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LETTERS

May 21, 2000

Current system has enabled town, county to flourish

In response to the current dislocation in Columbia, which centers on the recent personnel problems involving the leadership of the Columbia Association, The Sun seems to be championing incorporation ("Tough questions in Columbia," editorial, May 16).

But the incorporation of a portion of Howard County, be it Columbia or elsewhere, will create more problems than it will solve.

Columbia is a product of the effort of James Rouse to create a planned community, which led to a historic combination of private enterprise and progressive local government.

After public hearings, the Howard County Zoning Regulations were amended in 1966 to create the "New Town Zoning Regulation."

The land so zoned was already impressed with certain covenants and restrictions, which remain in full force and effect.

Howard County has grown and prospered over the ensuring years and has been blessed with fair and effective government.

The success of our county as a place to live and work is in no small measure attributable to the fact that we have but one local government.

Howard County and Baltimore County are the only counties which contain no other municipalities.

For local residents, an incorporated Columbia would mean they have to pay county and local taxes, as well as the assessment imposed on their property by Columbia's covenants and restrictions and suffer the effects of having two duplicate sets of officials.

The progress made in Howard County is the result of leadership, cooperation and unified efforts by the citizens of Howard County, the Howard County government , the Rouse Company and Howard Research and Development Corporationpany.

Let us not blindly tinker with success.

Lewis Straughn Nippard, Ellicott City

Is this the way caring teachers act?

As a seventh grade teacher at Glenwood Middle School, I find myself puzzled and perplexed as I ponder Phillip A. Stahl's letter ("No room for teachers such as Lockwood," May 14).

I am puzzled as to exactly how Mr. Stahl reached his conclusions about Kristine Lockwood, because to my knowledge Mr. Stahl has never visited Glenwood Middle or observed Kristine Lockwood's classroom.

Perhaps a few questions of my own are in order.

Do caring and insightful teachers allow students to run out of their classrooms into situations that could possibly place their lives in peril?

Do insightful teachers encourage students to participate in activities that violate school rules and school board policy, thereby placing them in situations that could lead to disciplinary actions such as suspension?

Do caring teachers recruit students to rally to their personal defense in what should be an adult matter?

Do insightful teachers use their energy and zest for life by e-mailing and instant messaging their students well after midnight?

Do caring teachers say that they are not "using" their students and then encourage them to join in a group of rabble-rousers in taking over the meeting of a duly elected public body?

Do insightful teachers fail to prepare grades for their students?

Finally, do truly caring and insightful teachers continually attack their schools, colleagues and anyone who doesn't totally agree with or support them?

Myra Kramer, Glenwood

It's time for teacher, school to move on

As the team leader and teaching partner of Kristine Lockwood for the last two years, I have watched in frustration for the last year-and-a-half as she has criticized our team, our administration and our school in the campaign forums, in the newspaper, on television and over the Internet.

I have listened to her and to her messages to the media about the so-called "injustices" she has suffered at Glenwood. I have had enough of the distortions of what is happening at Glenwood Middle School.

I am not going to discuss the reasons Ms. Lockwood was terminated; those should have remained private.

But the reason there were no teachers from Glenwood present at the recent school board meeting was not because we were afraid to be there, but because we can't support Ms. Lockwood's manipulation of our students.

Certainly, we agree that there are always changes to be made to improve the quality of education, and we are working very hard in that direction.

We have at Glenwood one of the most hard-working and caring staffs I have ever had the pleasure to teach with.

It is time for Ms. Lockwood to end this constant barrage of press and attacks on us and our school.

Ms. Lockwood claims that it is not the job she cares about but helping the students. She cannot be helping them by continuing to fill their minds and lives with these distortions.

If Ms. Lockwood has a war to wage with the school board, she should do it professionally. But leave our students alone in peace.

It is also time for Glenwood Middle School to go on. It is time for Ms. Lockwood to move on to other avenues.

Carol Nieberline, Glenwood

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