Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

April 06, 2003

Opposing war talk opposes free speech

The Sun reported a mind-numbing attack on Mayor Ellen O. Moyer by five Republican delegates ("Delegates criticize Moyer on Iraq talk," March 26). They were apoplectic because she suggested that people discuss with each other the Bush war on Iraq. Does one laugh or cry when elected representatives make themselves idiotic by trashing the freedom of speech that they swore to defend? Who would want to belong to a political party that harbors such yahoos? One of these delegates divined (God knows how) that Mayor Moyer wished to promote an anti-war philosophy by encouraging dialog on the most pervasive topic of the times.

Apparently it would be all right to stump for a pro-war philosophy, even though world opinion and the religious leaders of our country condemn the war party's assault on the people of Iraq as unjust and illegal.

Every day it seems that right wing zealots are taking aim at our civil liberties. It is scary when the crazies endanger them so close to home.

Nicholas J. Carroll


CVS not anticipated with eagerness by all

As the owner of the only "full service" convenience store in the historic district of Annapolis, I was disappointed with some of the points in your article "Residents eager for downtown pharmacy" (March 23). Though I realize it is very difficult to fight a Goliath, the future CVS, for the past three-and-a-half years my "small mini mart" has filled a niche that became available when the Rite Aid left and has successfully served the community. Eighty percent of my business comes from regular customers, whether the weekday workers or the residents.

I find it offensive that you continue to perpetuate the myth that it is difficult to find "a bottle of aspirin, a toothbrush, or a missing ingredient for a late night casserole," all of which I carry and have available 13 hours a day seven days a week. Perhaps it might be wise to have visited the location that will most likely be affected by the intrusion of a corporate giant to Main St.

Main St. America has changed. It's been driven by the economy, and those retailers that can afford the high rent, unfortunately, are the national chains, and that is now in question (Banana Republic, Gap). There's no use reminiscing about the good old days when many people didn't have cars, when there weren't huge box stores, and when rents were cheaper.

Why is it that nothing was mentioned for the reasons that the last national drugstore closed? Ultimately, was it not an economic decision, sales not justifying expenses? Shortage, interior and exterior? Regardless of CVS's arrival, I will continue my profitable business, though probably altering some product lines. My upper Main Street location is ideal in maintaining a competitive market with an affordable rent.

Cecilia Benalcazar


The writer is the proprietor of Main Street Mini Mart.

Stop complaining about good projects

This letter is in response to the numerous "citizens in arms against development" articles that have been in the Anne Arundel section of the paper lately. These projects including the Weems Creek Bridge, Bestgate Road, the Banneker-Douglass museum, and now the Sojourner-Douglass College. My message to fellow Anne Arundel County citizens is "Get real and stop being so uptight!" Most of these projects sounded terrific to me. I would be glad to have them near my home in Glen Burnie.

Jennifer McBride

Glen Burnie

Money trail leads to education questions

Accountability is the buzzword of the day, perhaps with good cause. Our school system, like all agencies in both the public and private sectors, must account for its actions, the decisions behind the actions, and the motives behind those decisions.

Our schools and the work done there are being closely scrutinized and measured. Perhaps, as citizens, parents, and educators we should take a close look, behind our kids' scores and their schools' standings. Who decides what to test? Who determines those test scores and generates those statistics? When the dust settles, what do all the scores and statistics mean to our schools in dollars and cents as well as academic performance? We're talking "return on investment" here. Bottom line: "Follow the money."

Here's the plan in Anne Arundel County: Beginning on the elementary level, our new superintendent proposes to infuse classrooms with academic rigor using "proven success" programs such as "Vertical Teaming" and "Building Success Workshops" -- programs developed and marketed by the renowned College Board. (That same organization that measures a student or program's academic achievement.) What can we expect as a return on our investment here? Are there independently obtained statistics on the success of these programs? How much of our $603 million budget will go into these programs?

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