Fast-thinking student deserves to be praised for offering...

Letters to the Editor

May 07, 1998

Fast-thinking student deserves to be praised for offering medicine

I would like to commend Christine Rhodes for having the presence of mind to know what to do when her classmate Brandy Dyer was struck with a severe asthma attack ("School punishes pupil in rescue," May 3.)

Quite often when adults speak of teens nowadays it is in a negative manner. But here is a young lady who saw that another person was in need of immediate help, determined that she had the means to assist this person and did so.

So how does her school board recognize this young lady?

It threatened to keep her from participating in extracurricular activities for the next three years and to mar her school record, showing that she distributed a prescription inhalant drug.

This is just what we need to teach our children today -- that no good deed ever goes unpunished. I hope that the school board will publicly recognize this young lady for her quick thinking.

Far too often we hear about the bad things students do at school. Christine Rhodes is a hero.

Tim Blair

Baltimore

I cannot believe this keeps happening. Our school administrators come up with such inflexible policies that produce harm to our good students. What ever happened to common sense?

I'm happy to say that at least a 12-year-old demonstrated that she had some.

I'm referring to the article by Brenda Buote about Christine Rhodes' saving her friend's life by sharing her asthma medication. Carroll County schools officials considered taking action to discipline her. I guess they would have rather she stood by and watched Brandy Dyer die. At least she would not have violated school policy. Christine should be receiving a medal, not punishment.

The Carroll County School Board and the superintendent of schools have a great opportunity here to make things right: to honor this super person and to put in place a common-sense approach to applying discipline.

A common-sense approach needs to be implemented by all school boards.

This inflexible disciplinary policy does not exist only in Carroll County schools.

Allan Kaufman

Owings Mills

Giving 9th Air Force its due on V-E Day anniversary eve

With the 53rd anniversary of V-E Day coming up tomorrow, it seems timely to mention some truly unsung heroes of the air war in Europe during World War II.

The men of the 9th Air Force had no books written or movies made about them as did the 8th Air Force.

Nor did they have movie stars such as Clark Gable or Jimmy Stewart assigned to portray them as did the 8th. Their mission was tactical rather than strategic and thus received no major publicity.

Yet, with 12 groups of Baltimore-built Martin B-26 Marauder bombers and 18 groups of fighter bombers, the 9th led the way in the destruction of the German war machine. The 9th bomber command's constant bombing of rail and highway bridges, rail yards and troop concentrations severed German troop movement and resupply.

Many German generals credited the 9th Air Force with their collapse in Normandy after D-Day and also their eventual abandonment of the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) offensive. The destruction of the bridge and rail systems in Europe cost the 9th Air Force 4,700 air crewmen killed, wounded and missing and 2,944 planes shot down.

We surviving pilots of the B-26 salute the people of Baltimore who built this durable, record-setting combat airplane that so often brought us home when the odds were long.

Calvin L. Collier

Baltimore

The writer is a retired major in the U.S. Air Force.

Black business district would treat all to culture

Marilyn Hartz and her letter to the editor (April 29) must have arrived from another world. Has she not heard of Harlem, Beale Street, Spanish Harlem, Chinatown, Little Italy, or Greektown?

Ethnic enclaves that cater to the interests of a particular group are not what keep races apart.

What keeps races apart is the perception that the interests of one sect of citizens is being catered to while the interests of others go unfulfilled.

As an African-American, I enjoy visiting Fells Point, Little Italy, Harborplace, the Gallery and other mainstream attractions. However, we do not have any ownership or stake in those wonderful places.

The suggestion to create a district for black travelers and all others who come there is not to separate the races, as Ms. Hartz seems to believe, but to attract greater numbers of tourists to a site where they can shop, dine and socialize with African-American business owners, entertainers, artists and artisans.

It will create jobs and stimulate business opportunities for small African-American businesses that can profit from the synergy of being clustered in a central area.

Rebuilding and upgrading "Howard Street with fine stores [such as] Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, & Bloomingdale's" might be great, but hundreds of African-American businesses are shut out of Baltimore's tourist industry.

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