Boergers CandidacyRecently, we saw an excellent example of...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 13, 1993

Boergers Candidacy

Recently, we saw an excellent example of how The Sun is not covering the candidacy of Sen. Mary Boergers of Montgomery County, who is the only women seeking the Democratic nomination for the governor of Maryland.

Senator Boergers was present at the annual J. Millard Tawes crab feast in Crisfield. The Sun mentioned every candidate but one, Democrats and Republicans alike. Guess who that candidate was?

Two other large dailies, the Washington Post and the Washington Times, covered the event differently.

If The Sun feels that a candidate from outside of metropolitan Baltimore ought not to be taken seriously, or that the state is not ready for a woman, why not say so editorially?

Mary Boergers has been an outstanding member of both houses of the General Assembly.

She has been both courageous and effective.

Whether she deserves to be elected governor is for the voters to determine. She ought not to be just ignored.

Bernard T. Devaney

Bowie

Evolution Theory

Baltimore County School Superintendent Stuart Berger believes that sweeping curriculum and staff changes are needed to reverse a perceived decline in the scholastic achievement of the county's students.

However, the facts developed by an independent state agency run counter to Dr. Berger's premise.

A key indicator of a successful school system is how well its students do in college. The Maryland Higher Education Commission issued an Outcome and Achievement Report that compared how students from Maryland high schools did in their first year at the University of Maryland at College Park, in the 1991-92 school year.

In the freshman English and math courses, Baltimore County students tied with another county's students for the highest grades and ranked third in overall grade point average.

While these results still leave room for improvement, they are no where near the gloom and doom picture put forth by Dr. Berger. What the figures show is that Baltimore County is preparing its students for success in a demanding college setting.

It is clear that the Baltimore County school system is built on a solid educational foundation and that evolutionary, rather than Dr. Berger's revolutionary, change is the prudent road to the 21st century.

Linda Hash

Baltimore

Share the Burden

It is unfortunate that the anti-Clinton propaganda overshadowed the contents of the budget bill. Otherwise Mark Seymour, in an Aug. 8 letter to The Sun, and others would have known that the luxury tax on yachts and autos was repealed by the bill.

Many other provisions were included which had previously been vetoed by President George Bush in April 1992. I guess the facts of highly complex government finance are less exciting than the emotional value of simplistic slogans.

As to rising taxes on the wealthy, when the Social Security tax on wages below $60,000 is added to income tax payments, the high wage earners have been taxed at lower rates than the average middle income worker.

In addition to paying higher proportionate tax rates, the middle income workers and their poorer brethren always carry the load of war and battle deaths.

Instead of whining and calling for cutting programs that meet necessities for the poor, these wealthier citizens should be thankful for their ability to contribute to the nation from their excess. Patriotism does not stop with the accumulation of wealth.

Ronald P. Bowers

Lutherville

Old Policy

President Clinton supports the "don't ask, don't tell" policy recently approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense -- and rightfully so -- but for the president to attempt to take credit for developing a "new" policy toward gays in the military seems inaccurate to me.

To cite a supposed quote from Yogi Berra, the "new" policy simply appears to be "deja vu all over again."

As far back as World War II, a friend of my family, who was gay, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton and summa cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Despite being gay and a driven, serious student, however, our friend was not deterred from interrupting his education to volunteer for pilot training in the U.S. Army Air Corps; to graduate from pilot training; to complete a tour of duty dropping bombs on Germany; to be discharged honorably.

During World War II, two of my friends served in the U.S. Navy, and both of them were honorably discharged. One of them served as an aide to the admiral in charge of the 8th Naval District in New Orleans, and the other served on board a naval vessel in the Pacific.

Both of them were U.S. Navy officers and college graduates, and I was completely unaware that they were gay until many years later.

The policy of the U.S. military during World Wars I and II seems to me to have been a forerunner -- and almost identical -- to the "new" policy toward gays in the military today. "Don't ask, don't tell" has been an accepted pattern of behavior for gays in the armed forces of the United States for a long, long time.

Ellis M. Woodward

Baltimore

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