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Md. is ready to extend early education to all

Congratulations to The Baltimore Sun on the editorial about the tremendous benefits of pre-kindergarten programs and Head Start ("Nurturing young minds," Dec. 29).

Readers and state leaders should also understand that Maryland is in prime position to use new federal funding for these early care and education programs. To borrow a phrase currently in vogue, pre-K expansion is "shovel ready" in Maryland.

A state-level task force has established principles for voluntary universal pre-K programs across the state. A follow-up "Preschool for All" business plan provides a blueprint for implementing those principles. Legislation will be introduced in the coming General Assembly session to move Maryland further toward this goal.

As the editorial notes, the long-term benefits of pre-K make it a wise investment, especially when tight budgets demand choices between competing priorities.

Clinton Macsherry, Baltimore

The writer is director of public policy for the Maryland Committee for Children.

State Palin governs still largely empty

The writer of a recent letter championed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president in part because she has been the governor of a "state that covers a land mass one-seventh the size of the continental United States" ("Palin more qualified to hold any office," Dec. 30). But if you count people instead of ice, Alaska ranks 47th among U.S. states.

Back in my drinking days, I knew better than to measure a drink by the ice in the glass.

Gary F. Suggars, Baltimore

Longtime clothier still outfits the city

I was a regular teenage customer at the old Eddie Jacobs location in the early 1950s. At the time, I would walk there from Calvert Hall High School, which was a few blocks away on Cathedral Street ("Nearly 70 years of style with Eddie Jacobs," Dec. 26).

That store was where I bought argyle socks; thin, regimental-striped ties for $2.50; button-down shirts (with the third button in back of the collar); and tweedy three-button, center-vent sports jackets and tan gabardine and charcoal gray suits with no shoulder padding.

They lasted for years and years, and I still have some of the ties.

En route, I also stopped at the Canterbury Shop and Payne and Merrill on Charles Street in pursuit of the preppy look, which, incidentally, required saddle shoes, dusty bucks or cordovans from Hess Shoes on Baltimore Street.

I was delighted to read that the store is still in business downtown, and just around the corner from its original, elegant, English-country-style building on Redwood Street.

And I look forward to meeting the younger Mr. Jacobs and his master tailor, Frank Motta.

Long may they sew and sell and endure.

Jack Sherwood, Severna Park

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