Teachers not owners of the public schoolsSo now the State...

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November 24, 1993

Teachers not owners of the public schools

So now the State Board of Education has upset the Maryland teachers' unions by considering private enterprise as a viable method for managing schools. Good!

The primary objective of today's teachers' unions is protecting teachers' jobs while promoting their own "educational" agendas, with little regard for raising -- or even maintaining -- quality levels in our children's essential education. (For proof of this, one need only examine American SAT scores over the past few decades.)

That the unions should call Maryland public schools "our schools" and oppose the board's consideration of a remedial plan that includes free enterprise is ludicrous.

When did Maryland's public schools become the property of the teachers' unions?

If the unions and their members were doing the job satisfactorily, they would have nothing to worry about. But their monopoly hasn't yielded very impressive results, deservedly earning them the challenge of some good old-fashioned capitalist competition.

I wholly support the board's idea, and I can only hope that they won't be intimidated by the unions' political tricks.

If the unions really cared about the generations of Marylanders to come, they wouldn't be spending their members' dues on political campaigns, but on programs that would make outside help unnecessary in the battle against poor education.

Timothy Wallace

Baltimore

Self-denial

Ed Rollins says the Republicans spent $500,000 in the New Jersey gubernatorial election to suppress the black vote. Now he says that this was not so.

Republican Congressman Helen Delich Bentley says that she was offered "way up in the six figures for my gubernatorial campaign if I'd switch my vote . . ." Later that day she denies that this was said to her.

What are we to think when people as prominent as Rollins and Bentley make statements and then proceed almost immediately to deny them?

In New Jersey a suit is being brought against the Republicans and political consultant Ed Rollins to determine if laws have been broken and if the gubernatorial election results should be set aside.

In Maryland, Mrs. Bentley's five fellow gubernatorial candidates have called on the congresswoman to set the record straight about the "six figures" bribe that she alleged.

David L. Armacost

Baltimore

Thanks for EMS

Michael M. Perry II was struck by lightning on the beach in Ocean City Aug. 3. Today he is alive and recovering well because Maryland's Emergency Medical System works.

It worked every step of the way, from life guards to paramedics to local hospital personnel to helicopter crews to the Shock Trauma staff.

Many of those individuals have been honored and thanked in official and unofficial ways.

I wish to acknowledge the entire staff at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. They did the possible and the impossible for Michael, his family and friends.

The people of the Shock Trauma Center are to be honored and commended for the untiring work they do.

Poinier W. Perry

Columbia

Split GOP

Nov. 10 was a very sad day in Maryland Republican politics. Come next November we will have two wonderful women out of jobs, and I personally will lose two great representatives -- House Minority Leader Ellen Sauerbrey and U.S. Congresswoman Helen Bentley.

Mrs. Sauerbrey has been in Annapolis for 14 years and knows her way around state government. She has the clout and the respect to get her programs through a tough legislature -- if she is elected governor.

Mrs. Bentley, on the other hand, has never worked in Annapolis. However, she does know the halls of Washington. People there respect her and acknowledge her for the savvy lady that she is.

She has done tremendous things for the city and the state since her election in 1984. She will be sorely missed in the Second District.

Mrs. Bentley should have run for the Senate. That way Maryland would have two strong Republican women running for the top jobs in the state. Now, instead, there will be a great split in the party.

Come November 1994, whoever the GOP nominee is will probably lose to a strong candidate representing a unified Democratic Party.

Helen B. Gallagher

Baltimore

Health options

It was with relief that I received the news that we at last had a president willing to grapple with the need for a universal health care program.

I even acknowledged his need to compromise with the medical insurance industry in order to get his plan before the American people.

However, I am now having doubts about what I considered to be the compromise.

The service components of the medical industry have shown a reluctance to being regulated at the state and federal levels. I have been amazed at the ability of medical institutions to make end runs around rules and regulations set by government insurance regulators.

Already the old guard of the medical industry is linking forces with those of the medical insurance industry.

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