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Hrabowski's vision tops Ehrlich's [Letter]

Maryland General AssemblyRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.

I was struck by a glaring contrast on the Sun's commentary page this past Sunday. First, I read the column by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ("Churchill dilemmas repeat today," Nov. 24). Before too long it had degenerated into Mr. Ehrlich's usual sarcastic denigration of all things progressive, which he characterizes as "long on utopian vision and short on ability to pay."

Then my eyes moved to the left of Mr. Ehrlich's column to the one written by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the highly successful president of UMBC ("50 years in American education equity". Mr. Hrabowski recounted some of progressivism's notable triumphs and told how the vision of equity in education has been aided by the funding provided from taxpayer dollars by the Maryland General Assembly for the founding and maintenance of UMBC and how this has helped open the door to successful higher education for previously disenfranchised minority individuals.

Mr. Hrabowski concluded that "Now more than ever, we must make the investments in education that are so critical to our future." Our state, our country, and our people do much better when we empower progressive leaders like Mr. Hrabowski and say "No thank you" to the regressive rhetoric of Mr. Ehrlich and his ilk.

John Bonn, Towson

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