Laurie Cook Couldn't Have Reported Abuse
While Laurie Cook was glad to see that the editorial "Why Laurie Cook?" on June 29 questions the rationality of the school administration's policies, both she and I were once again dismayed at the inaccuracies which have continued in the coverage of her story.
Your editorial states that she didn't follow the child abuse reporting laws. The child abuse reporting laws require teachers (among others) to report suspected abuse. Miss Cook herself did not suspect abuse.
She had heard of the unsubstantiated rumors from the student herself and questioned the student. The student denied anything inappropriate. Miss Cook believed her.
It would have been wrong indeed for Miss Cook to file a report of suspected child abuse when she herself did not so suspect.
M. Cristina Gutierrez
The writer is the attorney for Laurie Cook.
A Level Playing Field?
This letter serves to respond to your editorial, "Level Playing Field for Girls," of July 13. You stated, "Anne Arundel high school sports are very much a man's world."
The Sun is the kettle calling the pot black. You stated that it is possible that Anne Arundel's school system favors boys sports over girls sports. I can state that The Sun favors reporting boys sports over girls sports. . . .
I am the father of a 15-year-old girl. I am also a 4-H Club volunteer. Equestrian sports are very much female-dominated. Girls like horses.
As a 4-H Club volunteer, I have tried on several occasions to have The Sun publish articles on 4-H Club horse shows. No luck.
I have tried to have the show schedule printed in The Sun. I have not received any enthusiasm from the staff of The Sun for Anne Arundel County. I bet The Sun would print a football schedule. Perhaps I am wrong . . . ? Editor, would you be interested in promoting girls sports?
Martin J. Kolb
Pioneers In Action
The Pioneers In Action community fund-raiser was a success. We received donations from Pioneers In Action members, the Pioneer Food Market and Safeway Food Store. The funds raised will be used for recreational and educational programs and activities. All events will be drug- and alcohol-free.
Special thanks to the following people who came out to support our event: Clarence Watkins of Anne Arundel County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program; Robert McMurties (who is running for Anne Arundel County Council 4th District and walked through the Pioneer, Warfield and Richfield communities to pass out flyers and discuss community problems); Carol Borum, guidance counselor at MacArthur Middle School, and community residents.
Pioneers In Action has a new member, Cecilia Cager, who will be our treasurer. Baha Wali will be our communications representative. Thanks again to all who made our event a success.
Commodore Mayo Bridge
On the Naval Academy grounds, if you stand next to the tallest monument dedicated to U.S. Navy heroes, the full scope of the old and new Severn River bridges comes in to view. This prominent obelisk, dedicated to Commodore Isaac Mayo, has the following inscriptions: "He won high fame as a lieutenant in the War of 1812, as a captain in the War with Mexico, and as Commander in Chief of Africa during his last service afloat," and "A sea officer of heroic mold, prompt in action, undaunted in battle, kind and gentle at home."
Commodore Isaac Mayo served more than 50 years in the U.S. Navy. He was recognized by Maryland in 1828 with the presentation of a ceremonial sword as a "Reward of Patriotism and Valor." Congress presented him with a silver medal for his "gallantry and good conduct . . . in the capture of the British sloop of war Penguin."
His illustrious naval career included service in Africa suppressing the slave trade, and he was commended by the Army's Gen. Winfield Scott for his role in the Navy's bombardment at Veracruz in the Mexican War. He was wounded twice in action, and his naval career record consistently demonstrates that he chose duty to country over personal interests.
The commodore was instrumental in the choice of Fort Severn as the site for a new naval training school, which ultimately became the U.S. Naval Academy. Secretary of the Navy Bancroft named Mayo to the site selection committee, and the committee unanimously accepted Mayo's recommendation of Fort Severn.
His life and career is an example of patriotism in action, a model to our children.
The Commodore Mayo Kiwanis Club, on behalf of the citizens of the Mayo-Edgewater area, has filed an application with the State Highway Administration to name the new bridge for Commodore Isaac Mayo. We believe Commodore Isaac Mayo's heroism and example of public service remain a standard for all Marylanders, young and old, to emulate.
And we believe there is no better choice of a name for the new Severn River Bridge.
Dr. Herb Butler
Heartfelt thanks are in order for The Sun's generous coverage of our concerts and other events throughout the year. Associate Publisher Bob Penick was a staunch supporter of the Symphony. We were served well by Jim Born and Joe Sweeney in advertising. Philip Greenfield's feature stories and reviews were written with style and punch.
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra approaches its 34th season with two full performances of each concert, including the family concert, plus two appearances at the Naval Academy with the Glee Club.
We urge music lovers to call the Symphony box office at 263-0907 and sign up for next year. You will enjoy yourself and support a local institution.
The writer is executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.