Unfortunately, these difficulties transfer to our public school system, and although some systems have made strides, we know Maryland's public school system has been and remains out of compliance in appropriately educating children with disabilities in the least restrictive environments.
Confusing drug law does little for seniors
The new prescription medicine law is a hodgepodge piece of legislation. Most people don't understand what it says, and it's my guess that most members of Congress who voted for the bill don't understand what it says, either ("New Medicare law confusing to many older Americans," Dec. 28).
It's a shameful piece of legislation. When they come to see that this bill is no help to them in paying for their medicines, senior citizens will show their anger by voting President Bush out of office next year.
Seniors have a very simple request: that Medicare pay a fixed portion of their prescription medicine costs, whether it's a fixed dollar amount or a percentage of the cost.
No monthly premium. Everyone gets treated alike, regardless of his or her financial status. Whoever has a Medicare card would be eligible.
Let's try that for one year, after which the amount Medicare pays could be adjusted up or down according to what is affordable. It's that simple.
Philip R. Grossman
Expanding the reach of Baltimore treasure
Thanks to Michael Hill for his wonderful article on Chester Wickwire ("Honoring a tireless advocate," Dec. 28).
Mr. Wickwire is one of the great treasures of our community, and I hope Mr. Hill's beautifully written story will expand even further his tremendous scope of influence and inspiration.