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March 06, 1997

Neanderthal men treat women as inferiors

Sexual harassment and assault will continue as long as people like C.H. Eley, who wrote a letter Feb. 14, continue to view men and women as they do. Separate but equal treatment of the races was unjust and futile in the 1950s; separating the sexes will have the same outcome.

Sara E. Hoover


This letter is in response to the letter from C.H. Eley about mixing women in the military.

When are people like him going to get it? Women belong anywhere their physical and intellectual abilities can take them. The problem is not women mixing with men; the problem is men who can't control their base thinking. Notice I didn't blame their hormones.

Plenty of men understand that women must be treated as equals. They recognize that their mothers, wives and daughters deserve to live in a society that brings justice and safety to everyone -- a society where all people can live, share their abilities and not be restricted because of gender. These men also enjoy the benefits of women who trust men. In return, women are able to work, support themselves, their families and provide service to our country and society.

Pat Simpson


C.H. Eley points out in his Feb. 14 letter that harrassment of women in the military will continue regardless of the efforts of any administration. Does the writer really have such a low opinion of a man's ability to learn to treat women with respect? Have I been naive in believing that men have learned, can learn and will learn this basic tenet of human decency?

Maybe it won't happen in my lifetime, but golly gee, I have faith that good changes can and do take place.

Sue Vaeth


City school makes education succeed

As a teacher at Thomas Johnson Elementary School in South Baltimore, I was proud to see our school mentioned in Mike Bowler's Feb. 9 schools column.

Reflecting on the reasons for our school's success, I was struck by a news story the same day, ''City schools must tackle special education students.''

Like Canton Middle School, which was mentioned in your article, we have been including our special education students in the general education classes for the past two years with great success.

Two years ago we also lengthened our school day and adopted the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Although our new curriculum is challenging, the content is so enriching and exciting that both special and general education students are showing significant growth, interest and involvement.

Along with these reforms, our school was fortunate to be selected as part of the Instructional Consultation Program. Through this pilot program, seven staff members have been trained as case managers for individual students experiencing difficulty in the classroom setting.

One case manager works directly with the child's teacher. Together, they work systematically to help the child who is at risk of failing in school. This often eliminates the need to refer the child for special education services.

All of these innovations, with a hard-working, caring, committed staff and involved parents, have made our impoverished school one of the city's best.

We have also instituted certain instructional practices that have produced some astonishing achievements. We fully expect, for example, that all but a very few of our first-graders will finish the year on grade level.

We are so very proud of the strong and steady progress we are making for our children. Just look at our MSPAP scores. They're among the highest in the city.

School, faculty, community, partners -- we're making it work.

Marsha Greenfeld


Criminals not doing all the shooting

Gregory Kane's Feb. 8 column, ''Hoods keep guns; others pay price,'' leaves the old gun-control debate mired in the swamp of false choices. Both ''liberal Democrats'' and whomever Mr. Kane identifies himself with (conservative Republicans, the NRA, machos?) will have to think more clearly if we, as a society, are to solve our problem with violence. Let me make two points.

Becoming a thug is not the only means by which honest citizens can defend their homes and persons from thugs. We all know the many things that each of us can and should do to make a more livable city. None of them involves buying a handgun. It is, of course, much easier to fool ourselves into believing that is an answer. Actually, it only exacerbates the following problem.

The great majority of our firearms deaths and injuries are still not caused by ''criminals,'' despite the fact that the drug wars have altered our traditional violence statistics.

Suicides, inter-family crimes of passion and accidents still produce more firearms deaths than do the kinds of premeditated crimes that Mr. Kane fears.

Had ''Pee Wee'' broken into Mr. Kane's house, in all statistical probability, Mr. Kane would have shot his son instead of the intruder. Getting the guns out of the hands of ''honest citizens'' will do more to protect our children than buying them.

I leave other aspects of our muddy thinking on the subject to another occasion.

Peter D. Molan


Flower Mart blossoms again this spring

I would hope negativism does not account for the ending of Jean Marbella's article on the Mount Vernon Flower Mart. The story concluded that the mart was ''simply canceled the following year."

Perhaps the final uplifting line for lack of space ended on the floor of the editing room, because in fact the Flower Mart will be back at Mount Vernon Square this year May 14 with its flowers, crab cakes, lemon sticks and an expanded program of tours, music, children activities and a play for children performed by professional players.

The Flower Mart is not ''gone forever'' but will return to Mount Vernon Square for the 80th year May 14 with a new burst of activities and optimism.

Geri Broccolino


The writer is chairperson of the Flower Mart.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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