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THE Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is out with its annual survey of teachers' salaries in the 15 Southern and border states covered by the organization, and Maryland is way ahead of the pack.

Maryland's public school teachers earned an average of $39,141 in the year just ended, well ahead of second-place Virginia's $32,356 and nearly $10,000 above the average for SREB states ($30,017). In fact, Maryland is the only Southern/border state with teachers' salaries higher than the national average ($35,334).

A negative development, however, is that Maryland's increases are slowing after a fast start at the beginning of the 1990s. The estimated change from 1992 to 1993 was only 1.1 percent, well behind West Virginia (10.7 percent), the Southern- and border-state average (2.3 percent) and the U.S. average (3.6 percent).

And although Free State teachers are ninth in the nation in an unadjusted ranking of salaries, they drop to 17th in a ranking adjusted for cost-of-living. In short, Maryland teachers earn more, but it costs them much more to live than their brothers and sisters in rural states.

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WITH baseball season in full swing, this is a good time to recall some of the statements from one of the diamond's foremost philosophers, Lawrence Peter Berra, known to one and all simply as Yogi.

Here are a handful of Yogi's comments on life as viewed from the ball yard. They are taken from Barlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition, Justin Kaplan general editor:

"It ain't over till it's over."

"How can you think and hit at the same time?"

"In baseball, you don't know nothing."

"Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting."

"You can observe a lot by watching."

"If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's going to stop them."

"It was deja vu all over again."

And this personal favorite, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Incidentally, there are eight Yogi-isms in the current edition of Bartlett's.

By comparison, Russell Baker rates only one; Malcolm X four, Fidel Castro two, Mel Brooks two, Barbara Bush one, Walter Cronkite one and Charles Dillon Stengel (a.k.a. Casey) three -- none of these sayings being nearly as notable as those from the sage of the Bronx.

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