From: Robert S. Barranco, Jr.
Barranco and Sons
Severna Park Funeral Home.
I would like to commend Anne Arundel County Sun staff writer Angela Gambill for herAug. 23, 1991, story on St. Luke's Episcopal Church's Memorial Garden. I would, however, like to point out a couple of inaccuracies.
First, cremation does not always eliminate embalming. When chosen, cremation is merely a final step of disposition of a deceased human body. In fact, many bodies that are cremated have funeral services in thefuneral home of church, including viewing, prior to cremation.
Second, according to recent statistics from the National Funeral Directors Association, only 13 percent of bodies are cremated, not one-third as reported in the article.
I am sure Anna May Wilson's vision for creating the garden will bring joyful memories of life to those who visit.
From: Annabel Bowers
Teaching is one of the most fulfilling professions but also one of the most demanding. If it is to reach even a minimum of its goals, theteacher needs the support and cooperation of that school's administration, i.e. the principal.
How can anyone do his very best if he surrounded by an air of intimidation, vindictiveness and general negative vibrations.
The person in front of the classroom has many and varied responsibilities toward the students. These responsibilities cannot be carried out or achieved under adverse conditions.
I know several of the instructors and coaches from Northeast. They are fine and dedicated people but feel frustrated by the seeming indifference manifested by the "powers that be from Riva Road" to their situation.
Why do they sacrifice the well-being of the many students and teachers -- to preserve their judgment in selecting Mr. Joseph Carducci Jr. as a principal.
Will they ever be able to correct their lack in judgment?
ARGUMENT FOR UNIFORMS
From: Mary Spannare
After reading the Aug. 22, 1991, article by Angela Gambill on the free school clothing to save needy children from "humiliation, depression and loss of self esteem," I felt compelled to write to express my concern, not for just
the needy but for all Anne Arundel County students. All students feel the same peer pressure to have the latest clothes that will help them gain acceptance by their classmates.
It was quite generous that stores such as J. C. Penney, Stride Rite, Buster Brown, Athlete's Foot, etc. donated footwear and clothing during these hard economic times and that volunteers are willing to help the "guy next door." It was also ironic that one of the volunteerstalked of the difficulty of clothing her own children, spending over$130 for shoes and probably much more for underwear, socks, pants, and shirts.
The question that should be raised by the parents is why hasn't that Board of Education taken the lead by mandating that thestudents wear uniforms. This eliminates the pressure to conform and eliminates the perceived "class" difference that money brings. The uniform could be the school colors or a combination of the school colors with a plain black shoe. This would take many problems out of the classrooms and would permit the teachers to concentrate on teaching and the students to concentrate on learning.
I am writing to express disappointment in reading your article titled "Shaman/nurse uses energy of love to heal the sick" by Angela Gambill Sept. 31.
A shaman is a witch. Theyindeed have been around for thousands of years. Their "gospel" of "pure love energy," "everything is sacred," and "Mother Earth has an antidote for everything" is a lie. God is still sovereign. There is evil in the world. Satan is alive and well.
Eastern mysticism, witchcraft and humanism are still those things, even when wrapped in "love," "positivism," "self-help," etc. Labels. God is not fooled. I pray that your readers aren't either.
From: Michael J. Rose
Generally, I enjoy political satire and especially satirical cartoons. However, you recently ran two cartoons by Mr. (Rob) Snyder lampooning (Northeast High School Principal Joseph) Carducci that I find offensive.
In each of these cartoons, Mr. Carducci is pictured as a Roman Catholic cleric. Assuming that Mr. Carducci may be Catholic, I would submit to you that religion is irrelevantwith respect to this issue, since there are Catholics on both sides of it. Will Mr. Snyder be depicting Lt. Governor Melvin Steinberg as a rabbi when his view on a subject are held up for ridicule?
Perhaps anyone with an Arabic sounding name could be pictured as an ayatollah.
Cartoons of this type are not humor. They represent Mr. Snyder's prejudices in pictorial form. In printing material like this, youpromote bigotry of a subtle but effective type.
The challenge forMr. Snyder is to be funny (and therefore effective) without allowinghis personal prejudices to show through. The challenge for you, as an editor, is to make sure that bigotry is not promoted in an effort to make an editorial statement.
A VIEW FROM THE COAST
From: J. D. Miller
You recently published an article written by Capt. Bob Spore that really hurt me ("Coast Guard targets osprey, charter boats," Aug. 25, 1991).
