Police Ignored Horse Owner's PleaThis letter is to express...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 24, 1993

Police Ignored Horse Owner's Plea

This letter is to express my concern over a situation that occurred in Severna Park on Sept. 28. As I'm sure you are aware, Severna Park experienced a severe storm, possibly a tornado, on that date.

Two other girls and I keep horses on Truck House Road, right in the heart of where the storm hit. Having received a call at work that my neighborhood was impassable, I was immediately worried about the horses and the state of the farm.

Since I work near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, I would be the first one to arrive to check on everything. I became increasingly alarmed as I got to Ritchie Highway and all the traffic signals were out from Jumpers Junction on south. I finally got to Earleigh Heights Road only to be stopped at the B&A Trail Park.

An Anne Arundel County police officer would not let me pass. There were trees and power lines down, just ahead at the intersection of Earleigh Heights and Truck House Road. There was, however, room for a vehicle to get by. I explained that there were horses back on Truck House Road that may be injured or even loose.

He said, "I can't help you with that." I asked if there wasn't someone to escort me back there in case he felt that I was not being truthful with him. His response to me was, "If it's not people involved, then I can't help you. I can't leave my post." I then proceeded to run the mile distance, in my dress shoes I might add, to check on the horses.

Thankfully, the barn and fences were still standing. The horses were still a little distressed from the storm, but basically unharmed. . . . My concern is how the officer viewed this situation. However beautiful and awe-inspiring horses are, set loose and possibly injured they pose a great threat to the people and property of the community around them. A loose horse will not dodge out of the way of an oncoming car, and a frightened one will run down a person in its way.

Maryland is horse country and horses bring a great deal of money into its economy. I feel that in times of emergency, there needs to be more of an effort to help those who can't help themselves, namely our horses. . . .

I'm extremely grateful that Mother Nature spared our horses, because human nature didn't care.

Lisa M. Boch

Severna Park

The Price Affair

In response to Howard Meinz of Baltimore (Letters to the editor, Oct. 3), who states that the Price affair "goes back to the parents of promiscuous teens" who have "failed to provide their children with the moral values and disciplines they need to make the right decisions in the face of a difficult situation," I say poppycock.

. . . I have attempted to teach my children to respect authority, but to realize that a person in a position of authority is only human and therefore subject to fallibility.

My daughter is 16 and attends Northeast High School. She was not a victim, perhaps because of this upbringing. However, she has attitude problems. No method of upbringing is infallible. Parents are not given manuals with their newborns. And by the time their children reach puberty, there are too many manuals of diverse context to choose an appropriate one. So parents do the best that they can. . . .

Most parents teach their children to respect authority. Unfortunately, Ron Price took advantage of this fact and the school system overlooked the situation. Blaming the parents, and worse blaming the children, is ludicrous.

No one but Ron Price is to blame for his actions.

S. J. Hall

Pasadena

School Testing

Who could oppose a test strengthening the skills of Maryland students for their future needs? Not a student like me, preparing for my future. In response to your Sept. 29 article, "Maryland ponders new test to get diplomas," I realized that the school system's testing was lacking in many ways, and students need to be more prepared for the real world.

Maybe Irene Dandridge, co-president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, who called the recommendations premature, doesn't know that one test administered to 20,000 students on basic science had surprising results: School authorities learned that students knew the memorized facts, but could not interpret data or analyze conclusions. Does strict memorization help in real life? Yes, I might memorize how to load a program into the computer, but knowing what data to enter . . . cannot be memorized.

As for the dropout rate, the 16,000 a year in Maryland who decide to leave school should be given other reasons to decide )) to stay in school. The school administration needs to focus on the positive strategies that keep kids in school, like more personal attention and more interesting classes. . . .

Randi Molofsky

Severna Park

The writer is a sophomore at Severna Park High School.

DeGraff Candidacy

As long-time residential homeowners in Annapolis' Ward 7, we were was pleased to hear that Terrie DeGraff was running for alderman again for the city of Annapolis.

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