The tumult in Baltimore County
Regarding your editorial "Tumult and overdue innovations" (Aug. 27), you guys just don't get it.
I am referring to the public outcry over the machinations of School Superintendent Stuart Berger and the Board of Education of Baltimore County.
The problem is and always has been the method of approach used by those worthies to accomplish the goals set down in "Great Expectations for 2000: Shaping The Vision."
Have you or your education reporter read this document? If you have you are aware that it is a massive and comprehensive delineation of the future goals of the Baltimore County school system and the rationale, item by item, for having chosen them.
Also, if you look at the personnel who developed the vision, on both the steering and sub-committees, you will see that all of the stakeholders have been included in the process.
The development of this report took several years and, in its final form, was accepted by the entire Baltimore County community.
So what is the problem? Quite simply, it is the manner in which the goals of the vision are being implemented.
Most of the stakeholders have been excluded from the implementation process. The board and the superintendent seem to think that the vision statement's implementation process should be determined only by professional educators. They forget that the schools exist for the children, and the parents are the guardians of their children's welfare.
The problem isn't fear of change, but vehement objection to the attitude and methodology of the board and superintendent in effecting that change.
Parents have always been willing to work with the board and Dr. Berger, just as they worked with Robert Dubel. All parents want is inclusion in the implementation process. Do you guys get it now?
David M. Clements
Fish, not birds
For a variety of reasons "Ravens" is a poor name for Baltimore's National Football League expansion team.
Since there are currently four existing franchises in the NFL with "bird" nicknames -- the Eagles, Falcons, Cardinals and Seahawks -- the NFL should be circumspect in naming another franchise after a winged creature.
In the 1990s, logos and team nicknames are not chosen solely on regional appeal but also as a national marketing attraction.
"Ravens" may appeal to Baltimoreans, but the name would certainly lack national attractiveness.
The best nickname, which was misspelled in your polling results, is Barracudas.
Ordinarily, almost anyone would come to the assistance of someone with his hands tied behind his back who was being attacked by someone with brass knuckles. At the very least, we would untie his hands so he could defend himself.
If several powerful men stood aside and allowed this "fight" to go on, one would think them either cowardly and despicable or on the side of the aggressor.
Take your pick with the U.S. government and NATO countries in the case of the Bosnian Muslims.
It was not even necessary that we jump into the fray, only that we "untie their hands" -- allow them to have weapons with which to defend themselves. If we had done only that then this truly horrible holocaust would not still be happening.
Had the U.S. been as aggressive in forming a coalition against Serbian aggression as it was in the Persian Gulf war, this conflict would have been resolved more than a year ago.
It is ironic that visitors are flocking to a Holocaust Memorial in our nation's capital when we have the real thing going on right in front of our eyes every day.
"Never again!" has a very hollow sound at the moment.
Since the '50s, public outcry concerning violence on television has been heard throughout this nation. Soon special equipment can be purchased to make the American family aware of the intensity of violent acts on the tube.
However, what can be done about the crude language that the scriptwriters use throughout most movies in the theaters and on cable networks?
What I find offensive is the use of Jesus' name as a curse word. Ninety percent of the time it is used inappropriately. The only time His name and His Father's name should be exclaimed is when a person is in mortal danger and is calling out for help.
My Protestant upbringing taught me never to use my Savior's name in vain. It seems that writers of Hollywood and New York are using "shock treatment" terms to capture their audience's attention. Their total lack of respect for spirituality is appalling.
As a devout Christian, I appeal to everyone who respects the sacred power of good to write to the Screen Writers Guild of Hollywood in protest. The world is in chaos, and language that is contemptuous and irreverent should not be tolerated.
`Deborah Lockwood Stokes