New ballot system defeats anonymityWhatever happened to...


November 10, 1996

New ballot system defeats anonymity

Whatever happened to casting an anonymous ballot? The new system in Baltimore County makes it so easy for anyone to see how an individual votes.

When the lever system was in place, you could change your mind in the polling booth. Now, once you make your mark, you can't change it without obtaining another ballot.

My vote is my business. I don't like a system where an elected official has the potential to see whether I voted for him or her.

Mary Robbins


All Americans are winners

Kudos to Mike Littwin. His Nov. 4 column, "Wake up, America," was a breath of fresh air and offered a little levity in an otherwise melodramatic presidential campaign.

Mr. Littwin has given us a blow-by-blow, round-by-round, in-depth perception of the campaign.

The election winner must receive our full support. In the final count, we are the winners. We are Americans.

I couldn't find Mike Littwin's name on the ballot. Too bad.

John R. Masterson


We must go after international crime

In response to The Sun's Oct. 23 editorial, ''Sexual exploitation of children,'' I would like to agree and add that the fact that many international criminals are not punished for their crimes is nearly as unjust as the crimes themselves.

All too frequently we hear not only about international scandal and corruption involving numerous countries, but also about the deadlock that governments find themselves trapped in due to a disparity among their beliefs regarding the proper judicial and punitive actions.

The issue of extraterritoriality further complicates many worldwide crimes. Any foreign visitor should assume the responsibility of upholding the laws, at least on a serious criminal level, of the host country.

Furthermore, a penalty cannot be determined justly in any location other than where a crime was committed and the community affected. Criminals should not be sent back to their own countries, where the effects of their unlawful deeds were not directly felt.

I propose that more effort be made by diplomats worldwide, starting with the United States, to establish a process by which offenders of foreign law are called to be accountable for their actions. A universal system of criminalizing these felons would very likely dissolve international criminal organizations and also decrease drug traffic.

Elizabeth V. Geraghty


Arts are the key to education

As a firm believer in the importance of the fine arts to a well-rounded education, I was pleased to learn (feature story, ''Adding arts to the R's,'' Oct. 30) about the cultural arts classes at City College and several elementary schools in Prince George's County.

For the past two years, I have been working at the Shrine of the Little Flower School in Baltimore to establish and coordinate an academic enrichment program for students in grades two through eight. This year, in the seventh and eighth grades, the theme is, ''Social Studies and the Cultural Arts.''

Using the social studies curriculum as a foundation, I developed a program in which students explore the music, literature and arts of a historical period. Through a close relationship with local cultural institutions, especially the Baltimore Museum of Art, I draw on a variety of resources.

Students are learning that there is more to history than names and dates. The history of a people includes its culture; how individuals weave the fabrics of their lives. That is manifested in the literature and the performing and visual arts.

Being, we believe, the only school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore with such a program, the Shrine of the Little Flower School is in a unique position to lead the way in the fine arts infusion into the academic curriculum.

Principal G. Lee Logue had a vision of a program that would enhance thinking skills. I am fortunate to be able to create that program and teach thinking skills within the context of the arts.

Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It includes the recognition that a society without the arts is stagnant.

It is the obligation of every educational institution to awaken, among students, an interest in the arts by treating the fine arts TTC as a part of all academic subjects.

Betty H. Kansler


Ravens games make lake off limits

I have been very disappointed on recent Sundays to find that Lake Montebello has been effectively closed to neighborhood residents who exercise and relax there throughout the year.

Parking, usually free and ample, is $15 during Ravens games. Even if you walk or bike to the lake (or pay the $15 to park), the pedestrian and bicycle lanes are blocked by parked buses.

I suggest that the Ravens and Memorial Stadium management and the city work together to find alternate parking areas and run shuttle buses if necessary so that residents of greater Waverly do not have to forfeit a favorite recreational area on beautiful autumn Sundays.

Lisa Plimpton


Bell most talented for chief judge post

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