I feel that this was a personal attack against me, and I would like to straighten a few things out. I willonly discuss the topics that were mentioned in the article.
This is a private account of my own opinion and experiences. In no way do I legally represent the U.S. Coast Guard on these subjects.
Let's get the facts first. The osprey is a large, fish-eating hawk (Pandionhaliaetus) that is a dark brown color above and mostly pure white below (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary).
The osprey is protected by the federal government. They don't bother their nests during the breeding season. They simply place a temporary buoy next to theone that has a nest on it. When the season is over, and the young are long gone from the nest, then and only then, with the district's permission, they clear the nests away. This has no effect on the ospreyor its young, as they build again new next year.
The VHF marine radio has been a big topic for years. I strongly support this issue. An example: They have had as many as five search and rescue calls at one time, on more than one occasion, on VHF. Trying to keep them all straight is only one problem they have to deal with. Then all of a sudden, Mr. Joe Boater is trying to call his wife to ask her, "What's for supper, honey?" On a distress frequency! Big deal, wait till you get home and let it be a surprise. What ever happened to romance, anyway?
A search and rescue call is important, no matter if it is life-threatening or not. Those same "Fearless Coasties" not only have to monitor VHF marine but also CB, AM, all auto-tone frequencies, and a telephone system that has a minimum of four outside lines. Just try that for a day, Capt. Bob Spore, and visit a C.G. station sometime. Youmight be surprised!
EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) are another issue I strongly support. Do you know if that person last week who chartered your boat had a weak heart? Mr. Spore, this is not the 1950s! Technology has advanced so much that if you went down last week and you had an EPIRB on board, a satellite could have pinpointed your EPIRB within 100 square feet? That's pretty damn close, isn't it?
Now for the "Fearless Coasties" part. "Take a walk ona bulkhead" (an upright partition separating compartments of a ship)is a common figure of speech used by them on occasion. You figure that one out for yourself. How many times have you had to look in the surf for 1 1/2 days for a 6-year-old girl, before you found her, because there might be a chance that she is still alive? I have, and I found her, and I cried for days! I'd bet if you asked a few "Fearless Coasties" about their feelings, you would find out that they cry, too!
Oh, as for "Fearless Coasties" again, just roll a 44-foot Motor Life Boat over a couple of times in a day and then continue on to save private charter boat that ran out of fuel, "because the fish were running' good, right before this bad storm came along." Tells you something about private charter captains.
DEFENDING THE GUARD
From: Daniel J. Ryan
I am writing in response to a column published by Capt. Bob Spore ("Coast Guard targets osprey, charter boats," Aug. 25, 1991). I would appreciate if you could publish this in your paper also.
Capt. Spore recently wrote a column about the U.S. Coast Guard that really made me sit back and take a long look about the Coast Guard and its "Fearless Coasties."
The issue of osprey nests: The buoy tender that was mentioned has to follow orders issued by the district commander, who, along with state officials and the National Audubon Society, decide the breeding and gestation period of the ospreys and whether removing the nest would harm these endangered birds.
The Coast Guard does not just say, "To hell with these birds," and clear out their nests. If the nests are "active," they are left alone. If the birds have left their nests, then the buoys can be serviced with the district's authorization. The birds can again rebuildtheir nests and they will not have to be bothered. This job is completed with strict guidelines.
I am sure that if any of these buoys are not lighted or working properly, the Coast Guard will be the first to be screamed at, since it is its responsibility to to maintain them.
Why is the Coast Guard getting involved with FCC maritime radio licensing rules? Could it possibly be due to a lot of misuse of radio procedures? (Channel 16 is a hailing and distress frequency, not to be used to see how last night's dinner turned out.)
I suggest that sometime you really sit down and monitor how Channel 16 is being utilized. It seems that the Coast Guard not only will ensure that you have proper licensing, but also explain the proper use of the radio. It would help keep this channel open so when an actual emergency arises, both the person in distress and persons assisting them would be able to utilize the correct channels for what they are designed for.
Capt. Spore addressed the subject of EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons). This portion really scared me! Is he trying to tell us that our lives are not valued at $1,800 to $2,500 or that our boats and vessels are not worth this amount?
If you check into the accuracy rate of EPIRBs, you will be amazed at how many lives andproperty have been saved during their use in search and rescue missions.
Here is a captain of a charter boat telling me that my safetyand life is not worth the cost of investing in an EPIRB. If I were going out on a charter boat, I would feel safer knowing that he has placed my life above the cost of adding another simple safety device. Better to be fully prepared than to wait until there is an accident ordeath, and then wish you would have taken the extra step to ensure the safety of life and property.
