We can't keep shutting out the young, oldHurrah for Donald...

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December 21, 1997

We can't keep shutting out the young, old

Hurrah for Donald Reuwer ("Glenwood residents decry proposed senior condos," Dec. 10). I know there are always people against any new development, but this time Don is right.

As an employer and almost senior citizen, I think there is an invisible sign on every road leading into Howard County saying, "If you are young or too old to buy a big house, just drive through."

The middle-aged people here see their kids move out of the county and their parents, with an eye to retirement, can't afford live here or may not be physically able to take care of a big house and yard, but want to keep their independence, be near their kids and grandkids and not live in a congested part of the county.

Socially and economically, senior citizens are a valuable part of the community. We can't keep shoving them off to tract homes in Florida. I think Don should do this complex and do a couple of more.

Isn't it something how some people use the excuse about harming the environment or burdening the roads? What they really mean is, "I want to dictate your property rights and I live in the western part of the county, but I don't want you moving in."

Judith A. Ketterman

Woodbine

Dudley was harsh, but spoke the truth

Howard Circuit Court Judge James P. Dudley has been painted as insensitive by several articles in The Sun. The judge has done nothing wrong or said anything wrong. Maybe, just maybe, he was a little harsh in his wording, but he spoke the truth.

What you must remember is the judge is 60. Those of us in the same age range were taught to be responsible in word and action. We were also taught discipline. If you take a good look at society today, you will notice both traits are lacking in about 75 to 80 percent of the people under 55, even more so under 40.

No one takes responsibility for his actions of an injurious nature. People blame their color, sex, background, etc. but almost never take the blame for being wrong.

I will say the mother and father of Sun columnist Gregory Kane did a fine job because he faces the truth and acts accordingly. It is a shame he cannot spread it around to others, black and white alike.

Jack Blake

Baltimore

Where was music in middle school plans?

Howard County school Superintendent Michael Hickey's recent presentation to the Board of Education concerning recommendations for Howard County middle schools was of great interest to me.

After participating in public hearings and attending many Board of Education work sessions, I was hoping to see evidence that the importance of music education would be reflected in his proposal.

The recommendations presented on Nov. 13 made no mention of music and arts programming. In fact, only Sandy French, chairman of the Board of Education, raised the issue of the impact of proposed changes on music education.

In response to testimony and letters from many Howard County citizens, public statements were made by the superintendent and several board members stating there was no plan to cut music programs in the middle schools.

Several music teachers and administrators have formulated schedules which include the new directives for more reading and foreign language, yet preserve a place for performing ensembles.

Testimony offered by at least 50 citizens at a Sept. 25 public hearing and many letters provide eloquent support for the virtues of music education.

The current body of research provides convincing support for the inclusion of music as an academic subject, and suggests that it is impossible to consider plans for improving our middle schools without also ensuring access to high quality music programs.

Karen Douglas

Columbia

The writer is chairwoman of Howard County Parents for School Music.

Raise tobacco taxes, save people's lives

Tobacco lawsuits have been in the news for quite a few years. We all know how the cigarette companies lied about the potency of nicotine.

The only real concern appears to be for profits, for tobacco companies and farmers. I do not care about the large companies that have made millions on the backs of people who have been duped into an addiction that is hard to break.

Farmers should be able to make a living, but at what cost? The governor must propose a $1.50 tax increase on cigarettes in the coming General Assembly session. I know he cares about people, especially young people, the future of this state.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has done a great deal to help the business community, but now he must do everything in his power to ensure that the citizens live a long, prosperous and healthy life.

Cameron Miles

Ellicott City

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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