At City College high, many of the students do...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 05, 2001

At City College high, many of the students do college-level work

The Sun's article "Too few college-level classes offered in city schools, report says" (Sept. 25) obscured the success of the advanced studies program at Baltimore City College High School.

City College has had college-level advanced placement courses for 10 years, with recent enrollment averaging 60 students per year. In 1999, we started the even more rigorous college-level International Baccalaureate program.

After two years of substantial success -11 full diplomas and 216 certificates earned, a three-year history of exceeding the worldwide passing rate in English, German, art and information technology, and an overall passing rate of 72 percent - participation in both the AP and IB programs has exploded.

This year, we have 23 International Baccalaureate classes with 270 students. We have 164 more students taking Advanced Placement.

Overall, we have 26 college-level classes involving 434 students. This means that fully one-third of our 1,300 students are taking college-level courses.

Surely, this deserved more than a one-sentence mention in the next-to-last paragraph of The Sun's article.

Joseph M. Wilson

Baltimore

The writer is the principal of Baltimore City College High School.

Crime-fighting, not racism, led to Ohio police shootings

I note with interest the shocked protesters outside the Hamilton County Courthouse, expressing their outrage that a Cincinnati policeman was acquitted in the shooting of a young black male ("Ohio policeman acquitted in killing," Sept. 27).

The "victim" was wanted on 14 warrants, including ones for drug-trafficking and fleeing police. He was fleeing police again and, after being chased down in a violence-plagued neighborhood, was told to show his hands to officers. He refused.

Black community leaders point out that he was the 15th black male killed by Cincinnati police since 1995. Clearly, racism must be the motive, they say.

What they fail to announce with equal righteousness is that 10 of these "victims" had pointed or fired guns at police officers and two others drove at officers or dragged them from their patrol cars.

Wake up, Cincinnati: The police were doing the dangerous job we pay them to do. To suggest that these felons were victims of police racism is absurd.

Joseph Melchor-Heinlen

Catonsville

U.S. aviation authorities don't deserve public trust

President Bush's plan to put "armed federal agents on most domestic flights" should not inspire confidence ("Bush wants U.S. back in the air," Sept. 27).

For years, the federal government has forbidden guns aboard commercial flights. That was supposed to keep us safe. Instead of admitting its mistake, it now demands "a greater role" in airport security.

The Federal Aviation Administration has already had its chance to oversee our airport security, with the result we now know. They deserve neither the trust nor the respect of the American people.

Christopher Moore

Lutherville

Don't let the Germans acquire our Olympic team

I note that the U.S. Olympic Committee is considering naming as its chief executive Mayo Shattuck III, former head of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, Baltimore's oldest investment firm ("Olympic panel eyes Schmoke, Shattuck," Sept. 28).

Should Mr. Shattuck attain the position, I hope the U.S. Olympic team does not receive an acquisition offer from the German team.

Charles Baum

Severna Park

If world comes together, deaths won't be in vain

Our world hasn't changed, just our perception of it. The terrorists in Afghanistan have hit us before and we have had adequate warnings that our airline security could be breached easily.

But because of the unbelievable disaster our country has endured, nations have rallied behind us, because the same fate could befall any of them.

Our tragedy can never be looked at with anything but horror, but if it brings all the nations of the world together, then so many innocent people have not died entirely in vain.

Stanley Oring

Pikesville

College Park needs no lesson in community

If Michael Olesker woke up and took a fresh look at the university he left behind (apparently loaded with emotional baggage), or read his own paper, he would see what others see clearly - a vibrant community that is stronger in light of recent tragedy ("College Park needs lesson from N.Y. on community," Sept. 27).

"Why don't we hold a vigil," Mr. Olesker suggests, ignorantly. Well, weeks ago, on the heels of a student death and a day after the terrorist attacks that hit home personally for many from Washington and New York, we held a mourning service that filled half of McKeldin Mall.

More than 8,000 people attended. They came to hug, support, pray and find solace in our community. Ten thousand flowers were passed hand-to-hand and then laid at a fountain on the mall. The whole world was watching, on television and in print - including The Sun ("Tragedy begins to hit closer to home," Sept. 13).

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