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November 14, 1993

Another Indignity Inflicted On Teachers

Pick up a newspaper these days and we return to a period when witch hunts were popular. Guilty before proven innocent prevailed during that time and fingers were pointed at quite a few people during that period.

Have we gone back in time, when I read that teachers are being not only charged with sex crimes, but the public insisting they are guilty without a trial, and on the basis of someone pointing a finger from long ago? . . .

The teaching profession is having a difficult time as it is to recruit people to join the field. Stories of unruly children who actually harm their teachers verbally or physically; a lack of funds not only for materials to be used in the classroom, but for raises that are generally far and few between, and now the added problem of witch hunts. Would you want to join a field for which the public has so little regard?

Every sector of society has its share of twisted characters, so why is it that the teaching profession is singled out? Because a few exist, do not label the entire sector as bad. Could we please stop the pointing and start looking for ways to improve the teaching profession so that our education system is able not only to survive, but to look to the future. . . .

Debra Gardiner

Glen Burnie

Keep Carol Parham

I would like to voice my support for naming Carol S. Parham as the permanent superintendent of Anne Arundel County schools. Ms. Parham has demonstrated the leadership, ability and vision necessary to restore trust in the Anne Arundel County school system.

We need a superintendent who will unite communities in support of our local schools. That individual must lead our schools into the future by communicating the vision of a school system that meets the individual needs of each child and who encourages strong parental involvement in the education process.

. . , I am excited that we have an individual of Carol Parham's ability and stature ready to take the helm. I urge the Anne Arundel County school board to name Ms. Parham as the permanent superintendent of Anne Arundel County schools.

Mary McNally Rose


The writer is clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

Safe Sex

"Abortion is not a form of birth control. Parents want to see us promoting chastity, but we must educate students to the reality," states a Baltimore City school teacher. The reality she speaks of is one in which teens are sexually active with or without a condom. . . . Distribution of condoms in the school system will save lives and prevent the forming of new ones. Distribution of condoms in schools will not promote sex. . . .

More than 50 percent of all high school seniors admitted to

having sex without a condom. Parents need to comprehend the fact that no matter how hard they push abstinence upon their children, some will still participate in sex. Due to the rising teen disease and pregnancy rate, parents need to do more than just preach abstinence. Parents need to approach teens with the fact that abstinence is best, yet if one does engage in sex, to use a condom. Due to lack of maturity and responsibility, sexually active teens fail to purchase protection. If condom distribution in the school system is implemented, the message will be clear -- "Safe sex is the only sex."

Jessica Schlegel


4 The writer is a Severna Park High School junior.

Pinewood Gardens

Your paper has been kind enough to print pieces on the Pinewood Garden Apartments disagreement on tearing down and erecting of new walls in the efficiency apartments. I wish to clarify a few points.

The first mention to many of the residents about the proposed changes came as phone calls about painting the apartments. Unless further questions were asked, moving walls wasn't mentioned. These calls were made on Oct. 7 that workers would be arriving after the holiday week end on Oct. 12. . . . No resident ever received written advance notice as required by our lease. No mention of wall changes was made on the construction notices posted on unit bulletin boards. When I questioned the manager about walls, he said it comes under painting.

All offices closed over the three-day weekend, leaving me no recourse to find out where the order came from or whether there was any chance of other options. Grace Jones and I knocked on 95 doors over that weekend to search out feelings of our fellow tenants; 76 people signed a petition against removing this wall. When I presented the petition to the housing director, he refused accept it, saying, in his opinion it wasn't valid because I gathered it with a negative attitude. . . .

Confronted with much opposition, management offered some options to appease the residents. Within an hour, the six options were reduced to two: Do the wall as proposed or move it back two feet to make the living area larger.

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