I am writing in response to the article on Sept. 26 about the reputation of Meade Senior High School ("Battling schools' negative image").
I am a senior at the high school and I believe we have been given a reputation by people who have never walked through the halls at Meade, or sat and talked to a student from Meade.
I would like to thank Shellie Seyer, of Long and Foster real estate, and others, for defending our school and explaining we are no different from other schools in the county. In fact, I feel a lot safer at Meade than I would at another school because we have the protection of the military.
I have spent all of my high- school career at Meade. I have never had any sort of problem. I am an honor student and one of five yearbook editors. I now spend my evenings as a volunteer coach in the Maryland City cheerleading program. Never have I been ashamed of the school from which I will receive my diploma. Most teachers did not leave Meade because of the behavior of students. Some left because their spouses have been relocated for military purposes. Others left because they felt they had a better offer.
People look down on Meade because of the "riot" in 1994,or an incident that occurred more than 10 years ago over a pair of shoes. The public should not hold that against the students who attend Meade now.
Your writer suggests our problem is the 18-percent of students who get free or reduced lunch. Money has nothing to do with the behavior of students. Their behavior comes from their parents. Many kids who receive free or reduced lunch are in honors classes and do not cause problems. Because a few students have given us a bad name does not mean people should punish all students there now.
Mary-Kay Blackmon, Laurel
Some on city council undermined 'First Night'
I am distressed to see inaccurate facts pertaining to funding for "First Night."
The mayor is the president officer of the Annapolis city council, but has only 1 vote of 9 and no veto power over legislation with which he may not agree, unlike the county executive, governor and president of the United States, who do have veto power.
Mayor Dean Johnson included funding of $16,000 for police overtime for New Year's Eve in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2000. This amount was recommended for approval by the finance committee and sent to the full council.
On the evening of June 2, the night the budget was adopted by the council, the following aldermen voted to remove those funds from the budget: Louise Hammond, D-Ward 1, Sheila Tolliver, D-Ward 2, Samuel Gilmer, D-Ward 3, Herbert McMillan, R-Ward 5, and Cynthia Carter, D-Ward 6.
To suggest that the mayor and the city are not supportive of First Night is not quite the entire story.
Joseph Sachs, Annapolis
The writer is an Annapolis alderman representing Ward 4.