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September 07, 1993

Summer is a time for kids to be kids

Regarding your article "Year-round schooling gets high marks" (Aug. 24), I'd really like to know what this country is doing to its youth.

Any children who are "inconvenient" are aborted before they have a chance. If they live long enough to be born, we throw them in day care so we can reach our American dream. As soon as our children are in school, they are bombarded with condoms and learning about alternate life styles.

Now we're going to take away their summer vacation. Some of my best memories are of summer vacation. These were days to && play with friends, stay up late, sleep in and go to Ocean City.

It was a time to end all the things of one year -- you got rid of a teacher you didn't like, there was no more homework, no more projects, the slate was clean for the next year.

Summer breaks belong to the young. After you start working in the real world, you don't get breaks like this anymore. There is never an end to the stress or the boss you don't like.

I think kids don't learn in school like we did years back because they are not allowed to be children. They are too worried about sex, drugs and shooting someone or being shot at school.

There is nothing wrong with tradition -- with giving our young people a time to be young. We have pushed too much grown up stuff on them too soon, and this is just another push.

Beth Davidson

Ellicott City

Be prepared

In view of the recent ruling on cross-burnings by Maryland's Court of Appeals, I propose the following:

Since minorities specifically and many others generally may be the target of cross-burnings, we all need to begin preparing counter-actions to make it less appealing to would-be cross burners.

Seeing as the court has seemingly given carte blanche to some persons, allowing them the right of "free expression" even if it means others must suffer, then it is obvious that we can no longer rely on the government to ensure human rights.

I stop short of asking people to arm their homes or other properties, but one might consider an oil-soaked burlap-wrapped burning cross as a potential weapon that surely did not self-ignite.

I conclude by using a phrase ingrained in the Jewish community, "Never again."

Garland L. Crosby

Baltimore

Military prisoner

It is, sadly, interesting to note from your Aug. 27 story that the Pentagon spent $1.3 million to commission a study on the effects of eliminating the ban on gays in the military and then chose to ignore the study's recommendations.

Why spend the money -- taxpayers' money -- on expert advice if you're not going to take it?

It is also interesting that the release of the study was delayed until after the so-called "compromise" decision on this issue had been reached. Politics, as usual. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised.

But what I find the most interesting about this whole sorry affair (and one that has not been yet pointed out) is that the outcome dramatically demonstrates the raw power the military establishment has now achieved, capable of defying the will of ++ its commander-in-chief, disregarding the recommendation of its own commission and then delaying that commission's report for political reasons.

. . . Sounds dangerously like a banana republic to me. And yet we lecture the rest of the world on morality. What a sham(e).

Philip C. Cooper

Baltimore

Plus ca change . . .

The 30th anniversary of the March on Washington finds little change in the attitude of most people regarding race.

The enactment of civil rights laws -- which followed in the wake of the 1963 March on Washington -- has resulted in considerable economic and substantial political progress toward racial equality and toward equal justice for minorities. Public opinion, however, as it relates to race has changed little, if any.

It is obvious that civil rights legislation, by itself, has failed to foster good will or bring about racial equality. Discrimination has lessened, but prejudice is just as deep-seated as ever.

Not only a change in law but a change in attitude is necessary to effect social change.

John R. Cowley

Towson

Priesthood

Archbishop William H. Keeler of Baltimore deserves commendation for the way he handled recent events surrounding the Rev. Thomas W. Smith.

Although the Catholic Church has often been criticized for mishandling such things in the past, it is evident that it has reformed.

When Archbishop Keeler became aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Father Smith he placed the priest on administrative leave and made arrangements for him to go into treatment.

After the priest's suicide, the archbishop went to the parish and spoke to the parishioners at each service, and after the funeral he spoke to the parish council, revealing the allegations in an honest, forthright way.

In regard to Father Smith's difficulties which resulted in his tragic death, I believe celibacy in itself causes sexual problems for many priests. They may or may not be acted out in inappropriate ways.

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