Parents need to get involved in the schoolsAs an avid...

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June 01, 1993

Parents need to get involved in the schools

As an avid supporter of students in the Baltimore County school system, I am dismayed at all the miscommunication regarding the system.

While I understand that there are many different viewpoints, I can't understand why people are fighting each other. A very important value that we as parents try and instill in our children is how to co-operate.

Our responsibility as parents is to teach by example. What message are we sending to the children who are this county's future?

We need to work within the system. The local PTA is a good place to start. Most units are more than willing to answer or find answers to questions and concerns. If they can't help, parents can always contact their area advisory board, the Baltimore County PTA Council or a Baltimore County official.

Don't become a spoke in the rumor wheel. Take the time to get a legitimate answer.

Most of all -- be involved. There are many way parents can help. Make a difference -- join a PTA, work with the school's site-based management team, attend School Board meetings, attend public hearings or just take a minute and write a letter.

The worst thing parents can do is to do nothing.

Laura Nossel


Health care

To those who complain about the cost of health care reform, I say doing nothing is the most costly choice.

The average family spends 13 percent of its income on health care right now. Without reform, that figure will be 16.4 percent more by the year 2000. The Clinton plan will drive those costs down .

Now, we are all paying more than we should, and people still do not get medical treatment when they need it; too many people who do get treatment end up paying exorbitant prices under the current inefficient system. Any way you examine it, the nation is getting cheated.

The Clinton reform plan will save a lot of money for employers -- at least for responsible employers, those who provide health insurance for their employees now.

It is the irresponsible employers, the ones who stiff their employees and offer no health coverage, who are doing all the squawking about "new costs." New to them; not to us. We have been paying and paying plenty.

We need true reform, including guaranteed access for all Americans to a care package of benefits financed progressively.

Ernest R. Grecco


Hyphenated names

It may be all right for some to encourage political correctness, but it is sad to read that teachers are confusing young children. As an example, I cite the May 22 report by Lan Nguyen on Longfellow Elementary School.

Someone has given student Colin Donohue inaccurate information concerning by what names various races should be named. Only some people of the Negro race wish to be called African-Americans. Some prefer black, others something else.

I have never met any white person who thought he should be known as a Caucasian-American. The correct name for American Indians is aboriginals. All people who were born in the Americas are native Americans. Hyphenating names only makes for greater division in this country.

Stu Hyatt


Judge defended

The attack on Judge John Prevas by the lawyers for the correctional officers who in their negligence allowed Dontay Carter to escape is scurrilous and unconscionable.

It smacks of the abhorrent tactic used by some defense attorneys to impugn the character of a rape victim by trying to shift blame. The admonishment for Judge Prevas, "to be a man`, is also distasteful and offensive. John Prevas still carries the pellets from a shotgun blast he took at point-blank range while stopping a robbery along with a Baltimore City police officer.

No one wants to see these correctional officers lose their jobs, nor do we wish to see the character assassination of one of the brightest legal minds in the judicial system.

Nicholas E. Glyphis


Not Denny's fault

The story has been in the news for days. Two dozen Secret Service agents go to Annapolis to protect President Clinton.

Some of the agents go to Denny's for breakfast.

Black Secret Service agents sit at one table while their white counterparts sit at another.

The white agents allegedly receive exemplary treatment; the black agents are ignored.

Now for the part I do not understand:

If all of the agents arrived at Denny's at the same time, why were the blacks at one table and the whites at another?

Coincidence? I don't think so. Denny's seating policy? Again, I don't think so. Self-imposed segregation? Hmmmm!

The Secret Service should look inward and solve its own internal differences before it starts blaming Denny's for situations it probably created.

Ric Barnett


Keeping promises

Last May 22, I was one of many citizens who spoke to Roger Hayden, the county executive of Baltimore County, face to face and privately.

Any citizen can speak to him any month of the year. He listens to anyone and everyone, and that has to be a tough day's work.

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