MSPAP places students in an awkward roleOnce again, the...

LETTERS

June 02, 1996

MSPAP places students in an awkward role

Once again, the MSPAP (Maryland Scholastic Performance Assessment Program) is upon us and by the time this letter is printed, a meaningless, money-wasting, class-time-wasting activity will have taken place and very few students will know or care how well he/she achieved, let alone receive credit for it.

That is the fallacy in the test, for the students will not perform at their best if they know they will not receive credit for it. One student who had earned a place on the principal's honor roll remarked, "Let's face it, it [MSPAP] just asks us to evaluate teachers and schools and that is not our job."

It doesn't end there. This test has to be graded and at $20 a pop (four times the cost of other standardized tests) could cost some school systems nearly a half-million dollars. How many books or software could be purchased with this money? It also requires hours of missed class time when the middle school task force is planning to eliminate or curtail art and technology education so students can spend more time in academics. There must be a better way to evaluate programs, one that holds all parties accountable.

Julius G. Angelucci

Severna Park

Tired of liberal, immoral journalism

Recently, it gave me great pleasure to cancel my subscription to The Sun. Why? Because I'm tired of reading negative news, especially liberal negative news, although I suppose most liberal news is negative.

I've begun to read the Capital-Gazette and the difference in terms of attitude is refreshing. Much more upbeat, it is not afraid to speak on and advertise moral, religious-oriented issues. It seems The Sun considers Christian concerns or opinions unworthy of any worthwhile purpose. Your paper appears to refrain from reporting on Christian-related issues or events in

TC positive light for fear of being criticized for being sympathetic to those beliefs, while presenting liberal and anti-Christian thoughts based on a free exchange of ideas. So much for a free exchange.

The reason we finally decided to take this step -- actually, we would have done it long ago if we didn't enjoy the sports section -- is your reporting on President Clinton's veto of the partial birth abortion method. You gave great coverage to his well-orchestrated public relations extravaganza where he played on people's emotions as to the reasons for his veto.

But you presented less than full and accurate reporting on what this disgusting practice is really all about and the reasons for attempts to ban it in the first place. I don't want a mechanism in my home that restricts free, positive and productive thought. I'm tired of being insulted by your efforts to formulate my thinking to your agenda. My only regret is that I did not cancel sooner.

William W. Carpenter Jr.

Millersville

Multi-pronged attack for war on hunger

I need to thank a lot of folks for their support this past winter. However, at the moment I would like to thank those who have recently had food drives for us.

First is J.C. Penney for its innovative way of contributing to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. The great effort and success was a real plus for us.

I would like to take this opportunity to also thank Safeway, Inc. for their local store's "Checkout Hunger Campaign" for their monetary donation to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Their local support is very important and greatly appreciated.

Last but not least, our U.S. Postal Service was at it again. These folks have supported us through the winter months with food drives. Recently, our Letter Carriers Union conducted a nationwide food drive. Our Local Unions, 651 and 4422, conducted the drive in Anne Arundel County. There is still time to donate food at our local post office.

As always, three cheers to you, your newspaper staff and the citizens and businesses for their continued support.

Bruce Michalec

Deale

The writer is executive director of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.

Good response to community forums

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works and Department of Planning and Code Enforcement would like to thank the more than 250 residents who participated in the April 30 and May 1 forums on East-West Boulevard and other central county and recreation projects.

This was the first time the local government attempted this type of small group briefing and forum. After a 30-minute, small-group orientation, residents met individually with county planners, engineers and park managers who answered their questions about the interrelationships between new roads, parks and housing construction under way in their neighborhoods.

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