School Board Must Back VolunteerismAs you know, during the...


August 01, 1993

School Board Must Back Volunteerism

As you know, during the last school year, the Jessup community has attempted to work with the Board of Education (( to renovate Jessup Elementary School through the use of volunteers and massive business partnerships.

The renovation included a sprinkler system, walls to eliminate an antiquated "open classroom" concept, new carpet, a "state of the art" computer lab and air conditioning the gym and cafeteria.

This project would have led the way in showing other communities that, with their involvement, they could not only take an active part in improving their children's learning environment but also save the county an enormous amount of taxpayers' dollars. This renovation alone was valued at up to $500,000 by the Board of Education.

Because of the incredible delays, misinformation and a lack of information by the Board of Education, this project will most likely not even be started. . . .

If the education system in our county is to improve, the Board of Education must be accountable for its actions.

Steve Kendall


The writer is volunteer project manager for the Jessup Elementary School renovation.

All-Star Game

In reference to the letters received from baseball fans in Toronto regarding the All-Star Game, we would like to defend the actions take by the Baltimore fans at the game.

While watching the game, we did feel sympathy for the Blue Jays as they were booed while being called onto the field. However, sympathy did not last long. Although we have visited the ballpark in the past we still had to wonder, was this Oriole Park at Camden Yards or the Toronto Skydome? Perhaps it was the Toronto Blue Jays versus the National League.

Yes, some players deserved to be there but not all seven. Each of the other top American League teams had no more than two players represented.

Where were players like Mickey Tettleton and Gregg Olson? Who cares if Toronto was the 1992 World Series? A lot can change in six months.

We were outraged when Cito Gaston refused to put Mike Mussina in the game despite the outcries of the crowd. The game is for the fans so why were their wishes not granted? We only had two Orioles picked so why not make the fans happy and permit both players to participate? After all, Mussina will, in all likelihood, never play in an All-Star game in Baltimore again. If Gaston was saving Mussina for extra innings, he obviously did not have a lot of faith in Toronto pitcher Duane Ward, if he thought the American League could give up a 9-3 lead in the ninth inning. . . .

Cito Gaston, Baltimore will see you in October.

Wendy Brackett

Cheryl Lackey

April Brandt


Orioles TV

It is too bad Channel 2 ends a baseball broadcast career as a loser. The station should have been a leader in baseball telecasting but it came up short, never reaching its potential.

Stations covering baseball have two fundamental choices: Portray baseball realistically or make each telecast a theatrical show. There are enormous differences and Channel 2's downfall came about when it refused to accept the idea the public deserved a "seat at the game," choosing instead to go with the theatrical concept with all the weaknesses and failures. . . .

An example: Recently, the Orioles beat Chicago 1-0 and while everyone in the ballpark saw the way the game ended, TV viewers got only a dizzy blur as the TV camera swung wildly from the batter toward first base. The game announcer had the embarrassing job of telling the TV audience the first baseman caught a line drive to end the game. That's the kind of game coverage that causes fans to lose interest in a station's ability to provide first-class TV coverage. . . .

C. W. Edwards


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a most consistent columnist: She blames liberalism for every ill in American society. In a recent column, Ms. Charen claims that liberalism was responsible for teen-age boys engaging in gang molestation of girls in public pools in New York City.

Evidentially in Ms. Charen's view, liberals have replaced communists as a threat to our nation. The late Sen. Joseph McCarthy would have been proud of her outrageous generalizations. . . .

Fred Davis


Roadside Flowers: Good Idea

We would like to commend the State Highway Administration (SHA) for its "Grow Don't Mow" program. There are multiple benefits in growing wild flowers along the roadside, not the least of which is the monetary savings involved.

There are many benefits to be gained as a result of allowing vegetation to be kept in its natural state. One obvious benefit of perennial flowers, which continue to bloom in subsequent years, is that they require less maintenance than mowing grass repeatedly. . . . Reducing the amount of grass-cutting has the additional benefit of reducing emissions from gas-powered mowers.

Flowers flourish near highways, and the presence of flowers promotes more biological activity in the area. Flowers provide habitats for insects, butterflies and birds. The use of native flowers by SHA would further encourage biological diversity. Because flowers grow taller and less uniformly than mowed grass, the "surface roughness" also assists in reducing the effect of storm water erosion. And, any vegetation near a highway will thrive on the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere.

Lastly, a splash of color and fragrance on the way to work enhances the community image, improves the quality of life and is a simple way to brighten one's day and the environment.

Keep up the good work.

Jane T. Nishida


The writer is Maryland executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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