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April 20, 1993

Stuart Berger and his critics need to talk

The Evening Sun has in its editorials and letters to the editor chronicled the recent battle between Dr. Stuart Berger, Baltimore County superintendent of public schools, and parents.

Every day we read letters in The Evening Sun, and unfortunately letters now are appearing in other local papers related to this issue. Sadly for Dr. Berger and the county school system, many of these letters are unfavorable to him.

As a taxpayer in Baltimore County, as a 30-year veteran teacher in Baltimore County and as a concerned citizen, I believe this fiasco is not good for county students or their teachers.

We must remember that many citizens reside in Baltimore County because they believe the county school system is stable and capable of giving students a good education.

Although Dr. Berger means well and perhaps has some good ideas, I believe part of his problem is that he is moving too rapidly for positive change.

This is the real problem that numerous teachers, parents and students find fault with. I do not believe parents and teachers want to damage Dr. Berger.

However, Dr. Berger, like any public servant, is responsible to taxpayers and especially to the parents of Baltimore County. I hope Dr. Berger will in the future reply to the demands of parents -- even though at times some parent complaints are seemingly unjustified.

Further, I hope Dr. Berger will meet and discuss with parents any concerns they have in a positive and constructive manner.

Finally, I hope parents will also try to understand, in retrospect, what Dr. Berger is trying to do. The present debacle between Dr. Berger and parents now being played out in newspapers, radio stations and other media is not good for the Baltimore County public school system, considered by many to be a fine school system.

ohn A. Micklos



I could not agree more with John J. Bowman Jr. in his letter of April 4. He wishes to replace our automobile-dominated transportation infrastructure with one based on railroads.

Our current state of civilization based on universal car ownership and highways uber alles is a disaster and has everything to gain from farsightedness.

Ironically, a switch to railroads was unwittingly advocated by the State Highway Administration as reported in the March 15 Sun. It istinkering with "automated highways capable of controlling cars, so that drivers can sit back and read the paper while whizzing along at 90 mph." This sounds suspiciously like railroads.

Why bother to automate highways of individual cars when railroad cars can achieve the same effect and have done so since the 1850s?

Paul R. Schlitz Jr.


Bubble City

A few weeks ago I stopped for refreshment at a Charles Street oasis where I ran into three Canadian soccer coaches in town for a convention.

They told me that they had been warned to stay within "the Bubble" for their stay in Baltimore. What, I asked, was the Bubble?

The Bubble, I was told, is the area around the Convention Center, Harborplace and the large hotels. One would go outside the Bubble at one's own risk.

Very interesting. Are the Convention Center folks including this information in their sale pitches and brochures?

Bubble City!

D. C. Kearns



Jesus drove the money changers from the temple. He should have been given a medal, but he was crucified on Good Friday.

State insurance commissioner John Donaho drove the money changers out of Blue Cross. He should have been given a medal, but he was crucified on Holy Thursday.

Edwin Schell


Office party

As I read the excuses given to offices in order to get the day off and go to the Opening Day game of baseball season, I was reminded of the days when I was a child, a long time ago.

My father owned a very large candy manufacturing plant and every opening day in Atlanta, he bought a large block of tickets, closed his plant and took all the employees to the game. No excuses were needed and they had a wonderful time.

Wouldn't it be nice if offices put that in their plans for next year?

Harry S. Wolf


Bag that trash

The proposal to remove trash cans from state parks in Maryland is worth a try. When we visited state parks in the Finger Lakes region of New York in 1991, we saw virtually no trash, even though the trash cans had been removed from picnic grounds and other usual trash can locations (except restrooms) to save disposal costs.

Day visitors were not even given trash bags. Signs were posted explaining the rule requiring people to take their trash with them. Surely Marylanders can adjust to the inconvenience of carrying away their garbage as New Yorkers have. We should spend our reduced dollars for parks carefully.

Jan Clark


Civil rights and Levi Watkins

I happened to read the April 8 review of "The New Explorers, A Dream Fulfilled" profiling Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., after watching the program.

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