David Hornbeck wrote one of the strongest, most coherent opeds (“Former Maryland state superintendent: Hogan is wrong about the Kirwan Commission,” Aug. 23) that I’ve read on the pages of The Sun in quite some time. It is a model of persuasive writing. He makes a clear claim. He uses facts and evidence, then connects those facts back to his original claim. It’s a wonderful piece of writing. It is also a wonderful example of a piece of writing that will compel no one to change their mind.
The problem with the piece is the inclusion of President Donald Trump. Mr. Hornbeck equates Gov. Larry Hogan with President Trump. It halts the argument. For Trump supporters, being lumped in with a moderate is a deal breaker. Mr. Hogan supporters will think it a piece meant for laughs in comparing the two men. Not to mention that the president’s inclusion in the piece is a signal to the left that this is a partisan issue. Improving public education, or any other issue, shouldn’t have to be a partisan issue first and foremost.
Whether you read this piece the first time or not, find it and take it back out. Use a black Sharpie to cross off the two sentences referencing Mr. Trump’s leadership. The argument is every bit as strong, and it might even convince you to think differently.
Adam Sutton, Towson
The writer is a Baltimore County Public Schools parent and teacher.