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Letters: Howard school board needs ninth member to prevent deadlocks; more from readers | READER COMMENTARY

School board needs ninth member to prevent ties

Good for the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board for supporting the Howard County student school board member and for suggesting that there should be a ninth member to decrease the possibility of deadlocks. The legislature should definitely take this up and that ninth member should be an additional student member.

I have grandchildren who are in all of the varying situations that the pandemic has caused and the one who is in an excellent school says he prefers online because when he is in school he actually interacts less with his companions than online because of physical distancing requirements. Having kids in school is a convenience for parents but not necessarily for the students in the current situation.

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The thoughtfulness and seriousness of this generation of students is impressive, and they know the situation in schools better than anyone. This would still provide adult control, but give students a somewhat stronger voice in school matters.

Judy Canahuati

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Columbia

Props for beard contest finalist story

Thank you for the respectful and well-written article, “Howard couple’s hairy bet leads to a sweet payoff” (Dec. 17). Firstly, it is a sweet, life-affirming story. Second, it’s in the news section. Third, it does not focus initially on the couple’s deafness; it’s about their participation in an unusual and fun contest. Fourthly, about a third of the way into the story, Benjamin Taylor is identified as “a person who is deaf,” acknowledging his humanity first and foremost.

The article goes on to identify the importance of reducing language deprivation, thereby improving the lives of families with deafness and Mr. Taylor’s choice to support WhyISign.

Thank you for a well-written and respectful article that’s both fun and meaningful. Thank you as well for letting me know about WhyISign.com

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Judy Myers

Columbia

It’s time to act on climate change

From a year of devastating hurricanes and wildfires and record-breaking temperatures to a mountain of evidence-based science, it’s clear climate change is threatening our livelihoods. This extreme weather is devastating our health, our economy, and our environment.

In my area of Ellicott City, we have had several “100-year” storms in the past couple of years. This area of historical old Ellicott City is known for a plethora of small businesses and buildings full of rich history and lessons. Because of the record-breaking storms, many of these businesses and beautiful buildings have had to move. These storms have destroyed our neighborhood and continue to do so as climate change worsens and the storms increase in frequency and become stronger.

Rollback after rollback by the Trump administration have only made matters worse. Our communities are suffering from dirty air and water and from extreme weather and heat. We cannot continue our current course of inaction. It is time to act.

Everyone deserves to live in healthier, safer communities powered by clean energy, which is why we need climate action now to protect the public from the dangerous extreme weather events already occurring and the growing threat of climate change in the future. We can no longer allow science to be undermined and scientists to be ignored. We must roll back the rollbacks to protect our health and economy and combat the climate crisis.

From President-elect Joe Biden to Congress and local leaders, it is time to act on climate. My story is not unique. According to Associated Press exit polls from the 2020 election, 70% of Americans are concerned about the effects of the climate crisis. Join me and millions of Americans in urging our legislators and policymakers to swiftly enact policy to solve the climate crisis.

With the growing amount of stronger storms, Ellicott City is continuously being destroyed. Right around the corner from me, people have to close down their small businesses because their buildings are gutted and flooded. It’s clear the climate crisis is at our doorsteps. We cannot wait any longer to act. Join me in urging our our leaders to recommit to climate action and stand firm. It is time to act.

Laila Greene

Ellicott City

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