Nonsense About Suspensions
The article, "Black Suspensions Worry Schools" (Sept. 27), was a classic example of how the sociological nonsense pumped out by the secular witch doctors and spread by their useful idiots is encouraging social breakdown. . . . Blaming teachers for disruptions by students is like blaming the police for causing the actions of criminals.
And the crude racial stereotyping by the "human relations coordinator" of Howard County schools was another example of elitists not living up to their rhetoric. The coordinator would have people believe that blacks rebel against any discipline and whites don't mind public humiliation. (It will be interesting to see if the coordinator suffers the same fate as Al Campanis.) If equality is the watchword, as the elites of this nation constantly preach, then there should be one standard of behavior for all.
The bean counters don't seem to realize that life is not a piece of graph paper where the lines can always be drawn where they "should" be; it's an imperfect universe and the numbers will not always match up.
What's important is that people should be treated as individuals, and in the matter of school suspensions, the cases should be looked at on such a basis; quotas in school discipline are not needed. . . .
Charles E. Wilson Jr.
What an absurd editorial was "Double Standard in Discipline?", Sept. 28.
A whole column devoted to what happened to 46 elementary students out of 19,000. Talk about micro-managing the school system.
It seems that there was a disproportionate number of a certain group found among those suspended. So now there must be some sinister reason for this lack of proportionality.
I would hazard a guess that the proportion of males being suspended was out of line with the figures for females guilty of misbehavior.
If true, then we should be trying to bring the number of bad boys more in line with their overall percentage in the system. Otherwise it would seem that teachers (predominantly women) are showing bias against males.
Since most children learn their behavior patterns from their parents, it seems to me that the problem lies with the parents, regardless of whether they are white, Asian, etc.
Of course, we parents always claim that we are doing a great job, and it is someone else's fault if our children under-perform or act up. . . .
R. D. Bush
Due to the increasing number of black elementary school students being suspended, Howard County officials are targeting the blame to teachers. This is preposterous. It is not the teachers who are provoking the bad behavior.
Primary school teachers in Howard County are recognized for their immense compassion for students and their remarkable ability to enhance the learning of youngsters. . . .
This issue is not black or white, and until people realize that, things will continue to be taken out of context. As long as this problem exists, the school system will never function properly.
Ignorance About Zoning
Your editorial of Sept. 24, "Why Howard Snubbed Rouse," demonstrates a lack of understanding of the land use process in Howard County. You question the zoning board's commitment to the General Plan in its decision on the parcel at Route 216 and Interstate 95, which was not rezoned to mixed use in the comprehensive rezoning.
One point in particular needs clarification: The general plan is a 20-year master plan, not the 10-year plan you state in the editorial. HCCA feels that the county should phase zoning as an additional management tool to direct growth to areas where it can best be accommodated. All zoning for the full 20-year period needn't be granted immediately. The General Plan designation gives the predictability that people need but the zoning needn't be changed until the infrastructure is in place to accommodate the change.
Comprehensive zoning paves the way for the implementation of the development goals of the General Plan. Some people consider the job complete now. The Howard County Citizen's Association considers the conservation and preservation elements to be equally important: the acquisition of parkland, the completion of greenways, scenic roads, the preservation of the unique features of the county.
We hope The Sun's commitment to the General Plan is as evident when the conservation and preservation goals of the plan are implemented.
The writer is president of the Howard County Citizen's Association.
The Sun editorial for Sept. 24 is a excellent illustration of the paper's ignorance on how some Howard County zoning decisions are obtained. In the editorial, it is claimed that this county is establishing roadblocks in front of the Howard Research and Development Company (not the Rouse Company, we want to be accurate). The editorial claims that Alton J. Scavo (of HRD) is shocked by the decision. . . .
Is Mr. Scavo really shocked by the decision? Mr. Scavo testified in favor of the 1990 General Plan which included deferment of some mixed-use sites. The site at Interstate 95 was deferred because it is primarily under one ownership. In the Fulton area, where multiple ownership exists, by allowing mixed-use overlay zoning to be requested, the effect may actually cause that area to remain in farming longer.
The comprehensive rezoning regulations . . . will require mixed-use zoning to be concurrent with the phasing of required road improvements (i.e., Route 216). The zoning board, therefore, is following the general plan guidelines. The Interstate 95 area is still a potential mixed-use site, but it is also being phased as required by the General Plan, which covers the next 20 years. . . .
L The writer is president of the Savage Community Association.