|Readers' views: July 18
Did you realize that
seven of the nine current U.S. Supreme Court justices were nominated
by Republican presidents?
Two and a half
years into the current administration's control of the White House,
with control of both congressional houses, there is still no
partial-birth abortion bill on the president's desk.
Over 10 years and 10 million abortions ago,
the first President Bush had the opportunity to appoint a pro-life
Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Sadly, he gave
us the pro-abortion David Souter.
Blackmun, a Nixon appointee, authored Roe v. Wade.
This White House is not pro-family, as is
clearly illustrated by its lack of defense of the controversial
remarks by the staunchly pro-life Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.
The Republicans, like the Democrats (they are
all Republicrats) are tied to the United Nations' "war on
Did you realize that
the entire world's population could be stood up within the city
limits of Jacksonville, Fla.? Thirty billion square feet divided by
6 billion people gives about five square feet per person. No, the
world is not overpopulated!
I used to
believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, that Lee Harvey Oswald
killed John F. Kennedy, and in Darwin's fairy tale of evolution.
Upon closer inspection of the evidence, all these beliefs have
proven to be false.
Please join with me
and my fellow patriots and help us reclaim our nation. Help us build
a true pro-life America First Party. Go to
party.org for further information.
DAVID A. NOLD
The positions taken by letter writers in favor
of the Four Seasons development on Kent Island fall into interesting
There is the "We have visited
K. Hovnanian Cos. projects in New Jersey and Virginia and they are
wonderful!" group. How did these writers come to visit those
projects, and at whose expense?
group decries the cost to Queen Anne's County taxpayers of
responding to the litigation involving Four Seasons. Its writers
don't mention that Hovnanian initiated such litigation.
This group also says that a minority is
objecting to Four Seasons. That is, of course, untrue. A majority of
Queen Anne's County voters voted out the former county commissioners
for their abject sponsorship of anything resembling excessive
Hovnanian claims to have the
interest of Queen Anne's County at heart. It is peculiar, then, that
after the citizens voted against the commissioners responsible for
the Developer's Rights and Responsibilities Agreement, Hovnanian
Perhaps it believes
corporate wisdom is more profound than that of the majority of
voters? I, for one, don't think so, and I believe history would back
Yet a third group of letter
writers has now been marshaled from afar: New Jersey and even
distant Georgia. Their "poor" relations simply cannot live on Kent
Island unless Four Seasons becomes a reality. One can only wonder
how these people are managing to live there now, and why these lost
souls are calling upon their distant relatives for aid and
There is an interesting grouping
of the subject matter of these letters, leading one to think of
orchestration. I do not know that, of course. I am merely
editorial (The Capital, June 13) claimed that new programs are
replacing "ancient teaching methods."
Here are just some of the teaching methods
currently used by Anne Arundel County public school teachers:
differentiated instruction, reciprocal teaching, brain theory
instruction, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning,
co-teaching, interdisciplinary instruction, Socratic questioning
(the only ancient one), and numerous academic, behavioral and
update their knowledge of pedagogy and will use many methods in
whatever programs are chosen.
school system does a great job of training teachers in new, proven
methods of instruction. And teachers use their own time to update
their methods of instruction, too.
would be interested to know what ancient methods you have observed
that are ineffective. If there are none, then I think that, while
writing an editorial decrying cheap shots, you may have taken one
yourself. You have insulted the professionalism of all teachers and
the staff development of our county schools, perhaps
What if a teacher thinking
of working in our county reads your editorial and assumes that our
county does use ancient methods? Your editorial added a new
divisive, demoralizing and inaccurate facet to an already complex
Your columnist, psychologist
Scott Smith, showed the best understanding of the positive effect
teachers have on the community and teachers' motivation for the
work-to-rule action (The Capital, June 12). Perhaps you could find
some way, similar to Scott Smith's, of promoting understanding of
- No Jumps-
Published July 18, 2003, The Capital, Annapolis,
Copyright © 2003 The Capital, Annapolis,