Home TeachingIf Karen Hosler's March 5 article regarding...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 16, 1994

Home Teaching

If Karen Hosler's March 5 article regarding the reaction of home-schoolers in defeating the proposed Miller amendment to the school aid bill is any indication, it would seem that the editors of The Sun have abandoned any allegiance to the democratic process.

The headline, "House collapses instead of standing up," sets the stage for criticizing both a concerned constituency for expressing its views and the members of the House of Representatives for actually functioning as "representatives" of the people in resoundly defeating the objectionable amendment by a vote of 424 to 1.

The article assumes that home-schoolers were misinformed and "panicky" and had no cause for alarm in attacking provisions that Mr. Miller claims were only aimed at ensuring that public school teachers be certified in the subjects they teach.

If there was no hidden agenda to extend federal control to both private schools and home-schoolers, then the criticism should be directed toward Mr. Miller for his unwillingness to add clarifying language to the amendment that would have avoided any misapplication.

Certainly any watchdog organization, such as the Home School Legal Defense Association, is entirely within its province to guard against any potential Trojan horse that might rise up to bite unsuspecting parents.

This is especially true given the fact that many home-schooling parents are currently embroiled in legal disputes over laws that initially were not presented as applicable to their situation.

Why not use this occasion to highlight the efficiency of lobbying organizations in getting the word out to their grassroots members and the initiative shown by the general public in involving themselves in the democratic process?

Instead the assumption was made that the ultimate result was throwing the baby out with the bath water in that children will now continue to be taught by teachers who are not qualified in the given subjects.

Paul Apple

Baltimore

The writer represents the Christian Home Educators Network.

Crux of a Scandal

Instead of worrying about Congress entering the fray, The Sun should be able to provide a little more "truth" in its editorial than quotes from other politicians ("A Friend of the Presidency," Mar. 8).

This whole Whitewater fiasco could have been resolved before Mr. Clinton was elected if the Democrats had wanted. It also would have saved a person's life (Vince Foster).

This is the real crux of the scandal. Why should a relatively young man working in the White House for a close friend commit suicide?

There were no believable explanations at the time. Perhaps he found the environment in Washington a little rougher than Arkansas, but enough to take his life? Come on.

It was amazing how little was said at the time. It was almost as if he had died of old age. Just something that was bound to happen.

Meantime, the Clinton machine has had a chance to "lose" all records which would have any significance or show any record of wrongdoing.

Now, while The Sun trumpets its call for the "truth," we sit around and wait for investigators to reach the conclusion that there is not enough evidence to assign any blame.

The only thing going for the good guys is that a rehash of the Foster death may flush out those who want to stop hiding the "truth."

R. D. Bush

Columbia

Insurance Woes

For the past several years my independent insurance agency has marketed health insurance to the small business market. For the past several months I have studied the Maryland Health Reform Act which goes into effect on July 1.

I feel this new law will have negative effects for Maryland health consumers.

Currently, most health insurers do not cover pre-existing conditions, baby visits, physical exams and out-patient psychiatric care. The new law will require health insurers to cover these medical procedures and conditions.

The typical health insurance company maintains net profit margins of approximately 5 percent. If health insurance companies must cover these new medical procedures and not exclude pre-existing conditions, they will have to raise their premiums rather dramatically in order to maintain their profitability.

Approximately 600,000 Maryland citizens do not have health insurance coverage mainly because they cannot afford the premiums. The new law will do nothing to help uninsured citizens.

It is my understanding that Maryland will attempt to control future premium increases and health care costs through a cost review board.

A number of health insurance company executives have informed me that if they cannot raise their premiums to cover their higher claims costs they will discontinue writing health insurance in Maryland, resulting in less competition.

James K. Calcutt

Darlington

Increase Adoption Subsidies to Foster Parents

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