The board claims, "the raises are necessary to keep quality, employees in the school system." Who are they kidding? They could decrease the salaries of half of those central office employees listed, and discover that none of them would go anywhere. They have become permanent fixtures, unlike the teachers, who are bombarded with more and more pressures to increase test scores despite problems ranging from substance abuse and child neglect, to disrespect and aggression from students who clearly need an alternative placement.
Instead of worrying about being the "market going rate" for the state, why doesn't this county begin a new trend by revisiting their priorities? Cut these unnecessary positions and free up money to go to areas which directly enhance student success and learning.
Every year, the board cries to the County Commissioners for money, "for the children." I guess we can see why they need it. As usual the people at the top are always taken care of first. We now also know who the people at the bottom are: The children.
Steve C. McKimmy
Good singers are all gone
To the editor:
Most all good quality singers with distinguishable voices are all gone.
There are probably a few left who perform at the Grand Old Opry but certainly not like it was during the period of its greatest popularity. Each performer then had their unmistakable individual recognized voice and skill in musical harmony.
They could harmonize with the melodic parts of most of the musical compositions. Today's performers voices seem to all sound alike and are certainly not gifted with rhythm. When some of the original country sound has gone to "pop" or rock and roll it is probably because of the contracts with the publishers and recorders so they have to play and sing some songs whether they want to or not.
Today's generation of entertainers is lacking in commendable qualities, in other words mediocre.
Aurthur P. Keifer
A good vote for the kids
To the editor:
Has the nation finally learned its lesson that continuing to ask our schools to accomplish more, while taking away their scarce resources, isn't going to work?
I hesitate to be so optimistic, but I was heartened by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski's vote in favor of fully funding the federal share of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act in a conference committee meeting of the bill last week.
While IDEA is a great idea, the federal government never puts its money where its mouth is and refused to fund its end of the deal, leaving states to pick up the bill.
But this year, Congress has a chance to do that - and Senator Mikulski voted in favor of fully funding the federal share of IDEA.
Senator Mikulski recognizes that IDEA isn't just about kids; it's about providing needed money to over-stretched state budgets. And Maryland's budget is over-stretched, with no real remedy in sight.
Maryland should be grateful to Senator Mikulski for taking a stand and voting to fully fund the federal share of IDEA. Her vote is one against an unfounded mandate, and for the future of all kids.
Claude H. Sasse
God allows free will
To the editor:
I was moved to write after reading a letter from Mark Labozzetta, in which he basically renounced God and all he is.
I am not a "Bible-beater" and I am not writing to preach. But, on God's behalf, I would like to speak up.
Mark, when God created the heavens and the earth, his intention was to make a paradise where people could live forever. His mission has never changed. But when Satan challenged God and said that Adam and Eve shouldn't have to obey God that's when free will came into the picture.
God has to allow free will in individuals. He is a very loving God who isn't going to force anyone to believe in or pray to him. This is a treasure we must find within ourselves.