We miss work of cartoonist Rob SnyderNot exempt from the...

LETTERS

November 12, 1995

We miss work of cartoonist Rob Snyder

Not exempt from the harsh, cost-cutting realities of corporate America, The Sun is reportedly in the process of downsizing its work force throughout the metropolitan area. One apparent casualty of this reduction in force is cartoonist Rob Snyder, whose entertaining, incisive cartoons no longer greet us on Sunday mornings.

Many will miss the trenchant wit and honest independence of Mr. Snyder's work, which others hopefully will get to enjoy as we have in recent years in Anne Arundel County.

John R. Leopold

Pasadena

The writer is a state delegate representing Legislative District 31.

Money for anything but teachers

As a taxpayer, I am concerned. Now I realize that as a teacher in the Anne Arundel County Public School system, my personal opinions should remain within our doors. However, as a taxpayer, my money also helps fund public education, and I deserve a voice.

Again speaking as a citizen, I have to question the financial wizards who make the spending decisions. One moment, they're allocating funds for the controversial "service learning" requirement. The next minute the public is being told that a cost-of-living adjustment for teachers is out of the question; the Board of Education can't afford it.

"Let's throw some money at the sacred citizenship test," they say. Sure enough, there's another requirement. So researchers, test writers, test administrators and scorers are now hired. Now there isn't enough money in the budget to hire any new teachers, and class sizes continue to swell. Who's in charge here, anyway? Can't moral decision-making and service to the community be patterned and taught at home anymore? I know I got this far without ever knowing how many members of the House of Representatives come from Rhode Island.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the best way to improve public education is to attract and retain the best qualified teachers available. The way to do this is to stop cramming these costly, bogus programs down our throats and concentrate on reducing class sizes, improving employee salaries and health care benefits, and giving teachers adequate time to prepare lessons during the work week. Someone has messed up big-time, and unfortunately for you and me, they're playing with "house" money.

Richard Hannon

Glen Burnie

The writer is a teacher at Chesapeake Bay Middle School.

Olesker distorted Million Man March

We just received our first edition of The Sun for Anne Arundel, which we ordered on a trial basis. We did not find it acceptable.

Michael Olesker's column in the Oct. 19 edition was filled with blatant lies and distortions about the Million Man March. I watched the Million Man March all day on TV. What march did Mr. Olesker watch?

Mr. Olesker claims the march was an all-day rant against whites with no mention of atonement. He took one minor digression of Minister Farrakhan's speech about certain numerical equations and presented them as the focus of his entire 2 1/2 -hour lecture. All of us who attended the march or watched it know that one of its highlights was the unanimous pledge, led by Minister Farrakhan, to lead a straight and moral life, to make our communities clean and safe and to raise our children to be responsible citizens. This pledge and the reconciliation of black men with each other was the central message and highlight of the entire march.

Your paper's omission of the greater part of the march and false characterization of its content is deliberate and malicious. It is just another example of media lies and distortions. I will contact your subscription office and cancel our trial subscription.

Keith L. Garside

Odenton

Leave casino issue up to the voters

Do you think that the casino issue will ever go away? In your undying dedication to keep casinos from the "Land of Pleasant Living," not once have you mentioned "Leave it up to the voters." For that matter, I have not heard of any government official say, "Let them vote on it at election time."

Is there something to dread in letting people make the choice or is it that you know what's good for the people. We have Mayor Kurt Schmoke saying he's against a casino downtown while six blocks away in any direction are scores of men standing on corners just hoping for a good job.

You are now talking about putting slots at the tracks. Have you been to any of them lately? They are dirty, have overpriced, lousy food and charge you to get in. The casino at least feeds you well and tries to make you feel good while it fleeces you. The track just thinks it is doing you a favor in the name of the "sport of kings."

Frank Vavra

Linthicum

Cars aren't problem, neighbors are

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