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January 06, 1995

Liberal evil

Your selection of cartoons for the "1994 in Review" on the

Dec. 30 Other Voices page proves that liberals are every bit as mean-spirited as they claim conservatives are.

Gary A. Smith

Baltimore

Calvert's success

Anyone who has been reading the newspapers over the years should have noticed that the Calvert School program at Barclay Elementary School has consistently produced superior results and won accolades.

While educational philosophies come and go, the very successful Calvert School program is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Why aren't we instituting this program in the ever-floundering Baltimore school system?

Susan E. Mannion

Baltimore

'Teacher proof'?

A recent editorial noted that Baltimore schools that have switched to the Calvert School curriculum have produced "students who consistently score at or above the national average in reading and comprehension. Math scores glow too." ("Teaching the Old-Fashioned Way," Dec. 26).

While the efficacy of such a program should not be contested, I question the tacit assumption that part of the success of the Calvert School curriculum results from the fact that the curriculum is "teacher-proof."

What that remark suggests is that the problems of the Baltimore school system and the difficulties of its students stem not from any ills of the larger society, such as inequities in funding or lack of student self-discipline, but entirely from the teachers.

The problems of any major school system are myriad and pervasive. No one element is uniquely responsible for a system's failures.

To imply that the Calvert School curriculum succeeds because it is "teacher-proof" would be analogous to suggesting that a newspaper is successful because it is "editor-proof."

If The Sun has a commitment to education, I suggest it look to the larger society to explain the failure of a particular system.

Barbara M. Simar

Baltimore

Lost bracelet

My wife lost a gold bracelet recently in the Giant on Ridgely Road. My son and I returned to the store and searched it aisle by aisle without finding the bracelet.

This morning I finally convinced my wife to call the store to see if perhaps someone had turned it in to the lost and found.

To be honest, I thought the chances of this happening were slim. So imagine her surprise when the manager told her two bracelets had been turned in. When my wife arrived at the store one of the bracelets was indeed hers.

I had just given her the bracelet for Christmas, and its loss had dampened everyone's spirits.

Whoever turned it in did not leave a name so that we could thank them. I hope that he or she will read this and know how much their kindness is appreciated.

Jan Snyder

Timonium

Safety concerns

Martin Carr's Dec. 26 letter on the crime problems encountered at Harbor Park movie, Light Street Pavilion and nearby restaurants was an eye-opener.

Now we read that the Children's Museum will move downtown to the Old Fish Market, or a chocolate factory might, since kids and candy go together so well.

Kids and crime do not go well together. What will be done to make downtown as safe as the Cloisters?

Margaret W. Todd

Baltimore

A better world must be goal by 2000

A Nov. 16 article reported that the Clinton administration will consider the health of military contractors when reviewing arms sales to foreign customers. It stated that our government is lobbying foreign capitals on behalf of cash-strapped U. S. arms contractors.

It quoted a Pentagon spokesman as saying that "the basic reason for selling weapons overseas has been to advance our foreign policy goals."

Our country and others relish the sales of arms to smaller nations. They in turn start fighting each other. Our friends sometimes become foes. Wars go on and on as they have for centuries.

The countries must keep upgrading their arms and spending more and more money. In the meantime, millions of people live poorer lives because of the wars and the arms races. Everyone loses.

I read that the Republicans want to increase military spending and lower payments to the United Nations peace-keeping efforts.

The present administration also wants to increase military spending. Isn't there something better than this kind of activity?

As we approach the year 2000, how about having our country raise its sights and supply moral leadership for the world.

How about working toward getting all of the nations through the United Nations to agree to cut off trade for at least five years with any state that attacks another country. That would include food and medical supplies.

Since we are interdependent, that would be strong medicine and would reduce the incentive to always be building arms.

Another thing, how about getting all of the nations to agree to help any country that is hurt by a natural disaster, such as an earthquake. These things would promote friendship, trust and goodwill.

Our country honors those who have served in the military forces and particularly those who gave their lives. That is as it should be.

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