I am really impressed that Capt. Spore is a licensed charter boat captain. Where did he get his license, anyway? Perhaps the Coast Guard?
As you can see, the Coast Guarddoes many jobs. They range from search and rescue, licensing, aids to navigation, safety inspections and so on. All these jobs are to ensure that safety requirements are met. The bottom line is they are here to protect and assist us, our loved ones and our property!
Unlike Capt. Bob Spore, I am not "anti-Coast Guard." I pay my taxes every year like the rest of you, and when I am out on the water, I feel a lot safer knowing that the U.S. Coast Guard stands ready to assist me in any way they can 24 hours a day, every single day of the year.
STAND BY CARDUCCI
From: Mary Ervin
I am writing to clarify the misconceptions that the readers of your paper may have about CARE-MD due to an article that was printed in your paper Sept. 5, 1991, titled "Anti-abortionists laud Carducci."
CARE-MD is not an anti-abortion group. We are a group of concerned parents organized to protect the welfare of our children by working with government and educators. We seek the best health care and sex education for our children. Teen-age abortion is a health concern that CARE-MD speaks and writes about. We therefore felt it necessary to voice our concern about the "abortion issue" that a few parents at Northeast High School have raised in their efforts to have their principal removed.
The following is from my testimony before the Anne Arundel County school boardon Sept. 4, 1991:
"Dr. Lorton, you were quoted in The Anne Arundel County Sun, Aug. 18, 1991, as saying, 'The most important piece of this puzzle -- the welfare of the students -- is being forgotten in the continuing diatribe against Mr. Carducci.' We couldn't agree with you more!
"The intense dislike that these Northeast High School parents feel for their principal has blinded them to the fact that Mr. Carducci has the best interest of their children at heart. He is following school policy that requires any school employee 'to report to the principal immediately any discussion with any student that indicates any behavior or threat of behavior that is potentially harmful or dangerous to self, others or to the community.' It is necessary that the principal be informed so that the parents can be notified.
"Itis reasonable to include abortion as part of this school policy because abortion is a surgical procedure with potential physical and emotional consequences and can even be fatal. This is a medical fact, nota religious or moral belief! Attached to this statement is a copy ofa medical journal article written by a gynecologist who treated teen-age girls with complications resulting from legal abortions. The death of a 16-year-old Maryland girl was caused by a botched legal abortion in March of 1989 but was not reported in the newspapers until Mayof 1990, when the lawsuit by the mother was being settled. The mother did not know that her daughter was getting an abortion!
"If my 16-year-old daughter went to a teacher with information that she had an appointment with Planned Parenthood to get an abortion, I would want that teacher to tell the principal so I could be informed. Surely, I have the right to know of a medical decision that could affect my daughter physically and emotionally for the rest of her life. We as parents should be able to have a sense of security for our children when they are sent to school.
"Are these Northeast parents aware thatthe state of Maryland does not provide for the health and safety of our minor daughters who receive abortions? There are not state regulations for abortion facilities. The only state requirement is that thephysician is licensed. This was first brought to the public's attention on Oct. 23, 1986.
"The Capital reported that two women, one 16years old, had suffered serious complications during abortions at Annapolis Planned Parenthood. Each had been treated for a perforated uterus at Arundel General Hospital. This past year, "60 Minutes" aired a special on abortion clinics. One clinic in Maryland was targeted because of several abortion-related deaths. Again, the state of Maryland was criticized because there are no state regulations for abortion facilities.
"In conclusion, we support school policies that protect our children, support and strengthen the family, and make parental involvement the norm, not the exception. We applaud Dr. Lorton and the school board members for their support of the Northeast High Schoolprincipal. We hope that the disgruntled parents at Northeast will understand and appreciate a principal who is concerned about the welfare of their children and the protection of parents' rights."
From: W. Ray Huff
District 31, House of Delegates
Motorcyclists' "Operation Santa Claus" will again be held at Fort Smallwood Park on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Precautionary measures have been considered by city, state, and county policeto ensure that the impact of the anticipated 50,000 cyclists will have a minimal effect on area residents.
However, I would again suggest that anyone planning to attend a scheduled event (such as a wedding, air travel, etc.) that day allow extra time for possible delays. I have also requested that fire equipment and a paramedic unit be on stand-by near the area as the Anne Arundel County Fire Department didlast year in case of an emergency in the area.
Hopefully, the ToyRun will be a safe, successful event without incident.