Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

May 30, 2004

School board deals punishment unevenly

Let me get this straight, Howard County School Board ("School officials win on appeal," May 25). Apparently, two county administrators who have been independently investigated are less likely to be disciplined than an Oakland Mills High School football coach who hasn't been proven guilty of anything and yet has been forced from his position.

This whole situation smacks of good-old-boy politics and undue influence of the parties involved.

I wonder if this situation occurred with an average classroom teacher whether the same courtesies would be afforded to them to clear their name.

Would the board fall all over themselves to clear that teacher's name or would they be hung out to dry first?

I guess the moral of this story is this: What incentive does anyone have to come forward with issues like these in the future, when such a lack of responsibility is required by the board to acknowledge wrong-doing?

Michael Brubaker

Woodstock

County reaches out to its aging residents

Thank you for the article, "Federal grant to help aged more easily find government aid," that appeared May 19 in The Sun.

Howard County is honored to have been selected to be the first pilot for this important national effort in Maryland. It should be emphasized that in addition to linking older persons with long-term support, information and resources, this effort is designed to reach persons age 18 and older with physical disabilities; family caregivers; persons age 50 and older with long-term planning questions, and persons of all incomes. We anticipate that the pilot will also benefit health and long-term-support professionals by providing a central source of information.

This three-year project, with guidance from a local advisory board and the Maryland Department of Aging, will establish a "one-stop" method for consumers to become aware of services, pursue assistance and access programs. The launch of this consumer-friendly information and assistance effort will take place in August.

Building on services provided by existing staff, we will be adding a Web-based, searchable database, a toll-free number, and face-to-face contact. The public can expect additional improvements throughout the project period.

Thank you for informing the public about this exciting project being implemented by Disability Services and the Office on Aging in the Howard County Department of Citizen Services. We are eager to build on the quality of services that the aging and disability communities in Howard County have come to expect.

Phyllis Madachy

Columbia

The writer is administrator of the county Office on Aging.

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