Rank RoadsEditor: For months, Remington has been...

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Rank Roads

Editor: For months, Remington has been an obstacle course of unmarked speed bumps and spiked auto traps. It looks like some kind of construction is going on. After all, it must be as easy to bury a pipe completely as to half-bury it, and it must be as easy to lay those metal plates flat as to lay them with the corners sticking out.

My guess is that it's another of those government experiments to see how much punishment the citizens will take without squawking. Any other suggestions?

Paul Romney.

Baltimore.

Honoring Indians

Editor: Your July 10 letter writer is wrong: Congress will be right to change the name of Custer Battlefield National Park to Little Big Horn and to authorize a monument to the American Indians who fought there.

It is not revisionist history to restore a place's name or to erect a monument to a worthy adversary. Indians may have been outlaws to the U.S. government in 1876, but they were certainly not so in their own eyes. After all, their only crime was to defend their native lands.

Fueled by greed for more land and ignorance of the worth of Indian life, the white armies were ordered to slaughter native Americans and cheat those who survived. The Indian should be honored for his resistance, both in and by his own country.

George A. Custer and the 7th Cavalry will always have their place in our history. The American Indians deserve theirs as well.

William H. duBell.

Walkersville.

Sword or Slavery

Editor: In commenting about renaming the battlefield located at Little Big Horn, individuals have begun to show their bigotry and lack of knowledge of history, battles and warfare.

They take quill in hand, dip it in acerbity and generalize about the red man as a savage, murderer and rapist when quite the opposite was true in the era of the egregious George Custer. He was America's Cromwell, Genghis Khan, Attila and Saddam rolled into one. Study his massacre of men, women, children, horses and cattle at a Cheyenne camp at Washita in Indian territory, which is only one of many. He was well known for his ruthless conduct. For that one campaign, he would have been court-martialed and shot today.

The final episode began after the Sioux treaty of 1868 when two miners of his "military expedition" found gold. When the discovery was, a stampede of white miners entered the territory in violation of the treaty and the then-government ceased trying to eject them. General Custer and others were sent in to push the Indians out and then onto small reservations where they were being starved as winter neared.

Under these conditions, would not any real man take up the sword rather than submit to slavery?

Gabriel G. O'Doherty.

Baltimore.

Unhappy Workers

Editor: The unhappy worker is an unproductive worker.

This truism has escaped the usually astute Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who ordered state employees to be on the job 4 1/2 extra hours weekly without extra compensation. The Sun, which editorially supported the governor's action, also seems to have lost perspective over how negative management adversely affects human nature.

Many state employees, when on a 35 1/2 -hour week, put in more hours than that. Countless numbers are at their desks long before the customary 8:30 a.m. starting time. To keep up with mounting work, many take shorter lunch breaks, while still others, because of emergencies, are on the job long after the 4:30 p.m. quitting time.

Will these same employees now feel the same loyalty and dedication to their work? No way.

As for the $180 million estimated to be saved yearly, this has to be a pie-in-the-sky figure. Any sizable savings will come from unfilled vacancies created by workers seeking other employment and from those opting for early retirement.

Abner Kaplan.

Baltimore.

Double Standard?

Editor: I am perplexed (and saddened) by the contradictory stance you have taken on emerging democracies during these turbulent times.

On July 2, you slammed the Algerian government for cracking down on citizens by using tanks. Yet on June 29, you endorsed brutal treatment of the Slovenian people by the Yugoslav army: ". . . the federal army has proclaimed victory, . . . and now the federal presidency can seek compromise."

Where is the morality and vision of your editorial staff? Why is it OK to brutally suppress a peace-loving Alpine people, yet wrong to do the same to the Algerian people?

Does The Sun have different standards of human rights and civil law for different nationalities? Should you endorse the maintaining of a unified (Serbian-dominated) Yugoslavia at any cost of human life?

Thankfully, President Bush and Secretary of State Baker are beginning to realize that America can only stand for democracy by siding with Slovenia and Croatia in their struggle against the Yugoslav army and the government of Serbia.

It's time we stand up for peace and democracy in Eastern Europe.

Anthony Margan.

Alexandria, Va.

Market Records

Editor: I want to dispute the claim by the Dietz family that their 66 years in the Northeast Market is a record for continuous operation of a municipal market stall. For 70 years, three generations of my family operated a meat stall in the Cross Street Market. When my father opened his business in 1916, the Nunnally Bros. were already established. That business is now run by a family member, Edward Nunnally. I'm sure they have been in the Cross Street Market for at least 80 years.

Bill Friese.

Bel Air.

Beauty Is Essential to the City

Editor: Perhaps it's budget cutbacks, maybe it's people not putting much value on beauty, but whatever the reason, there seems to be a growing lack of concern for some of the physical treasures of the city. Probably many readers see this negligence in their areas of the city.

In my area (Druid Park), we have what many consider the finest view -- the Conservatory, the botanical gardens. New greenhouses are being built around the 100-year-old building after at least six years of planning. In the meantime a perfectly beautiful ornate Victorian fence was knocked down and replaced by a cheap treated-lumber stockade fence.

Just weeks before, a few visitors and myself were remarking on its beauty up close, adding that all that seemed needed was some scraping and painting. Someone must have thought it faster and cheaper to put up the stockade. Who's making these decisions? Is there no preservation committee? Are the Parks and Recreation people uneducated on preservation?

Just as mindless a decision was made eight years ago when the Conservatory staff and city officials railroaded out the rare and beautiful clay tennis courts (rapidly vanishing from America) that were part of the Conservatory when it was built in 1888. Because they were not white-lined regularly for players to rely on scheduling some matches, the decision-makers thought they were unappreciated.

At least five months ago, the main entrance to the Conservatory was painted white, in loud contrast to the original creme color of the rest of the structure. I was hoping that it was just a prime coat, but it appears now that it's here for a long time. To build a temporary greenhouse behind the Conservatory took at least a year -- a job that seems like it could have been done in a month or two. (Did the entire replacement of the dome in the late 1960s take as long?) It was almost as reprehensible as the two years it took to restructure and paint the tiny Latrobe pavilion on the lake.

The fountain in the lake has not as of July 10 been turned on. As a private citizen, for the nine years I have lived in this area, I have had to call or write a letter to the public works commissioner to have some influence to get the fountain going every single year.

Isn't the beauty of our city's outstanding sights worth preserving and flaunting for ourselves and our visitors? Is beauty just a frill? Sometimes I think we are going to be as ugly as Detroit or Cleveland if all we pay for are the "essentials" (unfair to put down these cities, but they have a reputation of not being places people want to move to). I think our beautiful sights are "essential," enhancing our pride in our city and making us feel good daily.

We really could attract more people to live here and increase our tax base if we gave more care to beauty. Am I the only one disturbed at the poor work the city is doing in this area?

Michal Makarovich.

Baltimore.

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