Well-paid jobs require the use of English
It is alarming that intelligent, well-educated professionals like the ones described in the May 23 article, "Living humbled, unhappy lives" would pull up stakes and come to America without any knowledge of our language.
Is it any wonder they can't find high-paying jobs here? How far would an American go professionally in a foreign country without some knowledge of the language? I fear these immigrants, for all their schooling and prestige, lack basic common sense.
On a larger scale, it's alarming that so many believe this country will provide all newcomers with the affluent lifestyle that is depicted on our television shows. There should be more articles like yours to discourage immigration. Intelligent folks like Luis Ruiz, Gyung Goo, Juan Jose Parada and Elizabeth Paulino need to understand that the jobs they are seek are highly prized by American citizens too and should stop being so bitter.
Story omitted praise for schools
The May 30 article by Mary Maushard, ''State rejects reform plans of six schools,'' was inaccurate and unbalanced.
It did not reflect the extensive praise that the Baltimore City Public Schools received from the state Board of Education for effort and progress in our systemic school reform plan and the entire reconstitution transition process.
Members of the board used such terms as ''very impressed,'' `terrific work,'' "shows high standards and ambitions,'' and ''outstanding.'' This part of the state board meeting was muffled and buried in the 18th and last paragraph of the story.
The article did not mention all the confused and unfair process used to present the 35 transition plans to the board. Board members acted on the 35 plans even though city schools were given no opportunity at all to respond.
We did not learn until the morning of the hearing which plans were recommended for disapproval, and we never learned in advance the reasons for the recommendations.
Moreover, our staff, including the principals of the six disapproved schools, were not given the opportunity to question or challenge the vague state recommendations.
For months now, the editorial page of The Sun has portrayed city schools in a totally one-sided, negative way, ignoring news of progress in instruction and management.
This progress includes test scores, significant improvement in special education and more school-based decision-making than any school system in the state and perhaps the nation.
Sad to say, The Sun's editorial bias has now worked its way onto the news pages.
The writer is interim director of public relations for the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Public works are all in the image
Just when we thought the Baltimore City government couldn't possibly come up with any more ways to waste tax dollars, the Department of Public Works came up with the topper: image consultants. How much more humiliation must taxpayers be subjected to?
The only image the city should be concerned with is that of a well-run operation that satisfactorily, efficiently and honestly serves the needs of its citizens. Believe me, that image is getting harder and harder to find.
Dress is surely not the issue, as evidenced by the most recent controversial city officials, all of whom were quite nicely attired and project a first-class image.
Let's put any extra funds, no matter how small, to work in communities fighting crime and repairing streets, not in the wardrobes of public servants.
Ronald W. Robinson
Traffic problems at Fresh Fields
Your extensive coverage of the opening of the Fresh Fields market in Mount Washington made no mention of its most visible impact: on traffic.
Funneling thousands more cars into the narrow Falls Road intersection that was already graded "F" is worse than emptying the Camden Yards parking lots after an Orioles game
The combined brains of the city planning and traffic departments that allowed this fiasco would be dwarfed by an organic caraway seed. Meanwhile, USF&G wants to put up an office building and a hotel -- and who knows what else -- right behind Fresh Fields. I quake at the thought that the same planning and traffic incompetents will let that happen, too.
Norman L. Macht
Gettysburg battlefield helped by its friends
Michael Ollove's May 21 story, ''Uncivil battleground,'' fails to portray adequately the value of citizen participation and support for Gettysburg National Military Park and the National Park System nationwide.
Instead, Mr. Ollove chose to highlight polemic within the group. It would be a pity if these organizational rumblings were to blind your readership to the tremendous contributions that the ''Friends'' have made to the national parks at Gettysburg since their establishment in 1991.
Without question, the ''Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg'' is one of the most effective ''Friends'' organizations in the National Park System.