility is no more responsible for the proposed elimination of the theater program (resurrected on appeal by the Board of Regents) at UMBC than the proposed UMBC physics building is responsible for the proposed elimination of chemistry courses at Salisbury and Towson (also resurrected by the board.)

The meaningful questions to ask about any capital project are: Is the facility needed to replace or upgrade educational opportunities for students, is it within the academic mission of the institution and is it within the overall capital budget and priorities for higher education developed by the state?

The educational performing arts facility passes these tests.

The College Park project has been in the planning stages for over a decade and is designed to replace, among other facilities, World War II "temporary" buildings housing the College Park Dance Department.

It will have classroom, faculty offices, rehearsal space. The building will support doctoral, master's and baccalaureate training for thousands of students from across Maryland in theater, music and dance.

Brian Darmody

College Park

The writer is an assistant to the president of the University of Maryland College Park.

Name Names

May I suggest that The Sun secure and print a list of the Legislative Scholarship awards. The information should indicate the names of the House and Senate members, their corresponding recipients, the dollar amounts and colleges of attendance.

I feel the taxpayers of Maryland are entitled to know whose higher education they are subsidizing through the largess of elected state officials.

Joyce Diskin Levy

Baltimore

Work, not Worship

The article about inmates suing the state over restrictions on the freedom to worship brought to mind a situation that has come to my attention.

A friend of mine is serving a one-year sentence at the Baltimore County Work Release Center for driving while intoxicated.

He has attended Sunday mass all his life. Now, in this difficult and painful time, he desires and needs mass more than ever.

Yet, at the Work Release Center, alone of all places in the county detention center, there are absolutely no religious services available. And despite the fact that those recommended by the courts for work release can work, shop, get haircuts outside the facility, they are not permitted to leave the facility to attend religious services.

Encouraged by a sympathetic staff member, my friend attempted several times to get a court order permitting him to attend, but this was denied. And there is no appeal.

While this restriction affects only a percentage of the inmate population, what does it say about the actual priorities and values of the criminal justice system? Do inmates have more than bodily needs?

Of course, abuses could occur just as they do in regard to jobs and any excursions outside the facility. But for those on work release who are sincere in their desire to nurture their faith, the benefit to themselves and society would seem to far outweigh any possible abuses.

I find that most citizens are unaware of this situation and when they learn of it are both surprised and saddened. It does not make sense to me.

John Papier

Towson

Judicial Leniency

After reading the articles in The Sun regarding the murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka, I, like many, felt the sorrow and anger of another senseless murder.

Yes, it is truly a tragedy that Sister MaryAnn was murdered. She apparently had a positive impact on the lives of many people.

However, I strongly believe that it is more of a tragedy that our society continues to allow our legal and judicial systems to be lenient and protect the criminals when determining the punishments for their behaviors.

We can continue the chant, "Stop the killing." Talk is cheap and proven to be ineffective.

Action by our judicial system to issue and follow through on the appropriate consequences of the criminals' savage behaviors is the only answer to eliminating the killings.

S. M. Sheesley

Timonium

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