School renovationParents of Glenmount Elementary-Middle School must...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

School renovation

Parents of Glenmount Elementary-Middle School must make a serious decision in the next month whether to move the school to the Northern Parkway Junior High School facility.

The reason for the proposed move is the dilapidated condition of the building.

The roof leaks and constantly needs repairs. The chimney recently fell down. The plumbing is barely adequate, and the heating system has two settings: off and boiling.

It's so bad that in the winter when my children ask if they can wear shorts and tee shirts to school I am tempted to let them.

The decision to move is a painful one. Glenmount, which rests on a hill, has the perfect school setting: a regal stone structure, a large playground, ample grassy areas, large evergreen trees and areas where the science class can experience nature.

Separating Glenmount also would be difficult. The school has the highest standardized test scores in Baltimore City and holds a high attendance rating.

A few years ago, parents at the elementary school banded together to have it changed to a K-8 school. We won.

But now, in the first year of full operation, we find that we may have to separate the older students from the younger ones.

We knew when we lobbied for a more inclusive school that we likely would have to move while the renovation was being completed.

But the renovation was delayed and delayed, and if our children leave the building now they probably won't be back until 1999.

Is there any way that city, state or elected officials can help? There are almost 700 children at Glenmount presently, with a potential of twice that many votes from their parents.

We want to speed up the renovation. Get it done now.

In the bond issue that was voted on a few elections ago Glenmount was among several schools due for renovation. Yet somehow Glenmount ended up last on the list.

Now our children most likely won't have their school back until they've graduated from it.

Carole Lendosky

Baltimore

No-smoking law

It boggles my mind how our spineless legislators in Annapolis fell all over themselves to cobble together a bill to negate the effect of a measure favorably affecting the health of all the state's citizens.

I can just imagine beady-eyed lobbyists scurrying through the halls of the legislature distributing "walk-around" money and other favors, and calling in chits of the puppet legislators they have bought; all to defeat the non-smoking resolution.

A large part of this effort must lie on the shoulders of the ill-named hospitality industry, which prefers to back a minority's (smokers) preference for blowing smoke up everyone's nose while the general populace tries to enjoy their leisure and their jobs.

Without any substantiation, these backers of disease and death tell us no one will eat, drink or visit in Maryland anymore should the non-smoking resolution stand.

Shame on our legislators for buying into a fiction any citizen could see through clearly if it weren't for all the tobacco smoke.

Russ Seese

Aberdeen

Was Specter gullible in JFK probe?

Isn't it wonderful that Arlen Specter, the Republican U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, has decided to run for the presidency of the United States in 1996?

When Senator Specter announced his candidacy in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, he said he is running as a "moderate Republican" against the right-wing of his party so the nation would not have to be led another four years by the "incompetent left."

If Senator Specter is going to bring up the subject of competence, I hope he discusses his competence as assistant counsel to the Warren Commission. He and then-Rep. Gerald Ford invented the "magic bullet theory."

Did Arlen Specter do a proper job, or did he participate in a whitewash for the Warren Commission?

The commission's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy adopted as a fact Arlen Specter's and Gerald Ford's magic single bullet theory.

Arlen Specter says that Warren Commission exhibit 399, the so-called magic bullet, struck President Kennedy in the back, passed through his neck, exited and made a 90 degree left-hand turn, entering then-Texas Governor John Connelly's body.

It was one shot and seven wounds and the bullet emerged miraculously intact.

The FBI conducted numerous tests with cadavers, trying to replicate the condition of a bullet that had traveled a similar path, rTC hitting flesh and bone, and couldn't do it. There was more lead removed from Governor Connally that could have come from the "magic" bullet. How does Arlen Specter, a former district attorney for Philadelphia, explain this?

The single bullet (CE 399) that was found on Governor Connelly's stretcher at Parkland Hospital looked as if it were brand new.

Arlen Specter's single bullet theory is the sine qua non of the Warren Commission's report. Without the single bullet theory there cannot be a sole assassin, whether it was Lee Harvey Oswald or anybody else.

You either have a single bullet theory to explain how one bullet caused seven wounds in Kennedy and Connelly, excluding President Kennedy's head wound, to fit in with the timing of the Zapruder film and the test firing of the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle found in the Texas School Book Depository, or you've got two or more people shooting. And that is the significance of the single bullet theory.

If you show that it is scientifically impossible and that there is absolutely no validity to that single bullet theory, then you have proved without anything else being needed that two or more people had to have been involved in the shooting.

Arlen Specter, a man who wants to be president of the United States, lives in a glass house. He should be real careful before he begins throwing stones at President Clinton.

Grason Eckel

Cambridge

Give credit to historically black colleges

I'm a 39-year-old white male who was laid off three years ago from a very reputable company.

One of the benefits was money for education. My wife and I thought that this would be a good time for me to take advantage of that benefit to work toward a degree.

I graduated this past summer from Catonsville Community College and decided to earn a bachelor's degree in special education. The only school close to my home that offered a four-year degree in special education was Coppin State University.

I have started my second term there and can't say enough positive about it.

It has truly been a heartwarming experience. Were you aware that Coppin has a financial aid package called the "Other Race Grant" available for students such as myself? I didn't meet the deadline for applying this year, otherwise I could be benefiting from it.

I haven't seen any articles about the program or complaints that it should be banned. Yet anything even remotely controversial regarding African-Americans gets into your paper.

I am currently enrolled in a block of methods classes that meet at the Robert W. Coleman Elementary school, which is the only year-around school in Maryland.

I am one of 14 Coppin State students who interact with the children and give a couple of lessons while being observed. This has been going on between the college and the elementary school for over 10 years, but has your newspaper ever written about it?

We tend to forget that when the Supreme Court ruled in the Brown vs. Board of Education decision 41 years ago it not only allowed blacks to attend the University of Maryland but also gave me the chance to go to Morgan or Coppin.

Do I feel strange going to an historically black college? At first I did, but now I feel that I belong there and it would take a miracle to drag me away.

Can't we given Coppin and other historically black schools the respect that is due them?

Ken Burroughs

Arbutus

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