County school board shares the blameI have been hearing...

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June 18, 1993

County school board shares the blame

I have been hearing for months about the problems with the Baltimore County public schools and their new administrator, Stuart Berger. This topic has been the mainstay of talk radio and there are hundreds of angry parents and teachers out there.

The one thing I haven't heard much discussion on is who is responsible for bringing and keeping Dr. Berger to Baltimore County in the first place.

Dr. Berger, with his radical ideas and poor management skills, is only the hatchet man for the members of the Baltimore County School Board.

They are the people who hired this man. They are the people who allow his policies to continue. They are not getting their fair share of the blame for the present confusion in this school system.

I do not understand how Gov. William Donald Schaefer can continue to let these people serve on this board, considering the present state of affairs. I cannot understand why Baltimore County does not have an elected school board rather than one loaded with political patronage.

The present school board is accountable to no one. The people of Baltimore County complain, but can do nothing when board members take trips to Disney World for a convention and then furlough staff members, fly dozens of prospective administrators from out of town for an all expense paid weekend, give raises to administrators but no one else and continue to thumb their noses at the complaining public.

Can we impeach this board? Can we recall this board? Can we implore the governor to get rid of this board?

More importantly -- when can we elect this board? Let's do some major changing, starting with them.

illian Novotny


Pop therapy

Too bad the author of the editorial denigrating psychotherapy, which mentioned a U.S. News and World Report story, "Does Therapy Work?," did not read the article ("Therapy and the Good Life," June 10).

Thoughtfully written, the U.S. News report points out the contrast between the distorted, over-popularized, pop psychology of TV talk shows and weekend workshops and the classical meaning of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, which push people to feel their pain as well as to appreciate their pleasure and to become more responsible in their lives.

"What the therapist does is often to help people avoid the destructive things they've done to friends and family members in the past," one expert is quoted as saying.

Obsessive-compulsive disorders may be regarded as biologically based, but experts have learned that the symptoms almost always have interpersonal meanings that must be addressed.

Long-term psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for borderline characters, those "I hate you -- Help me!" individuals who seem to be increasing in number.

Within various categories, medications may or may not work. Even if they do, psychotherapy helps prevent the too common picture of relapse.

Mary O. Styrt


Clinton's stand

I am extremely disappointed in President Clinton because of his withdrawal of the nomination of Lani Guinier. I do not buy that she was opposed in the Senate because of what she wrote but because she is a minority woman who questions how the "majority" uses its power.

I wonder, if she had been a white male theorizing as she did about the decision in Miami regarding the use of the Spanish language, would the cry against questioning majority rule be as loud and be by the ones making it now?

Mr. Clinton's decision to withdraw her name further polarizes us, as "we" and "they." Allowing the nomination to go to the Senate floor would have given an open forum to the issues raised by Ms. Guinier, which is the only way I believe we can come together.

Even if she had been defeated, her ideas would be presented, not distorted as they have been, and prejudice would not have won as it has.

Arrogance and stupidity led to Custer's Last Stand, and I believe they were what denied Ms. Guinier her opportunity.

Carolyn J. Sakai


Moral decision

Last week, a group of about 40 people gathered in Baltimore to raise money to bring to the U.S. for medical treatment children injured in the war in Bosnia.

Listening to a recent resident of Sarajevo tell us how a once peaceful and beautiful city and its people are being destroyed, how women have been raped, and children mutilated and orphaned, one wonders what it takes for the U.S. to act.

Our government rationalizes our nation's inaction by saying that Bosnia is too remote and none of our business. But Europe's and our government's "hands off" approach has resulted in a human tragedy that diminishes all of us.

We are a nation founded on moral principles. However, we have not acted honorably in forsaking the proud and brave people of Bosnia.

Oz Bengur


American dream

As a first-generation Greek-American, I was truly inspired by the June 10 article about the Korologos brothers who run the Double T Diner in Catonsville.

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