Letters To The Editor


October 25, 2005

School chaos puts kids on wrong path

It is clear that many inner-city black children start their school careers several steps behind their suburban counterparts, either white or black. And most of our big-city governments tolerate and run school programs which are clearly inferior to those in schools in the suburbs ("Black `leaders' on wrong path," Opinion * Commentary, Oct. 19).

These schools are filled with the neediest students, and their needs are often not effectively met by these schools. They are filled with the most violent students, and many teachers are too intimidated to teach effectively.

Many of these schools are simply out of control. One can sense the chaos of the schools as soon as one enters the front door.

How can we expect these kids to learn in these environments? Certainly, they won't learn if they do not feel safe. And they won't learn in perpetual chaos.

These schools have been this way for years, and the city, state and federal governments have no plan to change them.

Allowing kids to stay in these school programs is essentially throwing up our hands and admitting failure. Many of these kids do not have a chance.

I work with severely emotionally disturbed foster children. Most of these children do quite well in structured and stable environments.

However, we are often forced to send them to out-of-control and chaotic schools.

The schools are clearly not able to handle our kids. Yet we must jump through numerous hoops before they can be admitted to a smaller and more structured school program.

So when Cal Thomas and other great minds think about why so many of these children do not stay in school and proceed up the societal ladder, I recommend that they look at the quality of education that is being dispensed in so many inner-city schools.

I challenge them to visit some of these schools and see for themselves the consequences of chaos.

Braxton Andrews


Sauerbrey is weak on women's rights

Oh dear, just when I think that President Bush's appointments can't possibly get any worse, he nominates Ellen R. Sauerbrey to be the assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration ("Sauerbrey's nomination to State post is opposed," Oct. 20).

Humanitarian groups and women's alliances are not endorsing Ms. Sauerbrey because they agree with me that she lacks experience dealing with refugees and coordinating responses for humanitarian emergencies.

The fact the Ms. Sauerbrey proposed to amend a 1995 women's rights declaration to specify that equality of the sexes did not include a right to abortion shows that she has absolutely no understanding what international refugees, most of whom are women and children, really need.

A person who has a better understanding of women's issues and women's rights and who can demonstrate compassion for the needs of others world-wide would be a far better choice.

However, I suppose that it is very unlikely that President Bush will even consider looking beyond his political base for such a person.

Barbara A. McNamara


Nominee neglects court's standards

The nomination of Harriet Miers should not be confirmed by the Senate.

In putting Ms. Miers' name forward as a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, President Bush disrespects the institution of the Supreme Court.

Not only has he nominated his personal attorney, he has nominated a person with a paucity of constitutional writings who apparently cannot adequately complete the Senate Judiciary Committee's questionnaire ("Senators reject Miers' responses," Oct. 20).

Ms. Miers may be an excellent lawyer for her clients, but this will not make her an excellent jurist.

We should not accept less.

DeeDee Arnelle


Right to protect nation's gunmakers

I wish to take my hat off to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for their passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act ("Gun bill limits makers' liability," Oct. 21).

This bill was passed in spite of the distortions and outright lies of the anti-gun lobby.

Charles W. Adams


The Sun also rants against Gov. Ehrlich

I wanted to thank you for making me laugh right out loud with The Sun's editorial "The trust department" (Oct. 18).

The newspaper's diatribe on the governor's request for outside counsel rivaled any of the governor's supposed "rants" on radio talk shows.

The Sun has used its pages to critique everything about Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., from the policies of his administration to his golf game. And few of us are waiting with bated breath to see which gubernatorial candidate The Sun will support next November.

The Sun rants about the governor on a daily basis to hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom are merely looking for objective news reporting (good luck), the latest fashion trend or simply the daily TV listings.

Yet when the governor uses radio to address those who have chosen to listen to his opinions, The Sun whines.

This editorial clearly shows that the governor has nothing on The Sun when it comes to pontificating.

Susan Donahue

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