Sauerbrey speaks up for city's children
Hurrah for Ellen Sauerbrey for having the political nerve and common sense to support Alice Morgan Brown, principal of Northern High School.
Too often, politicians, including Gov. Parris Glendening and Mayor Kurt Schmoke, turn their heads when it's time to tackle tough issues like discipline within the city school system.
I was mystified that the governor dismissed Ellen Sauerbrey's stand as "partisan political rhetoric."
When it comes to the outbreak of Pfiesteria in fish, he runs commercials on television and radio. When we are talking about the education of our children and discipline within the school system, he decides to do nothing.
Too often, Republicans are criticized for not supporting minority issues. Well, here's Ellen Sauerbrey literally fighting for the futures of minority students in Baltimore City.
Republicians recognize that a quality education in a safe and secure learning environment is the key to the future of these children, and she is willing to do something about it.
Mayor Schmoke said Ellen Sauerbrey is "diving deep for her pearls" when discussing the suspensions.
I believe she is diving into the issue and looking for the diamonds, not the pearls, in the hearts of the children of Baltimore City. These students have been hindered by the ineffectiveness of a bloated bureaucracy and a system unwilling to take a stand for years.
Ellen Sauerbrey believes that, within each child, there is a tremendous potential for success. It is up to us, as parents and elected officials, to unearth and shape these diamonds.
It will take action, however, not indifference and "partisan political rhetoric" from political bystanders.
Jim Ports, Jr.
The writer is member of the House of Delegates from Baltimore County and City.
Bombing targets in World War II
I found Gerald Johnston's Nov. 15 letter, "Reliving moments of World War II" (Nov. 15) most interesting, but wondered where he obtained his facts.
There was no U.S. Air Force at that time; it was the U.S. Army Air Corps that did the bombing.
The British carried out night-time saturation bombing of German cities, the same as they had received from Germany. Until the entrance of the U.S. into the conflict, strategic bombing had not been attempted.
Strategic bombing is the bombing of marshaling yards, bridges, factories, etc., not the bombing of civilian men, women and children. The 8th Air Force did join the RAF in a few saturation bombings at one time during the war, but that was not a common practice.
Missions were planned by the higher command in accordance with the overall direction and situations existing.
Air power did indeed fly in support of the troops whenever weather permitted.
I do not understand Mr. Johnston's statement that we had to be persuaded to give up bombing civilians in order to support the invasion.
I flew my missions over Germany and Austria with the 98th Bomb Grp. out of Lecci, Italy, and I never -- I repeat, never -- dropped a bomb on anything but a strategic target.
alvin G. Moler
Brady gives sports a good name
I am pleased to see that Brady Anderson and Peter Angelos were able to come to an agreement and that Brady Anderson will be an Oriole for five more years.
With all the bad public relations pro athletics receives, it is nice to see that money isn't the only thing players think of and that owners can be reasonable.
I think both are to be commended for being willing to compromise. What a breath of fresh air.
Young entangles church and state
Buried deep in the column inches of the report on Sen. Larry Young was the indiscretion that concerns me the most: the unrepentant assertion that he used public time, personnel and funds to promote a particular religious doctrine through the Revival Crusade.
The thing that concerns me second-most is the observation that no one seems to think this is a problem. Your editorials do not even address it, nor do your columnists.
I know I can't be the only one who is interested in whether public officials uphold the Constitution.
Know that bird or fowl up name
The Sun ran a Reuters photo from Ecuador on Dec. 6 (page 2D) captioned "Walks like a duck".
Sadly, someone ducked the editing. The picture is of about 15 geese with no ducks in sight.
I guess that, in addition to the Galapagos Islands, we need to preserve wildlife ID.