ThanksThank you for having the article by Juanita Mathews...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 21, 1995

Thanks

Thank you for having the article by Juanita Mathews, "My Children Have Questions in Their Eyes," on the top of the Opinion * Commentary page of The Sun July 14.

It is so beautifully written. It's feelings from the heart.

What a teacher! What a person! Thank you, Juanita Mathews!

Florence R. Bahr

Elkridge

Counselors

Staff writer Jean Thompson makes a dangerous leap by suggesting (July 6) that the excellent once-per-week services provided by the CollegeBound program personnel could allow schools to "eliminate guidance counselors, to spend their dollars on other services . . ."

Although we are proud of the number of graduating students who choose post-secondary education and are accepted into junior colleges, four-year colleges, trade schools and the military, counselors are also concerned with helping students who choose to work after graduation.

We assist students who drop out of school, students with personal problems, parents, grandparents and guardians with concerns.

Guidance personnel give aid and support to community agencies involved with our students. Counselors bring employers into the school for "mock interviews" which can result in a genuine job offer.

We teach conflict mediation, help students plan for their futures with curriculum choices, work with failing students and even help track down truants.

With all the tasks, we aggressively sell the need for future education and we are grateful for the help we receive from our CollegeBound representative.

We need more adults and more resources for the guidance staff, not less. We have a Commonwealth counselor and a new School to Work coordinator in our school.

Please let them do their jobs, they do them well, but do not think XTC that they should replace the staff already serving children.

Beverly Winter

Baltimore

The writer is a counselor in the Baltimore City public schools.

Discarded Jobs

Numerous reports in the press foretell losses of jobs by many workers of large corporations that in the interest of greater efficiency and profit plan sweeping reorganizations.

Loss of many jobs affects not only those unfortunate people who lose employment but also their community, since loss of business, increased burden on the welfare system and an increase in crime are all correlated with increased unemployment in a community.

The question arises whether it would not be fair and fully justified to demand a larger share of contribution to the increased cost to the public when a private company increases its profit at the price of pushing additional burdens onto the taxpayers.

Of course, the company might respond by threats of pulling out entirely from the community. Such a move would involve additional expenses and a loss of trained work force.

By carefully considering the pros and cons, a community might recover some of its extra burden, and obligate a company to take into consideration additional factors besides profitability in making decisions about its employees.

G. G. Pinter

Ellicott City

'Hypocrisy'

My, my, my. How soon we forget.

Your editorial of June 23, "A Question of Fairness," tells us that litmus tests neither serve country nor government; and KAL's malevolent editorial cartoon of the same day portrays Sen. Phil Gramm as a butcher, bending the knee to the "religious right" as he serves up the head of Dr. Henry Foster on a platter.

How unfair of the Republicans!

Where was your outcry against the unfairness of a Democratic controlled Senate and committee applying their litmus test in the hearing for nomination to the Supreme Court of one of the most qualified men ever to be nominated for that position?

No hue and cry was forthcoming from you when Democratic senators bent the knee to "radical liberals" as they served up the head of Judge Robert H. Bork on a platter.

Hypocrisy, thy name is The Baltimore Sun.

Richard G. Bartholomee

Pikesville

Bosnia

In her Opinion * Commentary essay "The Shame of Srebrenica" (July 13), Diane Paul is concerned about the thousands of women and children who may lose their lives if the fighting is not stopped.

She feels that lifting the arms embargo will prolong the fighting. She also thinks that a serious military effort should be mounted by the U.N. This would include using vast numbers of U.S. military personnel.

Obviously, Ms. Paul is not aware of the long-standing problems in this area. In his book, "Blood, Tears and Folly," Len Deighton states that in early 1941, "Croat militia murdered 250,000 people in three months . . . Muslims decimated the Christian population . . . As the war progressed, torrents of blood were shed as various paramilitary partisan groups fought each other."

The collapse of the Soviet Union has brought renewed partisan fighting. It would take a massive effort to subdue the very sophisticated weapons being used in this area. It would also entail a loss of many American military personnel.

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