Community colleges began with 4 missionsTed Hendricks is...


December 14, 1996

Community colleges began with 4 missions

Ted Hendricks is to be commended for his excellent Opinion Commentary article, Dec. 3, on academic tenure of faculty in Maryland's public community colleges.

The author's last paragraph, however, was totally inaccurate when he wrote: ''The original mission of Maryland's community colleges was . . . to prepare students to enter bachelor's programs at four-year colleges.''

In fact, the public community colleges were designed to offer the following college-level programs:

1. Those for students desiring to transfer after two years to four-year colleges and universities.

2. Two-year terminal or career programs for those wishing to go directly to employment such as nursing, secretarial or other business-related occupations.

3. Less than two-year certificate programs in a number of vocational or technical fields.

4. Adult education programs for personal or community services.

H. David Reese


Elections stacked for incumbents

Your Dec. 2 editorial about black election victories in majority white districts unwittingly identified the major component in winning elections, the power of incumbency. With precinct breakdown showing that racial voting was still strong, I wonder how you can envision a color-blind America as whites lose majority status and the country becomes solely a nation of minorities.

I agree that we should return to the original thrust of the Voting Rights Act, which was to protect the suffrage of minority groups and that race should not be the dominant issue but one of several important factors.

I wonder, however, how you can conclude that Maryland's two black majority gerrymandered districts pass that muster, especially the 7th District, when you look at the tortured geographic boundaries.

Perhaps you can enlighten readers further as well as address the incumbency factor by suggesting ways to curb that power and level the playing field in future elections, e.g., no PAC money for incumbents.

K. Dale Anderson


Richard McKinney continues to inspire

The Nov. 24 article on Richard I. McKinney was one of the most delightful news features I have ever read.

The Sun often profiles the contributions of many local individuals who have influenced the landscape of our community; thank you for the effort over the years.

As a young black professional and native Baltimorean, I realize the urgency of focusing on the positive images and leaders in all areas of our society.

In the black community, there is far more good news and many more admirable investors in the substance of the human race than are given attention in the daily news media.

Dr. McKinney's accomplishments and his continuing (even at age 90) to inspire those in pursuit of higher learning epitomizes the strength, diligence and effective impact of black men past and present.

The writer is to be commended for taking pains to impart to us the depth and breath of this scholar's philosophies and their relevance to many pertinent issues today.

I am even more thrilled that this feature was done while Dr. McKinney is alive and well.

Needless to say, we often only become cognizant of the monumental contributions of our heroes through some obituary, eulogy or biography shared after one has passed away.

Thank you for inspiring others by focusing on a pillar of academic excellence and sterling example of quiet strength.

Marco K. Merrick


Pregnancy center discusses options

Mona Charen brings up some interesting points in her Nov. 21 article, "Pro-life propaganda -- in the best sense of the word."

I am on the board of directors of a local crisis pregnancy center and believe centers such as ours are the best kept secret around; we are working to change that. I also believe that these centers are truly "pro-choice."

The three options available to clients are openly discussed; what is abortion and its ramifications; how plausible is it to think one can single-parent a child and, finally, what a loving option adoption truly is.

Anne Gamber

Owings Mills

Destroying history isn't 'progress'

This is in reference to your Dec. 2 story regarding the Cockey family graveyard, "Cemetery won't halt progress." For your writer to equate the destruction of a 250-year-old historic site, whether it be an ancient family cemetery or an early 18th-century house, to ''progress'' is to equate cuisine with a Big Mac.

These writers need some local-history sensitivity training. In our greed obsession, some will not be happy until every tree, every element of our past and every open space is obliterated for the sake of some vacuous commercial venture. We'll have the legacy of Bob Evans and Burger King, how endearing.

$Joseph Merryman Coale III


Adat Chaim brought Judaism to suburbia

''Blintzes, baseball, bar mitzvahs: Suburban life with a Jewish flavor,'' (Dec. 5) by Jay Apperson was a wonderful article which captured the changing demographics of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills community.

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