EAI can't be trusted to do the jobIt is tragic that...

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October 31, 1994

EAI can't be trusted to do the job

It is tragic that children who live in the city are victims of the experiment perpetrated by Education Alternatives, Inc.

The company's so-called Tesseract program has failed miserably, but this should come as no surprise to anyone who understands that private enterprise almost always will fail when it comes to providing societal necessities.

The first priority for a private business is to make a profit for its owners and stockholders. All other considerations are secondary, and for the most part they are looked upon as a drag on economic freedom.

If we allow this experiment to go further, we all will suffer, not just those schools that are already involved with EAI.

If privatization is such a great deal, why is it that only poor cities are latching on to this idea? Why don't we ever hear about suburban school districts considering privatization?

One reason is because suburban schools are not struggling with inadequate funding like city schools are.

Another is that suburban school districts know that when you put children's lives into the hands of greedy corporations, the children almost always will be the ones who suffer. It is criminal that corporations such as EAI are be allowed to prey on the poorest of the poor.

It is time for all of us -- parents, students and teachers -- to take back our schools from those who would destroy them for their own private gain. We can no longer stand by and allow our children's lives to be played with.

We should demand that the government and school administrators allow coalitions of community leaders, parents, teachers and students, to have more control over the operations of the schools.

How can an outside agency, especially one whose main interest is in making a profit, be allowed to continue to control an extremely important community institution? Are we interested in saving public education from further deterioration?

If the answer to that question is yes, then we must wake up and realize that there are powerful forces who do not have our best interests at heart.

If we are not going to throw these corporations out on their ears -- as I believe we should -- then it is imperative that we make certain there is a better system of accountability put in place in order to avoid future disasters.

Robert Jenusaitis

Baltimore

Postal service

Is it no wonder the U.S. Postal Service has such a bad reputation?

When I went to get forms for a special permit, the clerk couldn't find them.

When I called back the following day, as per his instructions, to remind him to locate the forms, he wasn't in.

When I finally took the completed application to be processed, both the person who handles the permits and the postmaster were gone from the building. I would have to return another time.

Before we're asked for another rate hike, I think the postal system needs to demonstrate they've earned it.

George F. Spicka

Baltimore

Murder is murder

Why are we surprised about Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr.'s decision in the case of Kenneth Peacock?

Has nobody noticed that a lot of murder cases end with similar result, regardless of the race or sex of the victim?

As much as I am glad to see the nation galvanized against a murderous act, I would be more encouraged if the outrage was more than political. The "justice" system is unjust. Let's fix the whole thing.

Kevin Appler

Ellicott City

Beltway speed

I often wonder if anything can be done to reduce the speed of beltway drivers. Without a doubt, I-695 has become a racetrack.

It has become necessary to drive beyond the allotted speed limit just to keep up with traffic. Perish the thought of driving 55 mph. That won't get you to your destination quickly.

What happens when you do drive 55? Other drivers tend to ride your bumper or whiz around you at about 80 mph.

In an age of fast pace and even faster cars, it's no wonder people crave speed. But what will it take for people to realize that a car is not a toy and driving is certainly not a game? I dread the answer.

If we lived in an ideal world, those who drove unsafely and caused accidents would be justly punished.

But unfortunately, this is hardly an ideal world; more often than not, the rule-followers are unjustly punished.

What can be done to change driving habits? A lower speed limit assuredly would fail.

Perhaps more education through terribly disturbing commercials? Perhaps more ticketing? We all deserve it.

Lori Sears

Owings Mills

Back to the city

In response to Michael Olesker's Oct. 16 column, ''Crowd at Enrico's missed the flight to suburbia,'' numerous suburbanites now miss the flight to ''urbania'' to enjoy the ambience of the now-closed Bud Paolino's seafood house.

Residents from Towson and other communities around the beltway can no longer return to that crab house to capture the atmosphere of the way Baltimore used to be in regards to cracking crabs, ''Hon, can we have another pitcher?'' or shooting pool with the local residents.

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