Again and AgainIn his Oct. 30 column -- "Vouchers Again...


November 14, 1993

Again and Again

In his Oct. 30 column -- "Vouchers Again. And Again. And Again."-- M. William Salganik presents a good overview of the issue but fails to mention the reasons why we keep hearing about vouchers "again and again."

In my opinion, despite the outcome of the California proposal, we are going to continue to hear of them because we have not resolved the underlying issue of "just whose kids are they, anyway?"

In a democratic, pluralistic society, is it any wonder that parents should persist in the instinctive belief that the children belong to them and are theirs to educate? And yet, the education establishment and teachers' unions continue to treat the children as state property and to treat parents who ask hard questions about curricula or methodology as meddlesome intruders.

When you consider the fact that in less than 30 years we have gone from over 85,000 school districts in this country to under 14,000, it's easy to see why parents feel disenfranchised in the face of such mammoth bureaucracies and a national teachers' union with 2 million members and an annual operating budget of over $135 million.

Therefore, until we, as a society, come to grips with the fundamental question of whether education is primarily the responsibility of parents or the state, I believe we will continue to hear of vouchers "again and again and again."

John D. Schiavone


For Local Art

When the Van Gogh exhibit came to the Baltimore Museum of Art, my late husband, Herman Maril, was the artist-representative on the board of trustees, and we were invited to the preview.

Van Gogh's nephew spoke about his uncle not being able to see this magnificent display and ended by imploring the audience to take note of the talented local artists by supporting and recognizing their efforts.

Today, young artists have little chance of being discovered or recognized in Maryland because of the termination of the Maryland's Artist Exhibit and closing of the museum's rental gallery.

Awards were made and prizes and museum purchases were often funded by various corporations and foundations. The audience was able to follow the development of area artists from year to year.

The three-man jury consisted of distinguished diversified artists, museum directors or critics from outside the area. This was a stimulating and educational event.

As taxpayers, artists and the public are entitled to more. Letters deserve to be answered, and there should be volunteers to help the staff provide access to stored works.

What happened to the 20 to 30 dedicated volunteers who worked for the rental gallery? May artist Ralph McGuire's experience, reported in the Nov. 3 Sun, serve as an impetus to change the system and pave the way for some of the positive activities of the past to be reinstated.

Esta C. Maril


Gallery or Circus?

Five hundred political hacks jammed into the Renaissance Sculpture Court of the Walters Art Gallery for a fund-raiser for gubernatorial candidate Parris Glendening.

What do the trustees of the Walters Art Gallery think they run, 44TC museum or a circus? I bet Henry Walters is spinning in his grave. It's time Jay Wilson and his fellow trustees rethought their priorities.

Geoffrey W. Fielding


The writer is a former public relations director for the Walters.

Evil Ends

Sebastian Zito's Oct. 20 letter compared a gun to a chain saw, a knife and a screwdriver, describing them as "inanimate objects that are not intrinsically evil."

Let us not forget that a chain saw was made to cut lumber; a knife to butter bread and a screwdriver to build shelves. A handgun is made for one purpose only: to kill another human begin. If that is not "intrinsically evil," what is?

John Kastner


If Harassed

The American way of life these days seems to constantly center on what is going on between the neck and the knee. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, titter, titter, ad nauseam!

The hue and cry from far too many women is that they are being sexually harassed, so here are a few solutions:

1. If your job does, indeed, include the situation, get out of there. Report it now -- not 10 years later.

2. If you perpetrate the "come-on" (and unless you are a dimwit, you do know how not to do it), you can always expect the boys to react. That's what they are programmed to do.

3. A good swift kick in the nether region will deter any advance from any non-gentleman. Use this defense without compunction, and if you are fired for it, lucky you.

4. If your doctor, lawyer, psychiatrist, employer or even your senator pursues these practices, change your appointment, your workplace or your vote.

Do it immediately, but not before delivering No. 3 as a parting salute to those baser instincts.

Perhaps that will get their thoughts above the neck and between their ears, where they should be.

Virginia H. S. Hoffmaster


Today's Minuteman Is Ready

This letter is in reference to the Oct. 29 editorial, ''Demands on the National Guard.''

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