Sunderland in the dark about need for lights In...


November 25, 2001

Sunderland in the dark about need for lights

In response to Lowell E. Sunderland's incessant grumbling about the lack of lights at Howard County's high schools ("High school football fan brings up a few points about lighted gridirons," Nov. 18): Somewhere in your argument I expected to see something about limited daylight playing time. Didn't find it. Until that becomes the primary issue, keep lights off the high school fields in Howard County.

Instead, your first bullet point mentioned the "prestige of the school's athletic program and credibility for a system that cares about excellence." Most people would agree that Howard County has the best all-around public schools in the state. There are and will always be bigger problems to worry about than burning the midnight oil for a game that's easily played when our half of the planet faces the sun.

Let's think for just a nanosecond about other issues that might be a higher priority. Here's one: trained medical emergency personnel aren't present at the majority of high school sporting events ... even for contact sports. Now there's a real issue for you to latch onto.

Are sports important to the well-rounded education of our kids? Sure they are. Should we be concerned about gate receipts or catering to the fantasies of columnists and teens with visions of mercury vapor lights dancing in their heads? Not really.

You've got a potentially influential pulpit from which to preach, Mr. Sunderland. Too bad you seem to be squandering it on petty whining and light-headed logic. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. ... Please do your homework and get back to us.

J.T. Merryman

Ellicott City

Columbia vigil truly a community event

I was a member of the committee that helped put together the Columbia Remembers Candle Light Vigil on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Lakefront. I was proud to be present to see the way in which our community came together to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11 as well as to honor our veterans. This was a true community effort. So many people gave of themselves to make it happen.

The bagpipes and drums played by Don and Tatia Zack were a fitting and moving way to lead the presentation of the colors.

The Howard County Police and Fire Department color guards marched with precision and dignity and made us all stop to remember the valiant efforts of those who were at the World Trade Center, those who have served and are serving our nation in the armed forces, and those who work to keep us safe every day.

The song performed by John Milton Wesley in memory of his fiancee, Sarah Clark, and the tribute presented by Amanda Golinsky to her father, Col. Ronald Golinsky, gave us some appreciation of the magnitude of changes caused on Sept. 11.

The Columbia Remembers banners, signed by those who attended, gave us a way to express our sentiments. They are being sent to rescue workers in New York and Washington to show the commitment of our community.

The music presented, by the Wilde Lake Middle School Little Lakers under the direction of Kirsten Drum and the Hammond High School Madrigal singers under the direction of Trudy Meyers, gave us hope in the future.

CA President Maggie Brown may have summed up the spirit of the evening when she closed the vigil by asking that we "take care of each other and our community." With that we extinguished our candles, but not our remembrance.

Carol Wasser


(The writer is a member of the Columbia Remembers Vigil Committee.)

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