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July 15, 1994

Performance goals needed for Amprey

What are parents of children in the Baltimore City schools to make of the recent pay raise and four-year contract for the school superintendent, Walter Amprey? Why a 12 percent ($15,000) increase when teachers are receiving a 4 percent increase? Why an expense account increase from $5,000 to $15,000?

Why give permission to collect unlimited fees for speaking engagements, which can only diminish his availability for "superintending"?

Why does he get a four-year guaranteed contract with neither a proposed plan for educational improvement nor any demonstrable administrative accomplishment?

Does the Board of Education really represent the educational interests of children and their parents or . . .?

I read nothing about performance standards for the superintendent in your coverage (June 30). How can the system require performance standards for teachers when the superintendent has none?

My children's teachers have no spending allowance. (In fact I am always having to reimburse these teachers for out-of-pocket expenses that they willingly undertake with no guarantee of reimbursement.)

They have no guaranteed salary without regard to the work they perform or the results they accomplish.

If good teachers coupled with appropriate support truly make the difference in a school system, the mayor and the school board have truly lost it. I am incensed by this sell-out.

Andrew Joseph O'Brien


Failed system

One reason we have one of the worst crime rates in the world can be found in the O. J. Simpson legal proceedings.

The procedures are dominated by legal technicalities, minutiae and maneuvering as opposed to simply looking for the truth to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

The system is overburdened with protection for defendants. Thus everyone pays the price in living in fear of crime.

Our criminal justice system is a failure compared with the rest of the world, as is proven by our crime rates for murder, rape, robbery, etc.

Criminals know it is difficult to be found guilty, and even if they are, they may file endless appeals.

If imprisoned, they still have a right to such creature comforts as television, libraries, recreation, etc., as well as early parole.

Fear of punishment has little deterrent value for criminals in this country. When will the public realize that the scales of justice must be tilted back in favor of the victims and potential victims of crime?

William G. Sturm Sr.


Annapolis sports

If I understand it right, the Naval Academy Athletic Association was formed to support the Naval Academy sports programs in such a way as to make them self-sufficient, not as a profit center for a sports business like the Baltimore Orioles.

There is a difference between sound business management of a non-profit organization and a conglomerate business like Jerry Hardesty's. They each have their place but should not be confused with one another.

Mr. Hardesty ignores the county and state offices contributing to the Annapolis community as well as all the water-related businesses that draw visitors and residents to the area. This area has changed tremendously in 30 years. Fortunately for Annapolis, the ambience was greatly improved by the dedicated efforts of people like Mrs. J. M. P. Wright, who recognized the historic value of the town.

The NAAA has been a party to the changes in Annapolis but is no longer the only show in town. This is a fact not always recognized by NAAA management or businessmen like Mr. Hardesty.

Edward S. Gallagher


Welfare Russians

There are many things I will never understand about this country. President Clinton's solution to the problem of the Russian troops in the Baltic states has to be added to the list.

Mr. Clinton pledged to give United States taxpayer money to 2,500 former Red Army officers who are now living in the Baltic states formerly occupied by the Soviet Union. The officers do not want to return to their country and the Baltic states refuse to give them citizenship.

Mr. Clinton wants to give each of these former officers $25,000 so that they can buy homes in Russia.

This represents $62.5 million in taxpayer money. Excuse my ignorance, but why? Can't tax money be better used in the U.S? Don't we have housing needs even if we do not have Russian officers?

Had this "welfare money" been spent in the United States to provide housing for our own citizens, would there be an uprising of taxpayers?

Charles D. Connelly


Second amendment

All the hoopla in O. J. Simpson's preliminary hearing over the rights granted us by the Fourth Amendment of our Bill of Rights against search and seizure without a warrant is amazing.

I, as well as the greater majority of Americans, hold the Bill of Rights and our Constitution most dear.

However, as the Fourth Amendment is being lauded, another part of that Bill of Rights is being lambasted to the point that some idiots have proposed that it be repealed.

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