I appreciate parents' concerns about their children taking field trips to Baltimore City. As parents, there is nothing more important than the care and safety of our children. At the same time, it is important that we, as parents, and our elected officials, make reasoned decisions that consider both the future opportunity and well-being of our children. We are blessed to have such great educational opportunities at our doorstep including the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. The challenge for our elected officials is not to eliminate any possibility of harm during our child's school day, but to minimize the risk of harm as much as is reasonably possible. Our society does not do a good job at making these judgments. The fact is that there is a much greater risk driving on Md. 140 than the possibility of harm in the areas surrounding the Baltimore museums. We use seatbelts and child car seats to reduce the chance of harm, but few if any of us would stop driving around Westminster because of the risk of an accident.