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LETTERS

October 08, 1995

Mishap refuted myth that people don't care

I am writing this letter in regards to an article in The Sun for Howard County (Sept. 6) in reference to the car accident in which a former Centennial student, Kevin Smith, was involved.

The article was a fairly short one which primarily focused on the facts around the accident itself. I think attention should be drawn to the effect made on the people of this school after Kevin Smith's accident.

Practically every student at Centennial High knows Kevin or knows of Kevin through his father, Bruce Smith, a highly respected and liked teacher at Centennial. After news of Kevin's accident was brought to everyone's attention by our principal, Edgar Markley, there was an air of sadness around our school. The majority of students here went out of their way, in some way, to wish Kevin the best and show him that they were hoping for him.

The main thing that touched me was the amount of help people were willing to lend to the Smith family during their troubled time. Throughout this whole ordeal, there is a definite sense of love and compassion going out to the Smith family.

This sort of reaction to a human being hurt deserves to have

attention called to it; it displays something in the human spirit which many believe doesn't exist anymore. There was no "these things happen," no "oh, well." People didn't just feel bad for a second, and then turn back to doing whatever they were doing before.

I have the pleasure of being fairly close to Mr. Smith, although not to Kevin. But just by knowing Mr. Smith and Kevin a little, I know that there's not a nicer person something so terrible could happen to. I'd like to suggest a follow-up article on Kevin's accident, which made not only an impression on me, but on the rest of Centennial High School.

Bonny Ghosh

Ellicott City

Casino gambling? See Atlantic City

There is only one true direction to the pending gambling issue in Maryland. Vote no.

Although the various regions of the state may decrease their rates of unemployment if commercial casinos are permitted, what happens if the gaming interests and their friends in public relations "promise the moon" of jobs and revenue, and do not deliver? Who will then be held accountable?

If any resident of this state wants to see first-hand the total picture of the gaming world, take a four-hour drive to Atlantic City. There you will see two cities in one: The "glitter" of the boardwalk and the decaying boarded-up housing, just across the street.

Some words of advice to those in the gaming arena: Your advertisements and money will not influence the elected officials of this state, and the voters who will either re-elect or reject them in 1998.

Some words of advice to state legislators who will be voting on allowing legalize gambling in Maryland during the 1996 General Assembly session: Do not for a moment let yourself believe their promises for your community. They have no ties to your district. We do. You will need to remember that when seeking to be in Annapolis come January 1999.

Al Liebeskind

Columbia

What happened to parenting?

While watching a program on television, I recently came across the advisory warning to parents suggesting that the program may be too violent for younger viewers. I am perfectly aware of censorship of television and how television has been under attack lately due to the nature of material a television show contains. I have heard the criticism of parents. I have heard the complaints from other individuals who strongly support family values and how the media should be ashamed of what they are making, especially with all the young viewers.

However, I fail to grasp the concept of the advisory label. Sure, I believe in family values. That's why I don't understand why a parent needs someone to tell them how to parent their children. I would think that a parent would be wise enough to know what shows are appropriate for their children and which shows are not. I would think if parents were really concerned about their kids and the types of things they are exposed to, they would pre-screen the material before they let their kids see it.

If people really care about family values and spending time doing things as a family, then they would find the time to watch appropriate programs as a family instead of devoting their time to supporting an advisory label for the shows they know they're not going to let their kids watch anyway.

To me, this just says that the parents and supporters of this action don't have enough faith in themselves to raise their kids and bring them up with a sense of morals and values.

Suzanne Mazzone

Ellicott City

What's wrong with Harper's Choice

Adam Sachs' piece on Harper's Choice businesses caught my attention in the Aug. 23 Sun for Howard County. As a longtime visitor to the center, I feel the article lacked depth. Although this village center has been around for years, I would never have referred to it as a "hub of activity."

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