March 14, 2011
Bright and motivated college-bound immigrants will do Maryland proud ("A flawed compromise," March 8). These young people came here as children, are fully assimilated into American culture and want to be contributing members. We are lucky to have them working for our future. The Central Americans come from countries torn apart by wars paid for by the United States. Paltry aid for rebuilding is nothing in comparison to what we spent to damage Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. These countries are still recovering from the murder and destruction we rained on them.
May 9, 2011
In his op-ed ( "Cooling out poor, minority kids in community college," May 9), Fred Millar has insulted the success by every student of any color who has attended and graduated from a community college. Despite being an "educational sociologist," Mr. Millar also perpetuates the myth that grades should not matter for eligibility to either 2- or 4-year colleges. While discussing the quality of remedial courses for those in both institutions, Mr. Millar never mentions why remedial courses are necessary in the first place.
October 31, 2010
After putting off finishing her college degree for more than two decades, Elizabeth Smith this year needed just one more class — an algebra course — to earn her bachelor's degree in theater arts. The full-time worker and single mother of two didn't have time or money to spare, so she signed up for a course offered by Baltimore-based StraighterLine Inc. She finished the course in seven days over the summer, working on her laptop as her kids frolicked in a pool. And the course cost only $138 — a fraction of the price for a similar course at a four-year or community college.
June 17, 2011
The op-ed piece by Janet Gilbert about a college her son visited 500 miles away drew my attention ("The college we visited was might nice … and mighty white," June 16). Her position of not being a racist by rejecting a school for being too white makes her a racist by definition. If she truly wants her son to be in a more diverse community, why is she living in Woodstock and working in Baltimore? I am sure many city high schools are less white than the Woodstock school. I know Douglass, Walbrook, or perhaps Dunbar high schools would give her son a great education with diversity.
October 12, 2010
In their first televised debate, Gov. Martin O'Malley vehemently accused former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. of having raised tuition rates at state universities by 40 percent. If Mr. O'Malley is so adamantly against this hike in tuition, then why hasn't his administration lowered the rates by 40 percent during the last four years? Just curious. James Bauernschmidt, Severna Park
March 15, 2011
Your editorial "A flawed compromise" (March 8) argued that children of illegal immigrants should be allowed to pay the reduced in-state tuition at Maryland public colleges and universities. However, since these people should be deported to their native countries, why should the citizens of Maryland subsidize their educations? Do we wish to spend our money to enhance the value of people that we should be deporting, so that they can do better when they return to their native countries?