City standards appropriate I find the uproar over the...


March 05, 2000

City standards appropriate

I find the uproar over the City College policy regarding athletes both laughable and tragic. Most recently, the athletic director at Poly, Mark Schlenoff, in a letter to The Sun last week, illustrated the extent to which the academic system in place in Baltimore is crumbling.

Since when is it necessary to adopt an attitude that athletes are somehow exempt from the regular measures of other students? Schlenoff makes it appear that City principal Joe Wilson is in some way making standards harder for those students who participate in sports and/or extracurricular activities. All students should be held accountable for their academic success regardless of whether they participate in anything else.

I was a student representative on the 1994-95 committee at City that decided to break from the Baltimore City school system policy and maintain 70 as a passing grade. My peers and I believed that City College should maintain the rigorous standard of excellence that has been in place since 1839.

We are not going to sink to the level that many city schools have over the past several decades.

Alexandra M. Hughes, Baltimore

C. Johnson not worth $5.1M

One question about Orioles catcher Charles Johnson's salary request in arbitration: When does a batting average of .251 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs merit $5.1 million a year?

Let's hear none of, "It's the going rate," for since when does mediocrity warrant more than a 25 percent pay increase?

Solution: Since Johnson's announced intentions of leaving after this year have merely confirmed him to be one of last year's malcontents, let's expedite matters by means of a trade, now, while some value can be obtained in return.

Don Herbst, Millersville

Note to catcher: `Get a life'

Orioles catcher Charles Johnson loses an arbitration hearing and says, "I've just got to understand that they don't want me."

Excuse me? The Orioles are willing to pay him $4.6 million for one season and they don't want him?

Hey, Johnson, get a life. Who convinced you that you're worth all that money?

Steve Clarkson, Ellicott City

Charge is more than `taint'

I'm writing in response to Ken Rosenthal's column of Feb. 18 in which he called the double-murder charges against Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis a "taint that could linger for some time."

It's not just a "taint" to be charged with two murders, regardless of the outcome of the legal process. When do serious allegations such as these become just a taint on the team and Lewis specifically?

Get out your thesaurus and you won't find "taint" next to "murder," "conspiracy," etc.

Pick your words better than that, please.

John Munroe, Baltimore

Drugs worse than gambling

I cannot understand why baseball commissioner Bud Selig won't reinstate Pete Rose. Why does Selig consider what Rose did with gambling any worse than what Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and others have done with drugs?

Gambling cannot compare with drugs as a major problem where kids who look up to professional baseball players are concerned.

Reconsideration should be given to suspending these drug addicts from baseball for life. What is good for one should be good for another.

Wayne Spangler, Fallston

Fix the obstructed views

As a Ravens fan and season-ticket holder, I can't understand why fans who spend $250 to $3,000 for PSLs, plus the price of season tickets, are forced to watch games with so many obstructed views in a state-of-the-art stadium paid for by the citizens of Maryland.

With so much money paid for PSLs and funds from the lottery, why can't the Maryland Stadium Authority and Ravens owner Art Modell follow suit with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in replacing the obstructed-view galvanized railings with new Plexiglas, as in the Redskins' stadium?

Michael Worthington, Baltimore

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