Cuts limit horizons of gifted students
Every registered voter in Maryland is aware of the faltering economy. And most of them are also aware that the state's lack of funds are resulting in strict budget cuts for everyone. However, not all voters know about the impact these cuts are having on our educational system.
I am currently a 10th grade "gifted and talented" student at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County. Loch Raven is being forced to lay off 5 1/2 teachers due to the cutbacks.
These layoffs make it necessary to cancel some classes. Unfortunately, the administration at Loch Raven has decided to cut some of the most academically stimulating classes in the school. They are dropping the GT-11 math course (Pascal Programming) and the GT-12 math course (Calculus 3), in
addition to other standard courses.
This is enough to outrage many students, their parents and a large percentage of the teachers at Loch Raven. The cutting of the math courses is unacceptable.
As a GT-10 math student, I was planning on taking three math courses in my final two years of high school. Now, I am only being offered one math course above my current level for the remainder of my high school career. There are no math courses available during my senior year.
This will influence my future. What college will accept an engineering candidate who lacks a math credit in his senior year?
In an age when the United States is losing the race for technological advancement and many politicians are calling for educational reforms, is it prudent to hinder the development of some of our most promising young minds?
Excluding traditional elements of the Preakness Parade such as the Baltimore Westsiders and the Shriners wasn't the only crime of Baltimore Preakness Celebration Inc. in its effort to "slick up" the parade.
In remaking the parade as a television event, the organizers are risking the loss of the parade's personality as an expression of community spirit and diversity.
As a long-time California resident, I learned that the New Year's Day Rose Parade was much better on television than live. It plays well in the living rooms of snowbound millions, but is only a rather dignified procession in person. The Baltimore Westsiders
and Shriners would add a lot of life to it.
We don't need a 90-minute "parade special" for TV. We do need a celebration of the best of Baltimore, including its young drum and majorette corps and Shriners on motorcycles.
Bow or cheer -- for 'Lili Marlene'
Sit down and bow your head or stand up and cheer. Both are in order.
Bow your head for Marlene Dietrich's passing. Cheer for Stephen Hunter's portrayal of her. Maybe it's her best obit.
Still, a few more words are needed; Mr. Hunter probably intended them but ran out of time or space.
You can't say Dietrich without saying Hemingway. What a combination, what a pair. The papa-daughter team of all time. Neither was in New York much but when they were, they got together. Read Lillian Ross' "Portrait of Hemingway":
"There was a knock at the door, and Hemingway got up quickly and opened it. It was Miss Dietrich. Their reunion was a happy one. Mrs. Hemingway came out of the bedroom and greeted the guest enthusiastically.
"Miss Dietrich stood back from Hemingway and looked at him with approval. 'Papa, you look wonderful,' she said slowly.
"'I sure missed you, daughter,' said Hemingway. He raised his fist to his face, and his shoulders shook as he laughed silently."
And so on and so on and so on.
"Hemingway asked her about some recording she had made, during the war, of popular American songs with lyrics translated into German, and said he'd like to have them. 'I'll give you a manuscript of a new book for recordings if you wish to trade even, daughter,' he told her.
"'Papa, I don't trade with you. I love you,' said Miss Dietrich.
"'You're the best that ever came into the ring,' Hemingway said."
And one thing more about those recordings. I'll have to try to find, to dig out, my old 78 of "Lili Marlene." Of Marlene singing Marlene. And play it again and again and again.
Sit down and bow your head or stand up and cheer.
Baltimore Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the State of Maryland all need to give strong coordinated support for recycling in the Greater Baltimore area. Recycling would mean less incineration. Some of the benefits of more recycling and less incineration include cleaner air, cleaner land, healthier trees, less erosion and cleaner water as well as economic savings.
Baltimore County and Baltimore City need to work together to increase their commitment to recycling. Baltimore City should continue to expand its curbside recycling program.
Also, Baltimore City should limit the amount of burnable garbage imported from the county. This would encourage Baltimore County to implement a county curbside recycling program.
With a commitment to recycling and to decreasing burnable garbage, the city would not need to build more incinerators. To show its commitment, the city should pass the City Council bill calling for a moratorium on the building of new incinerators.
Similarly, Baltimore County needs to implement curbside recycling so it can reduce its burnable garbage. By cutting down on burnable garbage through curbside recycling, Baltimore County will no longer have to ship 25 percent of its garbage to the city incinerator.
Such reductions in the county's burnable garbage would relieve the city from needing to build another incinerator, which would create pollution in both the county and city.
Furthermore, the State of Maryland is responsible for implementing state recycling legislation. In some cases, the state should have the authority to grant or deny certain building permits based on environmental criterion.
Unfortunately, however, the state has not translated all environmental laws into regulations necessary for these laws to be enforced.
Because issues of a clean safe environment do not stop at city/county borders, issues such as recycling and incineration involve the coordinated effort of Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. Together the city, county and state need to eliminate waste and pollution: We need to stop the building of new incinerators and support recycling.
Margaret M. McLean
The abortion referendum in November may be a godsend, but probably not in the way portrayed in H. J. Rizzo's letter April 27. The majority of Marylanders will vote in favor of the pro-choice legislation and send a clear message to the anti-choice zealots that we will not allow a misguided minority to impose their morals on this state.
It is morally wrong to bring unwanted children into this world. When the anti-choice people talk about the staggering numbers of abortions performed since 1973, I have to wonder what it would be like for a staggering number of unwanted children to be born to unwilling parents forced to bear children not out of love but by government order: There would be staggering incidents of child abuse, staggering numbers of children put up for adoption and a staggering drain on our resources. That would be a tragedy.
Unfortunately, I do not believe we will get a reprieve from noisy demonstrations. The anti-choice people will continue their efforts stop reproductive freedom. It is important that Marylanders are not apathetic when it comes to this referendum vote. Failure to pass this law will allow the repressive laws on the books to take effect when the Supreme Court renders its judgment on the Pennsylvania law designed to weaken Roe vs. Wade. This is not a threat to be taken lightly.