Taiwan is not just China's internal affairThank you very...

Letters

March 13, 1996

Taiwan is not just China's internal affair

Thank you very much for your continuing coverage of China's ''reckless and provocative'' missile tests against Taiwan when the island is having the first democratic presidential election in the history of any Chinese society.

Whether President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan should be re-elected is debatable, but could only be decided by the voters in Taiwan, judging his ability to run the nation. It should not be decided by some dictators and warlords in Beijing whose hands are still full of the blood from the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

The real danger is the international recognition of China's position that the China-Taiwan dispute is a ''domestic issue,'' leaving no room for foreign intervention and mediation.

Would society turn its back on an abused spouse or child in need of rescue because it is a ''domestic affair''? Of course not. We understand too well the dreadful consequences of an abusive relationship without societal intervention.

Likewise, if international society fails to send the right messages to China, not only Taiwan's newly espoused democracy and freedom are at risk, the peace and stability of all Asia will be threatened.

We should remember that isolationism only breeds aggression.

Matthew Ma

Towson

Palestine does not exist

In your March 5 editorial, ''Campaign of terror against peace,'' there are several glaring errors.

References are made to ''Palestine,'' as if it were a state when, of course, it does not exist.

The phrase ''Palestine President Yasser Arafat'' is also incorrect. Yasser Arafat is chairman of the Palestine Authority.

''If Israelis react as the bombers wish, the Palestine contemplated in peace agreements will never come to be.'' Contemplated by whom?

Most Israelis contemplate an ''autonomous area'' while most Palestinians contemplate an ''independent state.''

You should be more cautious with the terminology you use in your editorials.

Bernard Siegel

Baltimore

Scapegoating city teachers

As a Baltimore City teacher, I was offended by Sara Engram's disrespectful and condescending Feb. 25 column.

After stating that urban teachers have a difficult time earning respect, Ms. Engram claims that out of these ashes of disrespect will rise our salvation in the form of a new teacher evaluation tied to student test scores. She believes that Baltimore City teachers should embrace this new evaluation and respect will follow.

Ms. Engram is right when she says Baltimore teachers are not respected. But she must have spent too much time talking to state Superintendent Nancy Grasmick and children and youth advocate Chris Lambert and not enough time talking to Baltimore's teachers. She does what every other top-down, administrative-minded, non-teaching person does places that burden squarely on the backs of the teachers.

The fact is, Baltimore City teachers should have already earned respect.

When compared to surrounding counties, city teachers teach larger classes with fewer materials and resources and for lower pay. Also, city teachers deal with a larger percentage of students with serious problems, such as poverty, single-parent homes, teen pregnancy, drugs and violence.

These are not excuses, they are facts. What Baltimore's teachers need is serious and committed attention to these problems, not a new evaluation.

Tom Andrione

Baltimore

Rawlings puts children first

Del. Howard Rawlings has shown himself to be one of the few elected officials in our city to exhibit courage, conviction and candor.

He alone has the spine to say to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Superintendent Walter Amprey that city school children are not being well served.

He has the strength of character to say that taxpayers' money can no longer be wasted and that the children of the city school system deserve better. No other leader in our City Council or General Assembly contingent has shown such conviction.

Surely, he will pay the price for his candor. With his courage and the support of city taxpayers, he can withstand any political reprisals that will be launched against him.

Here is one politician who did not blame others, whine about race or poverty or shrink from his public duty to all of the citizens of this state. Would that we had more like Delegate Rawlings in Annapolis, on North Avenue and in City Hall.

The true beneficiaries of Delegate Rawlings' principled actions will be the children of the city schools who are not being prepared to face the world of the next century.

There is no more honorable purpose than to serve children and the delegate has put the children of the city ahead of political considerations.

Certainly this is a rare event. A politician of his caliber should receive public approbation for serving his constituency as honorably as he is doing.

Mitchell Misiora

Baltimore

Stadium should be called Schaefer

Honor the man, his commitment to Baltimore, his dedication to its people, his loyalty to us all and his life.

Our new stadium should be called Schaefer Stadium!

D.H. Collins

Baltimore

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