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Issues matter in City Council, not race

In Michael Fletcher's Nov. 21 article regarding redistricting in Baltimore city, I was referred to as a "white councilman" who is worried about losing his seat.

It may come as a surprise, but some of us in the council and in the communities are concerned about quality of representation and fairness to our citizens. The 2nd District has long had a proud tradition of coalition politics which has resulted in representation very reflective of population. I have for seven years represented a district which is 75 percent African-American.

As history will bear out, there are many advantages to continuity in many areas of our city. It is unfair to the citizens of Baltimore to constantly imply that issues are mostly related to race without mentioning the greater concerns of the people of the communities who comprise our council districts.

Anthony J. Ambridge

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The writer is a 2nd District councilman.

What return?

What, pray tell, are we to receive in exchange for your 40 percent increase in newsstand price? Is The Evening Sun going to hire its first conservative editor, editorialist, columnist or even cub reporter? Is there any possibility an attempt will be made to balance your reporting, or are you going to ignore the large and growing portion of Maryland's population that is fed up with local liberal politics and your paper?

If it is true that price increases adversely affect sales and the majority of a paper's revenue come from advertising, then it makes sense to appeal to the broadest portion of the population. I am not alone in having given up my subscription because your paper is currently hopelessly liberally biased.

Ernest Wessel Jr.

Cardiff

Real differences

The "three views of Christian-Jewish relations" presented in Other Voices on Nov. 28 really amount to one view from the vantage point of the Bible-believing Christian. It is the view that we should blur our differences.

The question cannot be begged this easily but remains the same for Jew and Gentile alike: Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Is he the Messiah and Son of God as the New Testament teaches, or is he something else? Gentile Christians, like myself, are indebted to Jews like Jesus, Paul, and Peter for the faith we possess.

It is not a faith easily reconciled with the teachings of modern Judaism, Catholicism, or Protestantism, however. It rests on the words of Jesus: "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me (John 14:6)."

Jesus is the author of an exclusive hope and no amount of text-twisting or criticism will obscure this fact. What religious liberals may call intolerant, we call a matter of serious biblical conviction. Without this conviction, all religious are not merely equally valid; they are equally foolish and contradictory.

The possibility of being regarded anti-Semitic by people who ignore the teaching of scripture is the price of holding to biblical teaching. If the whole Bible is taken seriously, though, you will find no place there for pogroms or denial of Jesus as the Messiah. It is an act of love to point Jew and Gentile alike to the only hope of forgiveness. The real hate crime is holding out false alternative hopes to the human race.

tuart R. Jones

The writer is pastor of the First Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Baltimore.

No free lunch

Those young men who seek to use the military services as a springboard for a free ride through college have had a rude awakening.

They are now shouting, "Hell, no! We won't go!"

Why did they think the services needed "a few good men"? What do they think is the function of our armed forces? The very fact that they're armed should give them an inkling. They should be reminded of John F. Kennedy's admonishment, "Ask not what you country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

To the young men who have not as yet "pledged their lives" to their country, they should do it only after very serious thought, and the final conclusion should not be "a free college education."

Blanche K. Coda

Baltimore

Klanish thinking

Had I not read the headline of Wiley Hall's column (Nov.22) on Terence Johnson, my first impression would have been that Mr.Johnson had been wrongfully jailed for a crime he didn't commit. He is upset because he is 27 years old and has never been to a fraternity party or had the chance to do other things that some people have done by that age. It was as if his life had been stolen.

Then, Mr.Hall callously and sarcastically reminded his readers why Johnson was in jail and was deserving of some sympathy. He had killed a cop. Well, Hall writes, it was actually two cops.

Well, officers Albert Claggert and James Swart were the ones who had their lives stolen. Their families gathered this Thanksgiving without them. Were they supposed to feel sorry for Terrence Johnson because he's never been to a fraternity party?

Whether anyone agrees or not, the overall implication of Mr.Hall's column is that Johnson, who is black, should be forgiven because the officers he killed were white. That type of thinking is no better than the philosophy of the skinheads or the Ku Klux Klan.

ames S. Teague

Aberdeen

Hypocrites

Those who enter the woods to disrupt the deer hunting season are hypocrites. At this point the only danger to this state's deer herd is overpopulation. When overpopulated, the deer destroy their habitat and then all the deer die, not just some of them.

Where were the protesters when the rockfish season opened? The rockfish is a grand and elegant fish that is truly in danger of extinction. The season should have been closed five more years, but I have not seen an animal rights zealot utter one word for the protection of this magnificent fish.

David B. Humes

Essex

Good work

I'm glad Governor Schaefer has such a cavalier attitude toward pay raises for state employees: When asked about raises, he said, "We're all lucky to have a job."

With the enormous salary he's making now, he can afford to make such statements. I don't see him offering to forgo his latest raise why should everyone else?

athy L. Miller

Parkton

Food for thought

On Nov. 20, you reported that a state budget cut of $235,000 would eliminate two very inexpensive and efficient volunteer-run food programs the statewide Nutrition Assistance Program and a migrant nutrition program serving the Eastern Shore.

The next day, a local radio station reported that, due to mounting criticism, Governor Schaefer would no longer raise private funds for the refurbishment of the governor's mansion in Annapolis.

Perhaps a few of those patrons could be persuaded to shift their attention and funds to benefit those with higher priority needs. Surely Governor Schaefer would show just as much appreciation if these two "Do It Now" style programs could be saved.

alissa Ruffner

Baltimore

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