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Klosterman must resign to keep campaign pledge

Daniel E. Klosterman Jr., chairman of the Anne Arundel County Council, stated during his election campaign for the County Council that government should be accountable to the people. ("Arundel official violated ethics," July 12)

Therefore, in the spirit of this slogan, he should immediately resign and apologize to the people of Anne Arundel County for his poor judgment.

If he couldn't recognize the conflict of interest regarding his promotion of TGMI Contractors Inc., interests, he is clearly not able enough to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

Stan Westendorf

Linthicum

Gilchrest impeachment action demands apology

Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest has once again become an environmentalist, as he does every two years, just in time for the elections.

This year, however, Mr. Gilchrest has an additional disadvantage as the campaign begins to heat up -- his votes to spend millions of taxpayer dollars in a crude attempt to embarrass the president of the United States into resigning.

Mr. Gilchrest and his party hijacked the national agenda for an entire year, shamelessly invaded people's privacy, embarrassed the country and ultimately disgraced themselves as hypocrites when news of the extramarital affairs of Mr. Gilchrest's Republican colleagues Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, Robert Livingston and the rest also became public.

Unless Mr. Gilchrest apologizes to his constituents for these actions, he no longer deserves our support.

Jonathan Inskeep

Crofton

Thanks to community in fight to save farm

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the community for its overwhelming support during our struggle to keep our family's farm.

Although we have received nothing formal from the Howard County Board of Education, we did read in a recent news article that a new site for the school was being purchased from the Taylor family.

You can't imagine how unprepared we were to receive a letter from the Board of Education pressuring us to sell our farmland for a new elementary school, or face the consequences of condemnation.

We asked ourselves over and over how they could possibly condemn a piece of property that literally bears the fruits of our labor. Many tears were shed trying to understand the absurdity of the situation.

Hopefully, the tears and any hard feelings are all behind us now.

This is a busy time of the year for our family, but we would be remiss if we didn't take the time to thank the community and especially our patrons for their letters and phone calls to the Board of Education and representatives of our local government supporting our cause.

We are deeply humbled by your caring and continued support.

James and Joan Baugher

Ellicott City

Recalling good times of Mr. Peep's Baltimore

I enjoyed reading Carl Schoettler's July 17 article on John Goodspeed and the recollections of his (still) much-lamented Evening Sun column, "Mr. Peep's Diary," which had a good run from 1951 to 1967. ("The writer who gave us 'arnjoos'")

What awful job he retired from at the Social Security Administration after he left the newspaper is too depressing to think about and I am grateful that Mr. Schoettler left that out.

As an avid reader of that column during my days at the Evening Sun in the early 1960s, I remember feeding Mr. Goodspeed occasional snippets and often mining the column for story ideas I could develop into news features.

In fact, when I left the paper in 1962 to join the (now also defunct) Evening Star in Washington, I continued stealing ideas from "Mr. Peep's Diary."

I particularly enjoyed his tales of the adventurous Washingtonian who loved to explore Baltimore (one time, on rollerskates), reporting its quirky foibles.

I once spent a lively day roaming Mr. Goodspeed's Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Basin with this curious fellow who, as I recall, had a deep fascination for the meaningful individuality of the city's manhole covers.

During my nearly 20 years at the Evening Star as a columnist and a feature writer, I often lamented that the less-than-homespun District of Columbia never came close to providing the rich story material that Baltimore had to offer.

John Sherwood

Severna Park

Environmental Fund thanks donors

The Environmental Fund for Maryland would like to thank Anne Arundel County residents who contributed to the fund or one of our 21 member groups in the last year.

In particular, state and federal employees through the Maryland Charity Campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign gave more than ever, resulting in a 27 percent increase in overall giving.

Over 75 percent of the monies received last year by the Environmental Fund for Maryland came from local, state, federal and private industry employees through payroll deduction in their workplace charity campaigns.

Their generous support allows our member groups to continue the education, preservation, advocacy and restoration efforts that are vital to protecting and enhancing Maryland's environment and quality of life.

We would also like to thank the United Health Group, which included the fund in their employee charity campaign for the first time last year.

Noelle Richmond Marie Kulick Pasadena

The writers are, respectively, the executive director and the associate director of the fund.

Pre-school classes for hearing impaired

I am writing to you concerning the future elimination of the Pre-School Hearing Impaired Program at the Shipley's Choice Elementary School in Millersville.

The Board of Education's current concern is the small number of children in the program.

I am wondering why they are not seeing the importance of the program, but rather their budget crisis. There are so many reasons I can give to you to convince you that maintaining this program is of the utmost importance, and keeping it separate from the Intermediate Hearing Impaired Program.

First, let's take a look at some of the outstanding benefits this program provides to the children and their parents:

* Early detection and assessment of hearing loss.

* Intervention and access to other outreach programs through networking.

* Language development through sign-language by specialized teachers and teacher's aides.

It is important to capture hearing loss at the earliest stage possible to ensure proper language skills for reading, writing and communication skills with family and peers.

Just imagine the struggle one has to go through when he or she cannot express thoughts and feelings.

Specialized language skills are not offered in the Early Childhood Intervention Programs that meet the needs of other disabilities. They are not offered in day-care settings or other education institutions (public or private).

The only places for these programs are Maryland Schools for the Deaf in Columbia and Frederick.

Both far and near, many parents would like their children to have a "normalized or mainstreamed" program to choose from.

Eliminating Pre-School Hearing Impaired Programs would save some money by not paying staff, and would open up a classroom for an overcrowded school.

But the pre-School program at Shipley's Choice is an appropriate-size classroom. What other better place to put the situated program? What would be replaced there? What are you really eliminating?

The pre-school hearing program is a public service. If the school board would increase public awareness of the availability of the program, enrollment would increase.

Anne Arundel County alone is third to Prince George's and Montgomery counties in numbers of deaf residents. Gallaudet University is a 45-minute drive from Anne Arundel County.

Putting pre-school and intermediate hearing impaired children in one classroom would be an educational disaster.

One teacher and one aide dealing with a variety of different ages, different hearing losses, different learning disabilities and different developmental stages would be impossible.

Please consider this action being taken. It has an enormous impact on everyone, especially the children.

Katherine M. Cosner

Pasadena

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